Understanding Myself and the World Around Me

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Essential Question
  • What makes us who we are?
  • Do the ways we identify ourselves change over time?
  • Do the ways we present our identities change depending on where we are or the people we are with?
  • What does it feel like to be belittled or criticized because of your identity?
  • What is the difference between feeling proud and feeling superior?
  • How are people similar to and different from each other?
  • How can we celebrate what we have in common while also honoring our differences?
  • What is the difference between being treated unfairly by another person and receiving unequal treatment under the law?
  • How does privilege shape the lives of individuals and groups?
  • How have people advocated and fought for justice throughout history?
  • What happens when we speak up to bigotry and what happens when we do not?
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