Unit Overview 

Learners gain a historical perspective of social injustices (such as racial intolerance) and social needs.  They create an authentic argument for change in a current social justice issue, develop an action plan, and conduct a group service project.

Service Experience 
The learners, through research and inquiry, identify historical as well as contemporary social injustices. They identify their personal interest in an area of a contemporary social injustice/social need and will join with a like-minded small group to address the injustice/need through the planning, development, and carrying out a Service Project.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Social Justice: Here! There! Now! Then!
Lesson 2 of 5
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

This lesson will explore the events and circumstances (the Jim Crow Laws) that led up to the Civil Rights Movement. The lesson is designed to provide the learners with an historical understanding of circumstances of African - Americans prior to the Civil Rights movement as well as motivate them to assess some of the contemporary social injustices of their day. 

Unit: 
Social Justice: Here! There! Now! Then!
Lesson 4 of 5
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

This lesson will explain how effective writers and orators manage language in order to move others to action for the common good.  By exploring principles of rhetoric and effective communication, the learners will see that they too can marshal words to effect change on contemporary issues they care about. 

 

Unit: 
Social Justice: Here! There! Now! Then!
Lesson 5 of 5
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

Prior to this lesson, the learners will have studied racial intolerance from a historical perspective and have researched and reported on contemporary examples of social injustice/needs.  In this lesson, the learners  will put their knowledge and understanding into action by planning and completing a service project to right a social injustice/social need that promotes the common good . They will do this by helping to plan as well as participate in one of three projects identified in Lesson Four. They will then be expected to complete a journal reflecting on their service project experience.