"What remains in the end is a deep longing for justice. . .We want you all to remember what happened to our children so that it never happens again."
In this lesson, students will describe aspects of their identities such as race, gender, class, age, ability, religion and more. They will watch two video clips featuring Marley Dias, an eleven-year-old girl who started the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign, a book drive with the goal of collecting 1,000 books featuring African-American girls. After learning about the campaign, students will review illustrated books in their classroom and school library and analyze whether the characters in the books reflect their own identities or the identities of their families and friends. Finally, students will write a book review on one of the books and examine how the book’s characters are similar to or different from them.
Students begin by exploring relevant vocabulary words. They then view a video about Jaylen Arnold, a young boy with Tourette syndrome, and how he has overcome bullying by children who did not understand his condition. Students will discuss Jaylen’s story and create posters to help communicate his message. They will then develop guidelines for how they can celebrate diversity and reduce bullying and share these guidelines with other classrooms.
This lesson helps students appreciate diversity among their peers and the diversity of immigrants all over the world. Through hands-on exercises, students will discover similarities and differences they share with other children.
This activity is designed for use with our free curriculum kit, Mighty Times: The Children's March, designed for the middle and upper grades.
In this middle school lesson, students will create their own imaginary cities, deciding where to place amenities such as parks and libraries, as well drawbacks such as environmental hazards. Then they will compare their cities to the real world – where resources and hazards often aren't distributed fairly.
Students will examine themselves within various contexts—including family, culture and community—as a means to better understand who they are as individuals and who they are in relation to people around them. The lesson asks students to consider “Who is an immigrant?” and challenges them to dig deeper and extend their response as they come to understand themselves more deeply. Students will complete one of two extension activities at the end of this lesson: creating a cereal box suitcase or connecting with a pen pal.
In this lesson, students get in touch with their “inner scientists,” first by viewing a video of a four-year-old solving a complex problem and then by working together to explain a discrepant event. Students also consider attributes shared by many scientists: curiosity, perseverance and the ability to problem-solve.
America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa, a PBS documentary series produced by the Harlem-based Futuro Media Group, reveals how dramatic changes in the composition and demographics of the United States are playing out across the country.