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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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“Teaching Tolerance provides me with the means to promote social justice, challenge bias, and engage students in discussions about diversity that would perhaps not happen otherwise.”

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Social Justice Domain
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14 Lessons

Contemporary Movements

The civil rights movement of the 1950s and ‘60s, during which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to prominence as a spokesperson for black people seeking equality, has been the catalyst for many contemporary civil rights movements (e.g., the Chicano movement, labor movement, environmental movement, women’s movement, LGBT civil rights movement, immigrant workers rights). This lesson invites students to see that they are part of a continuum in the long struggle for equal rights for all people.
Grade Level
Subject
Social Studies
History
Social Justice Domain

What Makes a Family?

The Census, which is taken every 10 years, collects information about household members. This activity allows students to explore diverse configurations that form families. This activity encourages students to think about their personal situations and their concepts of “family” and consider those of others.
Grade Level
3-5
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Arts
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain

The Role of Gay Men and Lesbians in the Civil Rights Movement

This lesson series introduces students to four key figures in LGBTQ history who made incredible contributions to the civil rights movement: James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry, Pauli Murray and Bayard Rustin.
Grade Level
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
History
Social Justice Domain

Art and Activism

This lesson series capitalizes on children's natural relationship to art by prompting them examine the ways art relates to community leadership and activism. The lessons can be used individually or as a full series and are not dependent on sequence.
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Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
SEL
Arts
Social Justice Domain
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Welcome to Learning for Justice—Formerly Teaching Tolerance!

Our work has evolved in the last 30 years, from reducing prejudice to tackling systemic injustice. So we’ve chosen a new name that better reflects that evolution: Learning for Justice.

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