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Mini-Lesson: Teaching the 4 I's of Oppression

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Short Online Experience to Learn about this Core Topic

About the Mini-Lesson

This mini-lesson introduces you to the 4 I’s of Oppression framework and unpacks how oppression operates as a system.

ADL's mini-lessons are short, interactive, online lessons for educators to learn about a core ADL topic, theme or activity. 

Essential Questions 

This self-paced mini-lesson will explore these key questions:

  • What is oppression?
  • How does the 4 I’s of Oppression framework help us understand oppression as a system?
  • How can you use the 4 I’s framework in the classroom?


25 minutes. Move at your own pace, pausing and resuming as needed.


Be sure you have audio capability to hear voice over explanations.