Exploring Identity, Privilege & Oppression

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Wellness Dialogues
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8th - 12th
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Wellness Dialogues
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Why are some identities granted social privileges more than others? How does oppression manifest on ideological, institutional, interpersonal, and internalized levels? In this unit, students will explore their various identities and the ways in which oppression and privilege manifest in American society. Students will use the 4 I's of Oppression as a framework to analyze one oppressed social group (-ism) in a focus group.

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45 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.


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