What is Social Justice? (ELA)

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Introduction

Are your students community contributers? Get them involved! In this lesson, students view two to three short videos that relate to social justice. After comparing the videos they will draw inferences in order to understand the meaning of social justice. Next they will define Social Justice in their own words according to their understanding of how the concepts are communicated through the videos.The class will need to come to a consensus and write a whole class definition of social justice.

Lastly, students view and respond to a series of photographs that represent a variety of modern day and historical social justice issues. They will also choose a powerful photograph and write a mini research paper, present their photograph to the class, and finish the unit with a letter written from the point of view of the person in the photograph or as a witness to the issue the photo represents.

What is Social Justice?

Videos/Responses
15 Minutes
Explore and respond to social issues represented in photographs.
15 - 30 Minutes
Analyze one photograph using guiding questions.
30 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
    • Production and Managerial Arts
    • Performing Arts
    • Design, Visual, and Media Arts
K-12 Subjects
  • English-Language Arts
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Social Justice Introduction

Standards

California English Common Core Standards (2)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • The students will be able to:
  • observe, describe and analyze visual text.
  • compare the content of videos in order to infer meaning of the concept of social justice
  • define social justice and explain is what it means
  • increase awareness of important issues that affect the well being of people, the environment, and society as a whole
  • research one photograph/social justice issue

Program Information and Grade Levels

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
    • Production and Managerial Arts
    • Performing Arts
    • Design, Visual, and Media Arts
K-12 Subjects
  • English-Language Arts
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

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