Social Transformation | Teach for Justice | Identity, Racism, Social Justice

Grade Levels
6th - 9th
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42 slides / 45 pages
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*Updated* November 23, 2020

The purpose of this unit/series of journal entries is for students to begin work on socially transforming school and neighborhood communities! I believe that the work needed to become an anti-racist society starts with work on one's self, which is why lesson 1 of this unit touches on identity. Lesson 1 is free in my store! This resource also includes pre-work for teachers. The pre-work can be found in the teachers note section once you've downloaded the unit. There is a google slides version for hybrid/blending learning. Great for Google Classroom, Schoology, etc. There are also PDF versions that can be printed and used for an interactive notebook/journal set up for face-to-face learning.

Each lesson plan includes common core standards for 7th and 8th grade AND social justice standards from Teaching Tolerance! Although the lesson plans include standards for 7/8, this can easily be adapted to meet the needs of grades 6-12.

The texts in this resource are real life experiences from real people.

This unit contains 5 lessons:

Lesson 1: Identity Journal

Students will be able to:

•Define and describe identity and its importance

•Explain aspects of our own identities

Lesson 2: Privilege and Rights Journal

Students will be able to:

•Define privilege and rights

•Evaluate the difference between privileges and rights

•Discuss how privilege works in our society

Lesson 3: Prejudice and Racist Ideas Journal

Students will be able to:

•Define prejudice and racist idea

•Analyze and evaluate real life experiences in which certain aspects of a persons identity experience prejudice / racism

Lesson 4: Antiracism Journal

Students will be able to:

•Define antiracism

•Read and analyze quotes to determine meaning and connection to antiracist work

•Interview trusted community members

Lesson 5: A Plan for Action (Text and Written Response Organizer

Students will be able to:

•Read and annotate “Gerardo speaks Out” text

•Respond to text dependent questions

•Write an allyship action plan

Total Pages
42 slides / 45 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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