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Lessons

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

“Teaching Tolerance provides me with the means to promote social justice, challenge bias, and engage students in discussions about diversity that would perhaps not happen otherwise.”

71 LESSONS

Analyzing How Words Communicate Bias

This lesson, part of the Digital Literacy series, focuses on teaching students to identify how writers can reveal their biases through their word choice and tone. Students will identify “charged” words that communicate a point of view. Students will understand how writers communicate a point of view implicitly by writing their own charged news stories.
Grade Level
6-8
Topic
Bullying & Bias
Subject
Digital Literacy
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Social Justice Domain
Justice
Action

Analyzing Gender Stereotypes in Media

This lesson helps students analyze and critique messages about gender that they get from various media. Students will focus on toys and toy advertisements, challenging themselves to think past what advertisements tell them about their gender identity.
Grade Level
K-2
3-5
Topic
Gender & Sexual Identity
Bullying & Bias
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
SEL
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain
Justice

Messages from the Media

This information accompanies the lesson "Beauty is Skin Deep."
Grade Level
6-8
9-12
Topic
Bullying & Bias
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
SEL
Science & Health
Social Justice Domain
Diversity
Justice

"Turn Beauty Inside Out Day" Winning Essays

These essays accompany the lesson "Beauty Is Skin Deep."
Grade Level
6-8
9-12
Topic
Bullying & Bias
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
SEL
Science & Health
Social Justice Domain
Diversity
Justice

Challenging Gender Stereotyping and Homophobia in Sports

This lesson discusses common characteristics and stereotypes that are associated with athletes.
Grade Level
6-8
9-12
Topic
Gender & Sexual Identity
Bullying & Bias
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Social Justice Domain
Action

Gender Bias and Homophobia in Sports

This lesson discusses common characteristics and stereotypes that are associated with athletes.
Grade Level
3-5
Topic
Gender & Sexual Identity
Bullying & Bias
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Social Justice Domain
Action

Examining Stereotypes in Books

This lesson is intended to help guide children to respond to literature with an eye toward social justice.
Grade Level
3-5
Topic
Bullying & Bias
Rights & Activism
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Justice Domain
Justice

Cliques in Schools

In this lesson, students will examine the cliques within their school community. They will also explore ways to integrate the student body and form relationships across, and in spite of, controlling cliques.
Grade Level
6-8
9-12
Topic
Bullying & Bias
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
SEL
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain
Action