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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60 LESSONS

Before Rosa Parks: Frances Watkins Harper

The title “Before Rosa Parks” loosely links a number of lessons that discuss African-American women who were active in the fight for civil rights before the 1950s. This lesson highlights Frances Watkins Harper, who challenged power structures in the South by talking to free former slaves about voting, land ownership and education—and fought segregated public transportation.
Grade Level
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
History
Social Justice Domain

Strong Women and Gentle Men

The nonviolent Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s included a good mixture of young people, both boys and girls. They worked bravely in the face of a fierce unwillingness by other citizens to granting basic rights to all people. This lesson explores what gave those boys and girls the power to stand up for what was right; how they reacted to the messages they were getting from society; and what today’s students can learn from those experiences.As part of this discussion, students will draw parallels between today’s gender issues and the Civil Rights movement. They will review popular magazines and look at how the media portray girls and boys differently. Afterwards, they will create a found poem to express their views. This activity shows the importance of strong women and gentle men through the screening of "The Children's March," a film about the role of young people in the Civil Rights movement. Teachers receive the film for free; get the details and download the Teachers’ Guide here.
Grade Level
Subject
Social Studies
History
Social Justice Domain

Critical Viewer Activity

In this lesson, students will be introduced to some of the hidden tactics often used by advertisers in marketing their products. Students will be asked to consider the impact of these tactics on self-esteem and body image, and to come up with some alternative advertising styles that could send healthier messages. The activities were adapted with permission from the GO GIRLS! Curriculum produced by the National Eating Disorders Association.
Grade Level
Subject
Social Studies
Science & Health
Social Justice Domain