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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.”
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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Subject
History
Economics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
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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
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Barracoon

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This excerpt from Barracoon, which provides a first-person account from the last living man transported from Africa to America as an enslaved person. The excerpt shows Zora Neal Hurston arriving at Cudjo Lewis’ house to speak with him about his past in only the way he can.
Grade Level
6-8
Zora Neale Hurston
Subject
History
Social Justice Domain
LEARNING PLAN

Who am I

  • Who are you as a person?
  • what can you do to make people comfortable
  • We are all different here, we are not the same
  • Grade Level
    6-8
    Subject
    Social Studies
    History
    Social Justice Domains
    LEARNING PLAN

    Diversity

  • How am I the same as other people? How am I different from other people?
  • What are the differences between how I live and how others live?
  • Can people who share my identity still be different from me?
  • Does everyone have the same rights?
  • Grade Level
    Subject
    Social Studies
    Civics
    History
    Social Justice Domains
    LEARNING PLAN

    Diversity: An opportunity for enlightened perceptions

  • How do diverse settings offer new perceptions of life?
  • Why is it important to look outside of the media to learn more about other cultures, beliefs and traditions?
  • I can understand the opportunities of growth in society in relation to diversity.
  • I can recognize aspects of life that may differ from mine through different ways.
  • Grade Level
    6-8
    Subject
    Reading & Language Arts
    Social Studies
    Social Justice Domains
    LEARNING PLAN

    English/Social Studies

  • 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?
  • What is the difference between feeling proud and feeling superior?
  • How can we celebrate what we have in common while also honoring our differences?
  • Grade Level
    Subject
    Reading & Language Arts
    Social Studies
    Civics
    History
    Economics
    Geography
    Arts
    ELL / ESL
    Math & Technology
    Science & Health
    Social Justice Domains
    LEARNING PLAN

    Different Perspectives

  • What would the world be like if there was no kindness? Why is kindness important?
  • What do we find when we look from other people's perspective?
  • How are our identities today shaped by society?
  • 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?
  • Grade Level
    6-8
    Subject
    Reading & Language Arts
    Civics
    Social Justice Domains