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Social Injustice in Literature/History

These websites are about social injustice and oppression. There are lesson plans and activities that use primary source documents as well as literary interpretations of these issues. Included are several eThemes resources on specific literary works that have social injustice as a central theme.


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Read, watch, or listen to interview excerpts with "Night" author and human rights activist Elie Wiesel.
Here is an illustrated bibliography of books for various ages that includes editorial reviews.
Students can examine and analyze some of the arguments used to win the vote for women by reading primary source documents in this lesson plan.
This article is about the tradition of protest literature in American history.
Here is a unit for teaching all or part of the novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin." This series of nine lessons explores the central themes of the novel, including slavery, women's roles, and religion.
In this lesson, students can read and discuss several poems by Langston Hughes. How did Langston Hughes express his dreams for African American people through his poetry?
Here are ideas for interdisciplinary activities on the civil rights movement in the United States.
These lesson plan ideas use the PBS documentary and primary source documents to explore issues relating to women's suffrage.
Students can investigate historical instances of genocide, such as the Holocaust, in this lesson plan. Students can then write about their research and express their opinions.
This two part lesson explores how people, and women in particular women, have dealt with social injustice.
Here is a list of resources about civil rights and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
These websites are about the book "To Kill a Mockingbird" and author Harper Lee. There are lesson plans, study guides, and vocabulary resources. Learn more about the history of racial discrimination in the United States, Jim Crow laws, and the Great Depression. Includes historical documents, photographs, and video clips. There are links to eTheme resources on the Civil Rights Movement and the 1930's.
These websites are about the book "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" by Mildred D. Taylor. Included are lesson plans, study guides, discussion questions, and more. One site gives a history of the Jim Crow Laws. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on the 1930's that includes information about the Great Depression.
These sites are about the book "Sounder" and author William Armstrong. Includes suggested classroom activities, discussion questions for each of the chapters, and descriptions of the characters. Also learn about sharecropping and coonhounds. There are links to eThemes Resources on book activities, story elements, and the Emancipation Proclamation.
These sites have discussion questions and activity ideas for the book "Under the Blood Red Sun." Also learn about author Graham Salisbury, internment camps, and religion in Japan. There are links to eThemes Resources on World War II, Pearl Harbor, baseball, and Japan.
These sites are about Yoshiko Uchida, her book "A Jar of Dreams," and the Japanese American internment camps during WWII. Included are eThemes resources on graphic organizers, Japan, and the decade of 1930-1939.
These websites are about Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and women's suffrage. Read about how these women were important leaders in the movement that got women the right to vote. There are biographies, quizzes, and activities. Includes a link to an eThemes resource on Women's History Month.
These sites are about the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. from 1954-1971. Includes several timelines with the major events of the era explained. Take an online tour of several historical spots. Topics include the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Little Rock Central High School, Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka. Read about civil rights leader Malcolm X and a first-hand account of the Freedom Rides of 1961. There are links to eThemes Resources on Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Black History Month.
These sites are about the Holocaust and the devastating impact that it had on Jewish people and others. Also includes information about Adolf Hitler, concentration camps, crematoriums, and resistance fighters. There are videos of survivors talking about their experiences, plus many photos. Includes links to eThemes Resources on World War II and "The Diary of Anne Frank."
These websites are about the book "Night" by the author Elie Wiesel. Includes author biographies, interviews, time lines, lesson plans, activity ideas, study guides, and resources on genocide. There are links to eThemes Resources on the Holocaust and World War II.

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