Social Justice

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Essential Question
  • What makes us who we are?
  • How are our identities today shaped by society?
  • How do different parts of our identities combine to make us who we are?
  • What does it feel like to be belittled or criticized because of your identity?
  • What is the difference between feeling proud and feeling superior?
  • Why might people not feel safe to express all their identities?
  • How are people similar to and different from each other?
  • What are the benefits and challenges of living in a diverse society?
  • How can we celebrate what we have in common while also honoring our differences?
  • How can we make connections across our differences?
  • What skills are necessary within diverse societies?
  • How does an individual benefit from living in a diverse society?
  • What does it mean to say there is strength in diversity?
  • Why is it important to judge people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin, as Dr. King said?
  • What is the difference between being treated unfairly by another person and receiving unequal treatment under the law?
  • What effect does injustice have on people and groups?
  • How have people advocated and fought for justice throughout history?
  • What is a just society?
  • What additional progress has to happen for everyone to live in a just society?
  • How do bias and prejudice undermine equal rights?
  • What did Martin Luther King mean when he said, “A threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere?” What does it mean today?
  • How would society be affected if no one took responsibility for standing up for others?
  • What happens when we speak up to bigotry and what happens when we do not?
  • How can people with less power stand up to people with more power?
  • How would society be affected if no one took responsibility for standing up for others?
  • What responsibility do people have to help or defend people they don’t know?
  • Why do some people stand up to prejudice and unfairness while others choose not to?
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Mrs Bowers