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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

    Exploring Diversity Through Worlds Religion

  • Why is it important to respect other people's beliefs?
  • How would you describe religious freedom? Why is it important?
  • How are people similar to and different from each other?
  • What are the benefits and challenges of living in a diverse society?
  • How can we celebrate what we have in common while also honoring our differences?
  • How can we make connections across our differences?
  • How do communities become diverse?
  • Grade Level
    6-8
    Subject
    Social Studies
    Social Justice Domains
    LEARNING PLAN

    Mass Imprisonment

  • How do our various group identities shape us as individuals?
  • What part do culture and history play in the formation of our individual and collective identities?
  • How do our various group identities shape us as individuals?
  • What is the difference between feeling proud and feeling superior?
  • How do our intersecting identities shape our perspectives and the way we experience the world?
  • How do we remain true to ourselves as we move in and out of different communities, cultures and contexts?
  • How could one person’s identity threaten another person’s rights?
  • How does struggle help define who we are?
  • How do our similarities and differences impact the relationships we have with people inside and outside our own identity groups?
  • Grade Level
    Subject
    Social Studies
    Social Justice Domains
    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