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LEARNING PLAN

Learning Diversity Through Celebrated Holidays

  • How can I describe and compare my group identities with those of other people?
  • How can I describe ways people are different from me?
  • How can I live, work and play with others when we have differences?
  • Why is history important? Does it affect how people live today?
  • Grade Level
    3-5
    Subject
    Social Studies
    History
    Social Justice Domains
    TEXT
    Literature

    My Name was Hussein

    Hussein, the narrator of My Name Was Hussein, lives in Bulgaria. His Muslim family takes great pride in their religion and traditions. But soldiers soon arrive in their village and force all of the Muslims to adopt Christian names, thereby inhibiting their freedom and identities.
    Grade Level
    Hristo Kyuchukov
    Subject
    Civics
    History
    Economics
    Geography
    Social Justice Domain
    LESSON

    Migration and the Spirits of Life

    Celebrated annually on November 2, Dia de los Muertos, or "Day of the Dead," embraces life as it pokes fun at the Grim Reaper. (Note: In some regions, the celebration spans two days, from November 1st through the 2nd, in which case it is called Dias de los Muertos.)
    Grade Level
    Topic
    Social Justice Domain
    LESSON

    What Do Halloween Costumes Say?

    This lesson, adaptable across grades, is designed to help students look critically at the different Halloween costumes marketed to them in the media and other places. In schools where Halloween is observed, the activity can be used to develop guidelines for acceptable holiday garb.
    Grade Level
    Subject
    Reading & Language Arts
    ELL / ESL
    Math & Technology
    Social Justice Domain