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 3: Jackie Robinson Taught Us More Than Baseball 

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

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: Student Activism Collage Making 

Students will learn about major student activist movements and tactics used. This lesson emphasizes student voice and agency. 

Student Activism PowerPoint

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

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 Video