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Addressing Racism from Susan Traugh's Daily Living Skills is a timely workbook to help students understand racism and the effects of systemic racism in our society today. By breaking down this complex subject into simple, short lessons, Addressing Racism helps students with special needs approach the topic of racism with understanding and confidence.

Addressing Racism provides instruction in adult living skills and transitional skills for both mild-to-moderately affected special needs students and general education students alike and provides adult living skills for special needs teens to meet federal transition mandates. It is a stand-alone unit providing students with skills to live independently by providing them the background and knowledge to understand the effects of racism and handle themselves in a way that is respectful toward others and socially responsible.

Like the other books in this series, it contains airy pages and bullet-point information for easy, independent study, yet, these books, nevertheless, respect teens’ maturity and humor while presenting federally mandated Indicator 13 skills and transition skills needed for adult independence. Carefully researched information on the virus and behavior during lockdown are provided in a calm, reassuring manner.

Because of the complex nature of the materials along with the extensive vocabulary inherent in the subject (i.e. racial inequality, systematic racism, etc.), this book's reading level tracks higher than most other books in the series (coming in a 7.2 on the Fleshman-Kincaid scale with vocabulary and 5.2 without.) Nevertheless, students have still found the books to be very accessible as all concepts and vocabulary are defined in simple terms immediately and students' comprehension is supported throughout the book. Each lesson is taught in a short one-to-four page format with follow-up worksheets/activities to check comprehension. Real world activities are provided whenever possible.

Lessons in Daily Living Skills' Addressing Racism include:

  • What is Racism
  • How Racism Hurts (All Parties)
  • How Racism Hurts the Economy
  • Myths about "Them and Us"
  • But, We're Better (Part of a Team)
  • What Different Cultures Have Given Us
  • It's in the DNA
  • Ancient Migration and Color
  • Myths about Immigrants
  • Fixed Number Fallacy
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Systematic Racism
  • Unequal Justice
  • 7 Steps to Ending Racism

Additionally, this book provides a student grading sheet, answer key and a Parent Letter suggesting at-home activities for families in accordance with federal mandates for parent involvement.


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