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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.

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392 LESSONS

Defining Activism

This lesson will give students the chance to think about what these crucial concepts mean and to begin considering a relationship between community activism and community building.
Grade Level
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
SEL
Arts
Social Justice Domain

Activism Online

This lesson introduces children to different ways young people have used the internet to work toward positive social change.
Grade Level
Subject
Digital Literacy
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Social Justice Domain

Art and Activism

This lesson series capitalizes on children's natural relationship to art by prompting them examine the ways art relates to community leadership and activism. The lessons can be used individually or as a full series and are not dependent on sequence.
Grade Level
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
SEL
Arts
Social Justice Domain

Activate Activism: Planning Our Message

This is lesson seven of the series Art and Activism, which begins a long-term collaborative project that focuses on thinking about art as a tool for activism. Students work collaboratively to identify and select a message or theme for a community activism mural.
Grade Level
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Arts
Social Justice Domain

How Art Can Be Activism

Learning about local activism empowers students by helping them understand the wide variety of possibilities for affecting change, beginning in their own communities. This lesson introduces students to a movement for disability rights that integrated visual arts and community activism.
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Topic
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Civics
Arts
Social Justice Domain

Activate Activism: Creating Our Mural, Part Two

This is the second part of a two-part lesson. Now that students have begun work on their activist murals, they must spend time thinking about managing their time and materials. It will also be important for them to remind themselves and each other of their messages and ultimate goals.
Grade Level
Subject
Civics
Arts
Social Justice Domain