Lessons

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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47 LESSONS

Who Is an Immigrant?

In this lesson, students 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.
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Topic
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
SEL
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain

Exploring Young Immigrant Stories

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.
Grade Level
3-5
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Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Geography
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain

The New Deciders

“The New Deciders” examines the influence of voters from four demographic groups—black millennials, Arab Americans, Latino Evangelicals and Asian Americans. Viewers will meet political hopefuls, community leaders, activists and church members from Orange County, California, Cleveland, Ohio, Greensboro, North Carolina and Orlando, Florida, all of whom have the opportunity to move the political needle, locally and nationally.
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Pass or Fail in Cambodia Town

In “Pass or Fail in Cambodia Town,” host Maria Hinojosa visits Long Beach, California, where she finds a Southeast Asian community struggling with what one interviewee describes as a “trauma-informed history.” Far from the stereotype of Asians as a “model minority,” less than 65 percent of Cambodian adults in the United States have graduated from high school. Cambodia Town, a neighborhood in Long Beach, is a community plagued by poverty and gang violence.
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Social Justice Domain

Politics of the New South

In “Politics of the New South,” Maria Hinojosa revisits Clarkston, Georgia, featured in a previous episode and notable for its immigrant population. It’s three days before an election in which three former refugees are running for city office for the very first time.
Grade Level
Social Justice Domain

“Mainstream, USA”

In this lesson, students will see how statistical data can tell a larger story, understand numbers in various contexts and explore different points of view in relation to data. They will also consider how—as future voters—they will help determine how the political process can serve everybody.
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Topic
Subject
Social Studies
Math & Technology
Social Justice Domain

America by the Numbers

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.
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Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Economics
Geography
ELL / ESL
Math & Technology
Social Justice Domain

Editorial Cartoon: Racial Profiling

Using Editorial Cartoons to Teach Social Justice is a series of 14 lessons. Each lesson focuses on a contemporary social justice issue and begins with a basic strategy for interpreting editorial cartoons. In addition, each lesson helps build students’ background knowledge about a particular social justice issue. The objectives in every lesson combine these disciplines to challenge students and promote critical thinking skills. Although lessons may be used in sequence, each can also be used independently.This lesson focuses on an editorial cartoon that uses irony to comment on the April 2010 immigration law passed by Arizona legislature. The law aims to identify immigrants who are in the country illegally, but questions have been raised about how police decide who should be stopped and asked for papers. One criticism is that the law encourages racial profiling. In this lesson, students analyze an editorial cartoon that comments on that law using irony.
Grade Level
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Arts
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain