This lesson is the third in a series called “Family Tapestry.” One goal of these lessons is to help students recognize and accept differences among themselves and within the larger community. Another is to recognize how each student’s unique family contributes to a richer society. As students begin to understand themselves better, learning opportunities to explore biases and prejudices will likely emerge. In this lesson, students learn the concepts of “same” and “different,” read and answer questions about two types of families, and create a “same and different” graphic organizer that reflects similarities and differences between their family and a classmate’s family.
"You can't continue to have a world without equal participation of men and women. That's my central thesis."
This lesson is the third in a series called Expanding Voting Rights. The overall goal of the series is for students to explore the complicated history of voting rights in this country. Two characteristics of that history stand out: First, in fits and starts, more and more Americans have gained the right to vote; and second, the federal government has played an increasing role over time in securing these rights.
This activity is designed for use with our free curriculum kit, Mighty Times: The Children's March, designed for the middle and upper grades.
Students will explore how the concept of nonviolence affected and united social change movements in the 20th century.
"One must ask, 'Are you doing everything you can?' and I think if the answer is try 'Yes,' then you fell neither hopeless nor despairing."
"The myth of male superiority can only be demolished with shining examples of female achievement against which nobody could argue intelligently."
In celebration of Title IX's anniversary, we highlight one family's struggle to realize the promise of equality.
This lesson looks at an important question students will face as citizens: What responsibilities accompany our basic rights?
Examine the individuality of Jewish lives affected by or lost in the Holocaust, as well as how their communities were affected, through the finding and analysis of family photographs before and after the Nazi occupation.
This media literacy lesson helps students analyze the ways media representations about size and appearance can impact our attitudes and behaviors.
From Viva La Causa, our teaching kit about César Chávez and the Delano Strike and Grape Boycott, this lesson examines consumer support of the ongoing struggles for justice and fairness.
Using the common literary strategy of prediction, students will write descriptive compositions based on visual prompts and will connect symbolically with one of the farmworkers or allies.
Students will understand the organizational and agenda issues common among labor unions.
Classroom experiences that critically investigate the causes and meaning of poverty in our own nation offer students tools for change, and new ways to interpret the world around them.
Students will understand difference and community by exploring a special place in their lives.
In this lesson, students will use a primary source—an NBC news report from 1961—to investigate the Freedom Rides. The lesson will also explore segregation in the South and the tenets of nonviolent protest.
Increases in obesity and diet-related diseases are major health problems in the United States. During the last 20 years there has been a dramatic increase in the nation’s obesity rates, correlating with increased rates of cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, Type 2 diabetes, increased health-care costs, reduced quality of life and increased risk for premature death.
This lesson is the first in a series of lessons called “Issues of Poverty.” Students explore the causes of poverty in the United States and the factors that perpetuate it. The four lessons aim to challenge the idea that poverty is simply the result of individual shortcomings. Students will examine the ways poverty is closely related to economic and political policy, and will work to discover why it disproportionately affects members of non-dominant groups—that is, groups that have historically been oppressed.
This lesson is the third in a series called “Issues of Poverty.” Students explore the causes of poverty in the United States and the structural factors that perpetuate it. Students will examine the ways poverty is closely related to economic and political policy, and will work to discover why it disproportionately affects members of nondominant groups—that is, groups that have historically been oppressed.
This is the second lesson of the series, I See You, You See Me: Body Image and Social Justice, which helps students think about their bodies and body image as related to broader issues of social justice and the harm caused from stereotypes.
This activity helps students dissect the current social norms about physical size and appearance.
The disability rights movement makes use of art in a very direct way: Designers play a crucial role in building a world that is accessible to everyone in it. Not only do visual symbols indicate the level of accessibility of a particular place or event, for example, but the very architecture of a playground, bathroom or theater can determine who has access and who does not. Designers focused on disability rights take visual arts very seriously as well; one of many examples is the tremendous artistic work that goes into the aesthetically pleasing design of prosthetic limbs for amputees. Children deserve a chance to consider the tremendous amount of work and thought that has gone into designing many of their surroundings, and to see the potential for art to create an ever more accessible world.
