Teaching social justice is something I always do in my classes, regardless of what is happening in the news. Classic literature shows us that issues of equality and justice have always existed. From Huck Finn to To Kill a Mockingbird to 1984, issues of race, class, and technology teach us to be more self aware, to think about others, to show empathy.
With the current political climate and the seemingly endless killings
of innocent youth and police officers, it is impossible to ignore the tragedies around us. We have to find ways to reach our students and start conversations about what is happening in the real world, especially with our high school students who will take a college or career pathway very soon.
This year, I want to make sure my students have the opportunity to discuss issues that matter to them and issues they may not know a Lay that Trumpet in Our Hands as my core text, my honors and college prep students will read, write, and discuss issues of social justice as it relates to race, diversity, and equality.
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With about a week and a half left before school begins for teachers in my district, I am starting to plan this unit little by little, still trying to enjoy the last few days of summer vacation. As I plan the unit and add resources, I will share and hopefully receive some comments/ideas/feedback from colleagues and teachers around the world.
Here is my overall plan as it stands right now. Remember, that this is just a rough outline, and I will develop the resources and lesson plans in the coming days.
Discussing Social Justice
Lay that Trumpet in Our Hands
Excerpts from Henrietta Lacks
I am Malala
(idea) Choose an area of social justice and write a persuasive essay where you convince your audience (government/president?) that they should create/pass a bill regarding your topic.
Supplemental for Teachers