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9th & 10th Grade English Social Justice Two-Week Unit

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Welcome! Thank you for your interest in my two-week social justice unit for ninth and tenth-grade English students. I created this unit based on the principles of antiracism and social justice. The unit aligns with Common Core State Standards for reading informational/literary texts and writing and Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards. I hope to share this affordable two-week unit that encourages students in ninth and tenth grade English to dive deeper into their origins to unearth personal biases. I believe the path to antiracism in our country begins in the classroom through exploratory and research-based units such as this one. 

The unit provides in-person and online students the opportunity to join together for courageous conversations about racism in our country. With this unit's purchase, teachers receive an 11-page unit plan, including lesson sequences for ten class periods, suggestions and instructional best practices, and further suggestions for modification and differentiation. Those who purchase the unit will also receive access to an expository review paper summative assessment, a rubric for the essay, four handouts/activities for students, and original posters I created to display in the classroom. 

Lesson Topics

  • Day One: Who Do You Think You Are? 
  • Day Two: Who Do You Think You Are? 
  • Day Three: What Is Social Injustice? 
  • Day Four: History of Racism in America
  • Day Five: The Civil Rights Movement 
  • Day Six: Desegregation In Schools
  • Day Seven: Segregation In Schools Today
  • Day Eight: Racism In Modern America
  • Day Nine: Writing Workshop
  • Day Ten: Writing Workshop

Texts Used Throughout Unit

  • "My Name" by Sandra Cisneros 
  • Children's Literature - teacher choice 
  • "I Have A Dream" by MLK, Jr.
  • An assortment of texts from Teaching Tolerance - teacher choice
  • "High School Training Ground," Malcolm London TedTalk  
  • "Wisdom from a Trailblazer: Ruby Bridges Talks Racism in Education" 
  • Excerpts from The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Total Pages
34 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Apply grades 9–10 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., “Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is valid and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; identify false statements and fallacious reasoning”).
Apply grades 9–10 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work [e.g., how Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare]”).
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

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