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LEARNING PLAN

Secret Agents of Kindness

  • Students will develop positive social identities based on their membership in multiple groups in society.
  • Students will express pride, confidence and healthy self-esteem without denying the value and dignity of other people.
  • Students will express empathy when people are excluded or mistreated because of their identities and concern when they themselves experience bias.
  • What makes us who we are?
  • Grade Level
    6-8
    Subject
    Reading & Language Arts
    Social Justice Domains
    LEARNING PLAN

    Learning and Building Social Justice

  • 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?
  • 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?
  • Grade Level
    6-8
    Subject
    Social Studies
    Civics
    History
    Economics
    Social Justice Domains
    LEARNING PLAN

    Conflict/Relationships

  • Identity - How do my relationships create conflicts and help me to find solutions?
  • Diversity - How do people in my community deal with conflicts? How do other people form positive relationships? How do differences lead to conflict?
  • Justice - What forces lead to conflicts (social, political, economic)? What groups of people benefit from conflict?
  • Action - How can we create relationships to overcome causes of conflict? How can we be allies to help create equitable resolutions to conflict? What can we do to make people feel safe?
  • Grade Level
    6-8
    Subject
    Reading & Language Arts
    Social Studies
    Social Justice Domains
    LEARNING PLAN

    Embracing Diversity Through History

  • What makes us who we are?
  • How are our identities today shaped by society?
  • Do the ways we identify ourselves change over time?
  • How do different parts of our identities combine to make us who we are?
  • Do the ways we present our identities change depending on where we are or the people we are with?
  • Grade Level
    6-8
    Subject
    Reading & Language Arts
    Social Studies
    Social Justice Domains
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    Multimedia

    In a trailer park, isolated mothers pursue a shared dream

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    “Zindy is a Mexican immigrant and domestic abuse survivor who lives with her five children at an isolated Atlanta-area trailer park. She notices that other park residents — immigrants from Mexico and Central America — struggle with the same issues she does, such as English fluency, reluctance to trust others, and limited access to education and other services. Zindy views their shared isolation as an opportunity and unites mothers in the community with similar cultural norms and practices — not to address shared problems, like domestic abuse, but to realize their common dreams for their children. This is the story of how they forged cultural ties and mutual trust, and the confidence to seek outside help in creating an escuelita (“little school”).”
    Grade Level
    6-8
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    TEXT
    Multimedia

    Familiar food turns a refuge into a home

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    “Padam and Purna were forced from their homeland in Bhutan and trapped in camps in Nepal for decades before being resettled in an alien land: Clarkston, Georgia. The refugees have found some stability, but still feel frustrated and uprooted, which leads to domestic violence and suicide in the refugee community. Padam and Purna realized that familiar food is the first step to feeling at home. They have opened a food store and other refugee-run businesses, which offer safe spaces and sources of mutual support for all the Asian refugees in Clarkston, who are united by their experience of trauma.”
    Grade Level
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Subject
    History
    Economics
    Geography
    Social Justice Domain
    TEXT
    Multimedia

    Birdsong guides a tribe home

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    “The desert-dwelling Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians were uprooted from their ancestral lands. For decades, they were cheated of the property rights deeded to them by the U.S. government, and then subject to restrictive deed provisions. Not until the 1980s were they able to develop their own land in Palm Springs, and only recently have they begun to restore the springs revered by their ancestors. Tribal council member Anthony J. Andreas III battles the severe mental health problems that afflict the traumatized tribe by reviving ancestral practices. Traditional Bird Songs and pottery help today’s youth draw strength from the tribe’s sources of spiritual resilience.”
    Grade Level
    6-8
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Subject
    History
    Social Justice Domain