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These robust, ready-to-use classroom lessons offer breadth and depth, spanning essential social justice topics and reinforcing critical social emotional learning skills.

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504 Lessons

The Color of Law: Creating Racially Segregated Communities

This lesson is the first lesson of the series The Color of Law: The Role of Government in Shaping Racial Inequity. In this lesson, students examine the local, state and federal policies that supported racially discriminatory practices and cultivated racially segregated housing.
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Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
History
Economics
Social Justice Domain

Media Consumers and Creators, What Are Your Rights and Responsibilities?

This lesson focuses on the concept of "fake news" and the responsibilities of news and media creators and consumers. Students will explore PEN America's News Consumers' Bill of Rights and Responsibilities and read an article about "fake news" that presents strategies on how to approach digital sources.
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Digital Literacy
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain

News Consumers' Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

This lesson focuses on PEN America's News Consumers' Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. Students will read the bill of rights, rephrase some of the rights and responsibilities, and rank the rights in order of importance. Finally, students will work together to construct a short dramatic skit that shows the significance of one right of their choosing.
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Digital Literacy
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Arts
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain

You Are the Product

In this lesson, students will explore the concept of “going viral” and how advertisers use social media to promote their products and identify potential customers.
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Digital Literacy
Reading & Language Arts
Math & Technology
Social Justice Domain

How Fair Use Works

This lesson focuses on copyright and fair use. Students will discuss these concepts and then complete a project demonstrating what they learned.
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Digital Literacy
Reading & Language Arts
Math & Technology
Social Justice Domain