Overview of Units
Unit I: Building a Strong Foundation provides lessons for students to create classroom and school climates that are conducive to the honest, respectful exchange of ideas. Lessons build upon one another, allowing for a deeper understanding of the importance of listening to one another, understanding their own feelings and the feelings of others, sharing diverse perspectives, and learning strategies for civil discourse.
Unit II: Identity and Diversity provides lessons for students to research and share their cultural experiences and explore how they connect with their intersecting identities. These lessons provide students with opportunities to explore the complexities of United States culture and to examine both the benefits and challenges of a diverse nation.
Unit III: Analyzing Information provides lessons for students to enhance their critical thinking skills. The lessons provide opportunities for students to examine sources of information, evaluate data and investigate historical and current events from multiple perspectives. Students consider how inaccurate information and the omission of facts and diverse perspectives about any given historical or contemporary event can lead to bias.
Unit IV: Examining Bias and Discrimination provides lessons for students to recognize sources of bias and explore how bias manifests itself in U.S. society. Using both historical and contemporary examples, students analyze how stereotypes—such as those found in media, advertising and language—can lead to bias, scapegoating and exclusionary practices, including discrimination.
Unit V: Challenging Bias and Injustice provides lessons for students to share information about their own experiences with bias and to consider the effects of bias and discrimination on individuals, groups and society.