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Poverty and Unemployment: Exploring the Connections

This lesson explores the connections between poverty and unemployment. Discovering that there are not enough living-wage jobs available for everyone who wants one, students begin to see how poverty is caused by systemic factors, not individual shortcomings.
Grade Level
Topic
Subject
Economics
Social Justice Domain
LESSON

Homelessness and Poetry

In this lesson students will ponder poetry that speaks about homelessness and then write their own poem.
Grade Level
6-8
Topic
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
SEL
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain
LESSON

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).
Grade Level
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain
LESSON

Unequal Unemployment

The United States recovered from a very deep recession that began in 2007. In the years immediately afterwards, however, unemployment continued to be a problem for many Americans. The unemployment rate varies greatly between states and different races/ethnicities. In this lesson, students will examine and interpret racial unemployment rates across different states and three racial/ethnic groups (African Americans, Hispanics, and whites) from data in 2007 and 2015.
Grade Level
Social Justice Domain
LESSON

Editorial Cartoons: Poverty/Environmental Justice

This is the fourth lesson in the series "Using Editorial Cartoons to Teach Social Justice."People who are poor don’t have access to the kinds of resources—good jobs, high-quality education and health care, for example—that people with more money have. One thing they do have access to, unfortunately, is a disproportionate share of environmental problems. You can see why: People who can afford to, live in places far away from oil wells, factories and toxic waste dumps. People with less money more often live near those environmentally undesirable—and often dangerous—places.
Grade Level
Topic
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Arts
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain
LESSON

Modern-Day Heroes: People Who Are Making a Difference

The purpose of this lesson is to help students identify and recognize modern-day heroes—people who have made, and are making, a difference in their communities or in the world. Students will learn how local movements can become national, then global, movements through the activism and perseverance of upstanding individuals.
Grade Level
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
SEL
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain