Kindergarten: Identity and Inclusion
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
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
Supplementary Materials: Photo Handout
How Two Men Changed the Face of Baseball, by Peter Golenbock
Students will discuss Jackie Robinson and his role in the Civil Rights Movement, using 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.
Grade 4: Immigration
Julia Moves to the United States
Grade 5: Student Activism Collage Making
Students will learn about major student activist movements and tactics used. This lesson emphasizes student voice and agency.
Middle School: American Anthropological Association Lesson on Race
Students will discuss the concept of ‘race’ and how it influences our everyday experiences. We review the history of the concept and the role of science in that history. Ultimately, this lesson challenges the concept of ‘race’ and emphasizes the common ancestry of all people.
Middle School: Media Literacy
This lesson considers the rights and responsibilities of news/media consumers and news/media producers. It also reflects upon why these rights and responsibilities are essential in this age of increased digital access to media.
Grade 9: Letter from Birmingham Jail
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.