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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
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    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
    LEARNING PLAN

    Experiences of the Enslaved

  • Explain the growing resistance to slavery and New Jersey's role in the Underground Railroad.
  • What were the violent and non-violent methods of resisting slavery?
  • How does Harriet Jacobs' narrative shape our understanding of the system of American slavery?
  • Grade Level
    6-8
    Subject
    Reading & Language Arts
    Social Studies
    Social Justice Domains
    LEARNING PLAN

    Washington State Civics

  • How does privilege shape the lives of individuals and groups?
  • What effect does injustice have on people and groups?
  • How have people advocated and fought for justice throughout history?
  • What is a just society?
  • How do bias and prejudice undermine equal rights?
  • Why do we feel empathy for others when they are mistreated?
  • How would society be affected if no one took responsibility for standing up for others?
  • What happens when we speak up to bigotry and what happens when we do not?
  • How have people advocated and fought for justice throughout history?
  • How can people with less power stand up to people with more power?
  • What is the difference between being treated unfairly by another person and receiving unequal treatment under the law?
  • What is the difference between being treated unfairly by another person and receiving unequal treatment under the law?
  • How does privilege shape the lives of individuals and groups?
  • Can progress take place without action?
  • Why do some people stand up to prejudice and unfairness while others choose not to?
  • Grade Level
    6-8
    LEARNING PLAN

    Sample 1

  • How are our identities today shaped by society?
  • 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
    Civics
    Social Justice Domains