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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Social Justice Domain
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500 Lessons

News Consumers' Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

This lesson focuses on PEN America's News Consumers' Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. Students will read the bill of rights, rephrase some of the rights and responsibilities, and rank the rights in order of importance. Finally, students will work together to construct a short dramatic skit that shows the significance of one right of their choosing.
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Subject
Digital Literacy
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Arts
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain

Media Consumers and Creators, What Are Your Rights and Responsibilities?

This lesson focuses on the concept of "fake news" and the responsibilities of news and media creators and consumers. Students will explore PEN America's News Consumers' Bill of Rights and Responsibilities and read an article about "fake news" that presents strategies on how to approach digital sources.
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Subject
Digital Literacy
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain

Exploring Community History and Cultural Influence

In this lesson, students will explore the role of culture in their lives and in their community. Students will learn that the some of the differences among people are the result of culture, and that when we talk about the behaviors and beliefs that groups of people have in common, we are talking about culture.
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Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain

Early African Calendars

Many math educators believe that learning about the multicultural history of mathematics can help a more diverse range of students achieve math success. Knowledge of their ancestors' contributions, proponents say, could enhance students' interest in algebra, for example, which was brought to Europe in books written by Islamic scholars from Central Asia, Arabia, Turkey, and North Africa. The following excerpt and activity, examines the origins of early North African number systems.
Grade Level
6-8
Subject
Social Studies
History
Math & Technology
Social Justice Domain