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These robust, ready-to-use classroom lessons offer breadth and depth, spanning essential social justice topics and reinforcing critical social emotional learning skills.

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News Consumers' Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

This lesson focuses on PEN America's News Consumers' Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. Students will read the bill of rights, rephrase some of the rights and responsibilities, and rank the rights in order of importance. Finally, students will work together to construct a short dramatic skit that shows the significance of one right of their choosing.
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Digital Literacy
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Arts
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain
February 12, 2018

Media Consumers and Creators, What Are Your Rights and Responsibilities?

This lesson focuses on the concept of "fake news" and the responsibilities of news and media creators and consumers. Students will explore PEN America's News Consumers' Bill of Rights and Responsibilities and read an article about "fake news" that presents strategies on how to approach digital sources.
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Digital Literacy
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain
February 13, 2018

'Mathematics for Our Past'

Our students come from upper-middle-class homes and live in a sheltered suburban community with little exposure to anyone significantly different than themselves. Teaching tolerance is difficult when they have few experiences with diversity. This project introduces students to a diverse group of people who experienced intolerance.
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History
Math & Technology
Social Justice Domain
July 6, 2009

Strong Women and Gentle Men

The nonviolent Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s included a good mixture of young people, both boys and girls. They worked bravely in the face of a fierce unwillingness by other citizens to granting basic rights to all people. This lesson explores what gave those boys and girls the power to stand up for what was right; how they reacted to the messages they were getting from society; and what today’s students can learn from those experiences.As part of this discussion, students will draw parallels between today’s gender issues and the Civil Rights movement. They will review popular magazines and look at how the media portray girls and boys differently. Afterwards, they will create a found poem to express their views. This activity shows the importance of strong women and gentle men through the screening of "The Children's March," a film about the role of young people in the Civil Rights movement. Teachers receive the film for free; get the details and download the Teachers’ Guide here.
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Social Studies
History
Social Justice Domain
July 6, 2009
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