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LEARNING PLAN

Exploring Our Identities, Building Beloved Youth Community, Taking Action for Inclusion and Justice

  • What are group identities and how do they describe me? 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?
  • What does it mean to feel good about myself and how can I express that I like who I am?
  • How can I be proud of who I am and celebrate others?
  • What privileges do I have that others don’t?
  • How can I describe and compare my group identities with those of other people?
  • Can words about identity hurt people?
  • How can I ask people about their lives and experiences in a respectful, kind and understanding way?
  • Why is history important? Does it affect how people live today?
  • How can I live, work and play with others when we have differences?
  • What does it mean to be human?
  • How are we members of groups but also individuals?
  • What clues help me know when and how people are being treated unfairly?
  • What privileges are available for certain groups of people but not for others?
  • What contributions have people made to justice and fairness historically?
  • When is a person’s humanity denied?
  • What advantages or disadvantages do I notice because of identity groups?
  • How is my life easier or more difficult based on who I am and where I was born?
  • Grade Level
    LEARNING PLAN

    Why is Ethnic Studies Important?

  • What makes us who we are?
  • How are people similar to and different from each other?
  • How are our identities today shaped by society?
  • What is the difference between feeling proud and feeling superior?
  • What are the benefits and challenges of living in a diverse society?
  • How can we make connections across our differences?
  • How can we celebrate what we have in common while also honoring our differences?
  • What does it mean to say there is strength in diversity?
  • Grade Level
    6-8
    LEARNING PLAN

    Broad Horizons

  • How can I be proud of who I am and celebrate others?
  • What privileges do I have that others don’t?
  • Can words about identity hurt people?
  • How can I live, work and play with others when we have differences?
  • Why is history important? Does it affect how people live today?
  • What clues help me know when and how people are being treated unfairly?
  • What does it mean to be human?
  • How is my life easier or more difficult based on who I am and where I was born?
  • Are stereotypes fair?
  • What can one person do to create a safe, welcoming place for all?
  • Why is it important for me to stand up for others and myself?
  • Grade Level
    Subject
    Digital Literacy
    Social Studies
    History
    SEL
    Arts
    Social Justice Domains
    LEARNING PLAN

    Teaching Intersections of Oppression and Resistance

  • How does my social location affect my identities?
  • 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 present our identities change depending on where we are or the people we are with?
  • Grade Level
    6-8
    Subject
    Social Studies
    History
    Economics
    Social Justice Domains
    LEARNING PLAN

    Inclusion and Belonging: Creating Culturally Responsive Drama Curriculum

  • • What makes us who we are?
  • • How can I be proud of who I am and celebrate others?
  • • How do I get to know others and allow others to get to know all of me?
  • • What groups do I belong to?
  • • What are my identities?
  • • How do I know I’m part of a group?
  • • What are my identities?
  • • How do I know I’m part of a group?
  • • 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?
  • Grade Level
    6-8
    Subject
    Arts
    Social Justice Domains
    LEARNING PLAN

    Learning and Building Social Justice

  • What is "social justice"?
  • How do we work for social justice in the midst of social injustice?
  • What makes us who we are?
  • How are our identities connected to our needs and rights to social justice?
  • 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
    TEXT
    Multimedia

    In a trailer park, isolated mothers pursue a shared dream

    Metro Atlanta trailer park
    “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