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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.

“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.”

107 LESSONS

Talking Back

This is the twelfth lesson in the Reading Ads with a Social Justice Lens series.As children learn about justice and injustice, and become increasingly aware of stereotypes and bias in the world around them, it is crucial for them to develop a sense of agency and power in confronting these issues. By responding in writing to some of the issues that arise in their critical viewing of advertisements, students have a chance to work on communication skills while striving for greater social justice and performing civic activism.
Grade Level
Social Justice Domain

The Importance of Female Voices

This lesson examines the gender discrepancy among Wikipedia contributors. Students create their own class wiki in order to discover why, despite Wikipedia’s policy of openness, girls and women comprise only 13 percent of Wikipedia contributors.
Grade Level
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Social Justice Domain

Family Spotlight

At the beginning of each school year I extend an invitation through a letter to all my students’ families. I ask them to sign up for a 15- to 30-minute class visit to share a talent, hobby or anything else interesting about someone in their family. I call each of these a “Family Spotlight.”
Grade Level
3-5
Social Justice Domain

The People Puzzle

Each fall, I look forward to the joy and adventures of teaching new students. The more the students and I understand about one another, the richer their learning experiences.
Grade Level
K-2
Social Justice Domain

Stitching It Together

This lesson is the fourth and final in a series called “Family Tapestry.” One goal of these lessons is to help students recognize and accept differences among themselves and within the larger community. Another is to recognize how each student’s unique family contributes to a richer society. As students begin to understand themselves better, learning opportunities to explore biases and prejudices will likely emerge. In this lesson, students will synthesize everything they’ve learned throughout the series to create a quilt that tells the story of their families and how those families contribute to their overall classroom community.
Grade Level
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
SEL
Arts
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain

Every Family Is the Same. Every Family Is Different.

This lesson is the third in a series called “Family Tapestry.” One goal of these lessons is to help students recognize and accept differences among themselves and within the larger community. Another is to recognize how each student’s unique family contributes to a richer society. As students begin to understand themselves better, learning opportunities to explore biases and prejudices will likely emerge. In this lesson, students learn the concepts of “same” and “different,” read and answer questions about two types of families, and create a “same and different” graphic organizer that reflects similarities and differences between their family and a classmate’s family.
Grade Level
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
SEL
Arts
Social Justice Domain