New Resource from Teaching Tolerance Features Diverse Readings on Identity and Action

Posted by Jocelyn Stanton on December 12, 2014

Facing History and Ourselves often partners with the wonderful educational organization Teaching Tolerance to share resources and best practices that help educators, young people, and communities have safe conversations about tolerance, identity, and difficult moments in history.

At Facing History, we have created several opportunities for our teachers to meet Common Core State Standards while teaching complex and important historical moments. So we are excited to share with you Teaching Tolerance’s newest resource, Perspectives for a Diverse America, a literacy-based, online anti-bias curriculum that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The platform includes:

  • A central text anthology — This collection of short texts provides diverse voices and relevant social justice content. Many of the texts delve into issues of identity and membership, and we have found several that speak to our key Facing History case studies, including civil rights, Reconstruction, and Holocaust and Human Behavior.
  • An anti-bias framework — Users can select learning targets and write essential questions that help students engage with a range of topics related to themes often explored in a Facing History classroom, such as identity, diversity, justice, and participation.

Perspectives is modular in design, allowing for customization and differentiation. And for educators who are implementing the Common Core, the tasks and instructional strategies are aligned to the English Language Arts (ELA) and literacy standards. In fact, Teaching Tolerance commissioned an independent formative evaluation study to document the resource’s impact on teachers’ ability to implement the Common Core while still meeting their goals for anti-bias education.

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How do you integrate diverse perspectives into your classroom? Comment below!

Topics: Teaching Resources, Civil Rights, Holocaust and Human Behavior, Diversity, Common Core State Standards

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