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Social Justice as Told by Second Graders

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Second graders have been reading, talking, and thinking about social justice. They created this video about ways kids can work for social justice in peaceful ways.

In case it's a little hard to hear, here are the ideas they chose to share:

  • Pay Attention to the world and notice when things are unfair
  • Ask questions about what is happening
  • Learn more about what is happening
  • Gather other people
  • Make signs
  • March
  • Boycott
  • Donate
  • Volunteer
  • Stand up for yourself
  • Stand up for others (be an ally)
  • Never give up!

To build-up to this lesson, the girls engaged in discussions about the meaning of diversity and the value it brings to our lives. They learned about differences in terms of race, ethnicity, and appearance and also learned about mobility differences, medical differences, etc. 

As Martin Luther King Jr. Day approached, the students focused on the quote "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"  They talked about the things that Dr. King did for others and what other activists such as Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins has done to help others. 

When the girls were ready to think about this video, they started with the end of the Pledge of Allegiance - "liberty and justice for all."  Students came up with definitions for those words and agreed that we hadn't achieved this for all groups of people yet. They brainstormed ideas for engaging in social justice work and then each student was assigned a part and they brainstormed what they wanted to say and how they wanted to present it on the video. 

This video is the end product of all of their thinking and planning! In the background of the video, you can also see the bulletin board they made about diversity.

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