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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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Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice | Exposing Gender Bias

Each lesson in this series builds background knowledge about a particular social justice issue and addresses at least one English language arts skill. The lessons also help students “read” photographs by having pupils describe what they see, identify the mood and point of view, analyze color, light, and shadow, and determine how the photographs fit into the context in which they were taken.Before the women’s movement started in the 1970s, common stereotypes about women suggested that they were more emotional than intelligent, that they were better suited to mothering than to other types of work, and that beauty was perhaps their most important virtue. Thanks to the women’s movement, many of those stereotypes no longer have much weight. Increasingly, women join men in high-powered professional jobs, hold important political positions, and fulfill many roles besides—or in addition to—motherhood. Nonetheless, stereotypes of women persist. Some photos express those stereotypes; others challenge them.
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Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain
June 27, 2011

Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice | Exposing Anti-Immigration Sentiment

The photo shows an anti-immigration protest on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley. People with picket signs are arguing for stricter immigration policies that would make it a felony to be in the United States illegally. In this lesson, you will analyze two photographs, each dealing with a different element of identity. This is part of the Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice series.
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Topic
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Arts
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain
July 7, 2011

Who We REALLY Are

Sometimes students get stuck on superficial notions of identity, both in understanding themselves and in looking at their classmates. This activity uses literature to challenge stereotypes and help children think about their inner selves. It also allows them to explore metaphor, other poetic language and visual artistic expression as they get to know themselves and one another better.
Grade Level
Social Justice Domain
August 24, 2010

Stars for Diversity

This is one of my favorite tolerance activities. It helps students think about leaving others out of groups and tolerating differences within the classroom. You will need many small self-adhesive stars of six different colors (any shape of stickers may be used).
Grade Level
3-5
Social Justice Domain
August 24, 2010

Building a Bridge of Understanding

Each year in my art room, I introduce a unit of study focused on the art and culture of another country or region. This year I decided to focus on Islamic art and culture. Since I provide art instruction to approximately 500 students in my little corner of the world, I thought this focus would be an opportunity to help build a bridge between Muslim students and non-Muslim students and begin a dialogue about Islam.
Grade Level
6-8
Topic
Social Justice Domain
August 24, 2010
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