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.”

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58 Lessons

The First Amendment and Freedom of Religion

In this lesson, students will use the case of Park51’s Islamic Cultural Center as a starting point for a discussion about whether religious freedom is absolute and if religious freedom requires respect for other religions.
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Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Civics
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain

The Rich Tapestry of Religion in the United States

“The Rich Tapestry of Religion in the United States” features three lessons that help students assess the religious diversity of the United States, explore different religious and non-religious worldviews, and consider how freedom of religion relates to their own lives and the lives of others.
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3-5
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Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Math & Technology
Social Justice Domain

Taking a Closer Look at Religions Around the World

This lesson offers a starting point for exploring religions and faith traditions, creating an ongoing respectful dialogue about religious tolerance. By helping students understand the roots of varying faiths, we help them to better comprehend the reasons behind divergent national and international religious beliefs. Building knowledge and comprehension of context can increase our compassion and consideration for other people and faiths. This lesson includes activities and projects that are easily expanded upon through further research and is designed to encourage in-depth study of these topics over a longer period of time.
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Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain

Free to Believe!

This lesson introduces freedom of religion to students and asks them to consider how they might respond in an authentic situation related to religious freedom.
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3-5
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Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Civics
SEL
Social Justice Domain

One Nation, Many Beliefs

This lesson introduces students to several different religions and asks them to examine data to determine how many people across the United States follow those religions as well as how many people do not have a religious affiliation.
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3-5
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Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
SEL
Social Justice Domain

My Way Is Not the Only Way

This lesson asks students to identify similarities and differences between different belief systems.
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3-5
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Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
SEL
Social Justice Domain

Inaugural Prayers in History

In this lesson, students will discuss the diversity of clergy members who spoke or prayed at inaugurations since 1937. As Donald R. Kennon, Chief Historian of United States Capitol Historical Society in 2005, noted, "the role of clergy in our inaugural ceremonies is a recent development that began in 1933, when Franklin Roosevelt had a minister to give a benediction, and then his following inauguration had an invocation and a benediction. And it has involved Catholic priests. It has involved Protestant ministers. It's involved Jewish rabbis. So there has been a little bit more diversity. … [But we should remember that] religion supports the government. The government doesn't necessarily support or favor any specific religion…" Students will discuss: Is Kennon right? When a President-elect invites someone to pray at an inauguration, does that represent an endorsement of a particular religious view? Is it an expression that some views are legitimate and others are not? Who has not been represented at the inauguration?
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Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Civics
History
Social Justice Domain