Kindergarten: Identity and Inclusion

Skin Again by bell hooks

A story about how skin color is only one facet of a person’s identity. Students think about what it means to be left out or included and how they are different from one another .  Students then explore the many identities in their classroom by creating a puzzle with pieces made by everyone. 

Grade 1: The Story of Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges (1960)

Students will understand the meaning of equality and its importance in the lives of young people. They will explore how segregation affected everyday life and discuss the impacts of inequality.

Supplementary Materials: Photo Handout, Discussion Questions

Grade 2: Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins

The Greensboro Sit-Ins (1960)
Reading Carole Boston Weatherford’s book Freedom on the Menu, students learn about the effects of segregation on a child’s family and daily life. Students then explore nonviolent responses to injustice by creating their own picket signs.

Supplementary Materials: Photo Handout

Grade 4: Immigration

Julia Moves to the United States
A narrative about a girl who moves to the United States from the Dominican Republic. Students will then role play in pairs as a reporter and Julia and then switch roles to contemplate how this kind of life transition might feel.

Grade 5: Jackie Robinson Taught Us More Than Baseball

Jackie Robinson (1947–1957)
Students read Teammates by Peter Golenblock and use the story of Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey, and PeeWee Reese as a framework for discussing the importance of friendship, teamwork, and standing up for what is right.

Supplementary Materials: Photo HandoutDiscussion Questions

Grade 9: Letter from Birmingham Jail

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1963)
Students read Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham City Jail and discuss its connection to current events and its application to principles of civil disobedience and nonviolence.

Supplementary Materials: Lesson Plan