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Let’s Talk About Lula: Using Chapter 12 of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' to Explore Multiple Perspectives
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Although most students would agree that To Kill a Mockingbird explores the ...

Although most students would agree that To Kill a Mockingbird explores the brutal injustice of the Jim Crow South in a small town, they do not always realize that the novel has little explicit acknowledgement of the African-American response. While the injustice is clearly perpetrated against African Americans, readers observe the suffering only through the eyes of the white characters. Chapter 12 provides a brief moment where students can see the reaction of one African-American character, Lula. Spending time looking at and understanding Lula’s anger toward Scout and Jem is critical to teaching this novel.

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Literature
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The Voting Rights Act, 1965 and beyond
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This lesson is the third in a series called Expanding Voting Rights. ...

This lesson is the third in a series called Expanding Voting Rights. The overall goal of the series is for students to explore the complicated history of voting rights in this country. Two characteristics of that history stand out: First, in fits and starts, more and more Americans have gained the right to vote; and second, the federal government has played an increasing role over time in securing these rights.

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Social Science
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The 26th Amendment
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This lesson explores the most recent constitutional expansion of voting rights: extending ...

This lesson explores the most recent constitutional expansion of voting rights: extending them to people between 18 and 21 years of age. Students will read the 26th Amendment and learn about its history. They will view an NBC report from Nov. 5, 2008, that explains how important the youth vote was to the election of Barack Obama. Finally, they will examine the results of a recent study showing that young voters have very different concerns than older voters, and hypothesize about how young voters might affect elections in 2012 and beyond.

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U.S. History
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Southern Poverty Law Center
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Lesson 3: How Art Can Be Activism
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This lesson is part of the series, Picturing Accessibility: Art, Activism and ...

This lesson is part of the series, Picturing Accessibility: Art, Activism and Physical Disabilities, which provides students opportunities to discuss what they know and don't know about accessibility, ableism, and stereotypes regarding people with disabilities.

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Arts and Humanities
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Southern Poverty Law Center
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Teaching Tolerance
School Integration 55 Years Later
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In this lesson, students learn about the state of Central High School ...

In this lesson, students learn about the state of Central High School and integration in Little Rock 55 years after the crisis. In 1957, the conflict in Little Rock changed the nation, but in the process, the small, Southern city was also transformed. The events that made Little Rock famous exposed the city’s divided views on racial integration. Although these divisions persist, the battle lines are not as black and white as they were in the past.

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U.S. History
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Teaching Tolerance
Accepting Size Differences
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There is no doubt that modern lifestyle changes have contributed to the ...

There is no doubt that modern lifestyle changes have contributed to the problems of overweight and obesity among adults and children. Some school health and physical education programs are tackling the challenge of integrating healthier eating and regular exercise into the lives of students. But what about the social challenges that face children who are overweight? And how do media messages reinforce the bias they already experience among many of their peers? In these lessons, students will evaluate both their own biases related to size differences and the ways in which media shape those biases.

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Education
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Southern Poverty Law Center
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Teaching Tolerance
Activate Activism: Creating Our Mural, Part One
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Making art together is one of the most important ways students can ...

Making art together is one of the most important ways students can engage in a collaborative process, and talk about the messages and methods they believe in. Art takes time and process. Once children have had a chance to look at different symbols and think about the importance of technique, colors, shapes, and styles, it is time with each other and their art materials that will really allow them to express themselves, finding their voices as artists and activists simultaneously.

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Arts and Humanities
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Southern Poverty Law Center
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Teaching Tolerance
Activate Activism: Creating Our Mural, Part Two
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As students move forward with work on their activist murals, it will ...

As students move forward with work on their activist murals, it will be important for them to think about managing their time and materials. It will also be important for them to remind themselves and each other of their messages and ultimate goals. Continuing work on an ongoing project can be challenging for some children, but it is an important part of developing an identity as someone who does good and important work. Make sure you show respect for the challenging aspects of this activity as your students move ahead with their mural.

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Arts and Humanities
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African Americans Face and Fight Obstacles to Voting
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In this lesson students learn about the Reconstruction Amendments (13th, 14th and ...

In this lesson students learn about the Reconstruction Amendments (13th, 14th and 15th) that abolished slavery, guaranteed African American citizenship and secured men the right to vote.

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U.S. History
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Southern Poverty Law Center
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Teaching Tolerance
Against the Current
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As the nation observes Native American Heritage Month, Teaching Tolerance offers a ...

As the nation observes Native American Heritage Month, Teaching Tolerance offers a wealth of activity ideas tied to Thanksgiving, Native mascots and indigenous people's proud heritage of resistance. Native American activists use civil disobedience and consensus-building to resolve an old dispute over environmental resources.

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Reading
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The Aleut Evacuation: An Overlooked Injustice
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The history of a proud indigenous people during WWII. The Aleuts of ...

The history of a proud indigenous people during WWII. The Aleuts of St. George and St. Paul, Alaska were removed from their homes by the U.S. government and interned in poor conditions during the war. These readings and activities explore this little known incident in American history.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
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Activity/Lab
Reading
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America by the Numbers
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America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa, a PBS documentary series produced ...

America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa, a PBS documentary series produced by the Harlem-based Futuro Media Group, reveals how dramatic changes in the composition and demographics of the United States are playing out across the country.

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Social Science
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Southern Poverty Law Center
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Anti-Racism Activity: 'The Sneetches'
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Before conducting this activity, educators may want to discuss historical information about ...

Before conducting this activity, educators may want to discuss historical information about racism and diversity issues. In the story The Sneetches, written by Dr. Seuss, yellow bird-like creatures take students on an adventure where green stars become the symbol of discrimination and privilege. After reading the story aloud, let students participate in the following activities that can be adapted with or without the story.

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Education
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Southern Poverty Law Center
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