Acting Out Social Justice

Societal inequalities keep opportunities away from select groups of individuals, even when all else appears equal. High schoolers conduct research on the ways society discriminates against certain populations, including immigrants, racial minorities, senior citizens, and others. Groups then prepare a presentation and skit to demonstrate what they have learned.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the lesson after a novel unit in language arts about a persecuted group of people (e.g. Farewell to Manzanar, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Handmaid's Tale, The Color Purple, Beloved, etc.)
  • Have class members share their own experiences of being discriminated against due to age, race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, or another factor
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson advises that student groups can depict their characters in a respectful and sensitive way; if you doubt your students' ability to do so, adapt the skit project into a straightforward expository presentation
  • Additional materials provide a wealth of options for expanding the lesson beyond the classroom
  • Brings social justice from the page to students' real lives
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