Teaching Tolerance and Celebrating Diversity

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Essential Question
  • What groups do I belong to?
  • How do I see myself? Is it the same way others see me?
  • What identities do I share with my family? What identities do I have that are different from my family?
  • Does my identity mean I get to do things other kids can’t, or keep me from doing something?
  • What rights do I have?
  • What are the differences between how I live and how others live?
  • How can I learn more about other people?
  • How can I show people I like them?
  • What does it mean to be unfair? In class? In school? At home? In my community? In the world?
  • How does unfairness make me feel?
  • How have people been treated unfairly in the past?
  • How have people stopped unfairness in the past?
  • If a person is in charge, does that mean they can do anything?
  • How can I be kind to all people?
  • What can I do to make things fair?
  • How do I speak up when I see people treated unfairly?
  • Why is it scary to speak up sometimes?
  • How can many people speak up together when people are treated unfairly?
  • How can I make the world, my class, my street, a better place?
  • What steps can we take to make something better?
  • When will I stand up for others?
  • What has happened throughout history to people like me?
  • How do I get to know others and allow others to get to know all of me?
  • How do I benefit from my identities?
  • How can I ask people about their lives and experiences in a respectful, kind and understanding way?
  • What does it mean to be human?
  • What privileges are available for certain groups of people but not for others?
  • When is a person’s humanity denied?
  • What contributions have people made to justice and fairness historically?
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