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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

White Anti-Racist Biographies: Early Grades

For young white students, explorations of fair and unfair, just and unjust, can go a long way in advancing anti-racist white identity. Purposeful use of literature and basic study of white anti-racists are among the key ways educators can advance such aims.Teaching Tolerance presents four short biographies for early grades classrooms, with activity ideas.
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Social Justice Domain
July 6, 2009

Reflection: What’s Your FRAME?

This activity encourages students to reflect on their individual cultures and histories, their backgrounds, the things they grew up with (some that may have been in their control and others that they had no choice about), and their values. In the end, students will begin to enlarge their perspective and recognize diversity of belief and background.
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Social Justice Domain
July 6, 2009
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