Learning about justice includes deconstructing prejudice, stereotypes, biases, discrimination and privilege. Students need to understand these dynamics as they apply justice everyday through interactions and behaviors. Students also learn about systemic discrimination throughout history as well as how these patterns play out today to create or perpetuate disadvantage.
JUSTICE: Social Justice Standards
Justice 11. Students will recognize stereotypes and relate to people as individuals rather than representatives of groups.
Justice 12. Students will recognize unfairness on the individual level (e.g., biased speech) and injustice at the institutional or systemic level (e.g., discrimination).
Justice 13. Students will analyze the harmful impact of bias and injustice on the world, historically and today.
Justice 14. Students will recognize that power and privilege influence relationships on interpersonal, intergroup and institutional levels and consider how they have been affected by those dynamics.
Justice 15. Students will identify figures, groups, events and a variety of strategies and philosophies relevant to the history of social justice around the world.
Fiction: Cause & Effect, Analyze CharactersPerspective: Ingenious, Cree
Nonfiction Narrative: Sequencing, Categorizing, Author's Craft, Cause & EffectPerspective: Black American
Narrative Nonfiction: Character AnalysisPerspective: Black American
Oral Tradition: Story Structure, Figurative Language, VisualizePerspective: Iroquois Confederacy
Fiction: Cause & Effect, Figurative language, (comparing birds migrating), Sequencing, ThemesPerspective: Refugee
Fiction: Descriptive Language, Story Structure, Cause & EffectPerspective: Unconscious Bias
Nonfiction: Summarizing, Main Idea & DetailsPerspective: Black Americans, Africans who were enslaved
Nonfiction: Figurative Language, Key Ideas from historical context at the back of the bookPerspective: Black American
This resource helps teachers and parents find books that inspire conversations with children that affirm their lived experiences, encourage a genuine curiosity and love for diversity and inspire them to identify solutions to solve problems in their communities.
If this is your first time hearing about the Social Justice Standards, learn more here.