Inviting others to celebrate children’s work is important for so many different reasons. It gives students a sense of pride, confidence and empowerment. Students take on the role of experts, showing others what they know and what they are capable of. It also gives family and community members a better sense of what is happening in the classroom, which contributes positively to various aspects of children’s education. Finally, it gives the teacher a sense of accomplishment that can be motivating as well as empowering.
These classroom activities accompany the Teaching Tolerance article, Chicken Soup: A Russian Tale of Giving.
Using Editorial Cartoons to Teach Social Justice is a series of 14 lessons. Each lesson focuses on a contemporary social justice issue. These lessons are multidisciplinary and geared toward middle and high school students.
This activity will help students identify similarities and differences between the U.S. Muslim population and the entire U.S. population. It will also help dispel common stereotypes about Islam.
Children are surrounded – and targeted – by advertisements: on television, the computer, even on their journeys to and from school. Children need specific strategies for reading and talking about advertisements and their impact.
Reading Ads with a Social Justice Lens is a series of 13 multidisciplinary mini-lessons that provide such strategies and build critical literacy. The lessons are designed for students in grades K-5 and include suggestions for simple adaptations.
These lessons open up important conversations about the relationship between advertisements and social justice. Children will see that they have the power to decide how media will influence them. They will also engage in social justice projects that address some of the unfair messages they find in advertising.
This series help students think about their bodies and body images in a social justice context. Each lesson looks at a different aspect of the relationship children have with their bodies. The series helps students take ownership over their own feelings and attitudes and develop an activist stance in terms of understanding body image and also looking after their own physical and emotional wellbeing.
This is the thirteenth lesson in the Reading Ads with a Social Justice Lens series.
This final lesson gives students a chance to reflect on what they have learned. Drama offers a wonderful way for students to make themselves heard. It also helps them synthesize their understandings of a topic. By working collaboratively to create their own advertisements, children will show that they are thinkers as well as activists.
This lesson encourages students to investigate domestic hunger in the United States as well as in their own communities and offers resources to support youth in the fight against hunger.
This final lesson of the series, I See You, You See Me: Body Image and Social Justice, which helps students think about their bodies and body image as related to broader issues of social justice and stereotypes.
This lesson features activities that will make students aware of the roles that undocumented immigrants play in the harvest and processing of food and other necessary products, help them understand the status of and choices that face undocumented workers in our country and appreciate the importance of human rights.
This lesson uses the strategies of “student questioning for purposeful learning” (SQPL) and jigsaw grouping to engage students in examining Constitutional issues related to school-based grooming policies.
This lesson is the fourth in a series called Expanding Voting Rights. The overall goal of the series is for students to explore the complicated history of voting rights in the United States. Two characteristics of that history stand out: First, in fits and starts, more and more Americans have gained the right to vote. Second, over time, the federal government's role in securing these rights has expanded considerably.
Activities will help students see how artists can use cartoons to express their opinions about society and culture.
This is the second lesson in the series "Using Editorial Cartoons to Teach Social Justice."
This is the fourth lesson in the series "Using Editorial Cartoons to Teach Social Justice."
People who are poor don’t have access to the kinds of resources—good jobs, high-quality education and health care, for example—that people with more money have. One thing they do have access to, unfortunately, is a disproportionate share of environmental problems. You can see why: People who can afford to, live in places far away from oil wells, factories and toxic waste dumps. People with less money more often live near those environmentally undesirable—and often dangerous—places.
This is the third lesson of the series, I See You, You See Me: Body Image and Social Justice, designed to help students think about their bodies and body image as related to broader issues of social justice and to explore the harm created from stereotypes.
This is the first lesson of the series, I See You, You See Me: Body Image and Social Justice, which helps students think about their bodies and body image as related to broader issues of social justice and the harm caused from stereotypes.