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Analyzing Environmental Justice

This lesson helps students understand how pollution disproportionately affects people who are poor and members of racial and ethnic minorities as well as use a map to locate environmental injustice.
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Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
ELL / ESL
Math & Technology
Science & Health
Social Justice Domain
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Charity and Justice: What’s the Difference?

This lesson has students distinguish between charity (volunteering in a soup kitchen) and justice (working to end the inequalities that make soup kitchens necessary). It asks students to think about root causes (inequality) versus symptoms (poverty that leads to the need for soup kitchens).
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Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain
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The New Deciders

“The New Deciders” examines the influence of voters from four demographic groups—black millennials, Arab Americans, Latino Evangelicals and Asian Americans. Viewers will meet political hopefuls, community leaders, activists and church members from Orange County, California, Cleveland, Ohio, Greensboro, North Carolina and Orlando, Florida, all of whom have the opportunity to move the political needle, locally and nationally.
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Editorial Cartoon: Racial Profiling

Using Editorial Cartoons to Teach Social Justice is a series of 14 lessons. Each lesson focuses on a contemporary social justice issue and begins with a basic strategy for interpreting editorial cartoons. In addition, each lesson helps build students’ background knowledge about a particular social justice issue. The objectives in every lesson combine these disciplines to challenge students and promote critical thinking skills. Although lessons may be used in sequence, each can also be used independently.This lesson focuses on an editorial cartoon that uses irony to comment on the April 2010 immigration law passed by Arizona legislature. The law aims to identify immigrants who are in the country illegally, but questions have been raised about how police decide who should be stopped and asked for papers. One criticism is that the law encourages racial profiling. In this lesson, students analyze an editorial cartoon that comments on that law using irony.
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Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Arts
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain
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Women’s Suffrage

This lesson is the fourth in a series called Expanding Voting Rights. The overall goal of the series is for students to explore the complicated history of voting rights in the United States. Two characteristics of that history stand out: First, in fits and starts, more and more Americans have gained the right to vote. Second, over time, the federal government's role in securing these rights has expanded considerably.
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Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Civics
Social Justice Domain