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Civil Rights and Social Justice Resources for Classrooms

Our communities -- classroom and otherwise -- depend on the vigilant protection (and expansion) of our rights, respect for our differences, and continued fight for a more just, inclusive, and equitable world. For educators, this means inspiring students to become the next generation of critical thinkers and advocates for social change and equity. This collection of mostly free and web-based resources provides teachers with valuable PD and classroom strategies for culturally responsive teaching and supporting diverse communities in the classroom. There are also tons of lesson plans and activities, as well as primary media, on challenging but necessary topics like racism, sexism, and genocide, as well as historical events from the civil rights movement and Japanese-American internment to contemporary social justice struggles. 

Teachinghistory.org Visit Website: http://www.teachinghistory.org/
Stellar collection of U.S. history content, lesson plans, best practices
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
Teaching Tolerance Visit Website: http://www.tolerance.org/
Thought-provoking classroom resources support diversity education
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Library of Congress Visit Website: http://www.loc.gov
Visit our largest library's online collection of multimedia goodies
Grades 1-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
EDSITEment Visit Website: http://edsitement.neh.gov/
Extensive humanities resource offers deep well of great content
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
National Archives Visit Website: http://www.archives.gov/
Access U.S. history with treasure trove of docs, genealogy, and other resources
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Digital Public Library of America Visit Website: http://dp.la/
Impressive online collection of historic and cultural artifacts
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Do I Have A Right? Publisher: Filament Games
Law sim lets players practice pairing rights with amendments
Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Facing History and Ourselves Visit Website: https://www.facinghistory.org/
A wealth of resources explore racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Ken Burns
Dynamic video clips explore cultural themes throughout U.S. history
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price $9.99 Full Version
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
The Knotted Line Visit Website: http://knottedline.com/
Unique, artistic timeline lets kids explore freedom in U.S. history
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
PBS LearningMedia: Civil Rights Visit Website: http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/
Compelling resources capture voices and events of the Civil Rights era
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Youth Radio Visit Website: http://www.youthradio.org
A stellar take on the news from diverse kid journalists
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Zinn Education Project Visit Website: https://zinnedproject.org/
Resources, lessons help teach a more inclusive version of U.S. history
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Voices of Democracy Visit Website: http://voicesofdemocracy.umd.edu/
Vast collection of primary source documents a solid starting point
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Constitute Visit Website: https://www.constituteproject.org/
Extensive, highly searchable collection of the world's constitutions
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3