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The First 100 Days

The First 100 Days
When two sides fail to come together after a classroom election, the teacher institutes the 100 Days plan to try to keep the newly elected accountable and the remaining students apprised of what they can expect from their new president.
Grade Level
3-5
Jarah Botello
Subject
Civics
Social Justice Domain
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Informational

Una Vida de Esperanza

In this interview, Luis Rodriguez describes how the systemic demoralization he faced in school and society at a young age drove him to join a street gang and how writing his book, Always Running, was an attempt to call his son and other young people in similar situations to change their lives.
Grade Level
Luis Rodriguez and Sara Bullard
Subject
Civics
Social Justice Domain
TEXT
Informational

Loving for All

Richard and Mildred Loving were plaintiffs in the historic Supreme Court ruling Loving v. Virginia, which struck down race restrictions on the freedom to marry. What follows is Mildred Loving’s public statement delivered on June 12, 2007, the 40th Anniversary of the decision.
Grade Level
Mildred Loving
Subject
Civics
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain
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Informational

Peace Begins With You

Katherine Scholes begins this informative piece by describing the multi-facted nature of the word "peace" and what it can mean to different people at different times. Then she provides concrete ways that each of us can be a peacemaker.
Grade Level
Katherine Scholes
Subject
Civics
History
Economics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
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Literature

Shoulders

In this poem, the speaker sees a man carrying his son across the street and is struck by the tenderness the man displays for the child. The speaker realizes that humanity must cloak itself in this same caring nature.
Grade Level
Naomi Shihab Nye
Subject
Civics
Social Justice Domain
TEXT
Visual

Bullying

There you stand.
Pat Bagley says he created this cartoon "for all those who are cruelly made to feel out of place in this world."
Grade Level
Pat Bagley
Social Justice Domain
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Literature

Ninth Ward

The narrative voice belongs to Lanesha, a 12-year-old girl growing up in New Orleans. Lanesha is frequently picked on and teased because she has a special gift—the ability to see ghosts and spirits. Used to being bullied herself, in this scene Lanesha is a witness when someone else is the target.
Grade Level
Jewell Parker Rhodes
Social Justice Domain