I received this via an email from our homeschooling umbrella group. I thought it might be of interest to readers of the attachlings blog. There is MUCH good information and resources here to go along with next week’s inaugural events.



January 13, 2009

A week from today, Barack Obama will become the first African American to serve as the President of the United States. Teaching Tolerance is pleased to release this suite of lesson plans to add depth to classroom observances.

How We Reached This Racial Milestone
Obama’s ascension to the highest office in the land is possible only because so many men, women and children – abolitionists, civil rights advocates and their allies – stood up for justice across the centuries. Today’s students can join them.

Defenders of Justice (Grades 3-5)

What Makes a Civil Rights Leader? (Grades 7-8 )

An Historic Vote (Grades 9-12)

The Continuing Struggle for Racial Justice
In his historic speech on race last spring, President-elect Obama cautioned, “I have never been so naive as to believe that we can get beyond our racial divisions in a single election cycle.” The struggle for racial justice is far from over.

Three Ways to Use Obama’s Race Speech in the Classroom

Unfinished Work (Grades 9-12)

Racial Disparities Jigsaw Mini-Unit (Grades 8-12)

Obama, Rick Warren and Homophobia
President-Elect Barack Obama angered many voters when he selected Rev. Rick Warren, who has compared gay marriage to incest and pedophilia, to deliver the invocation at the January 20 inauguration.

Does Rick Warren Represent Diversity? (Grades 8-12)

In Context: Inaugural Prayers in History (Grades 8-12)

Hidden Homophobia: A Teacher Shares Her Classroom Strategies

Hesitation and Hope – The Mixed Messages of the Fall Election

Also Available from Teaching Tolerance

Welcome Malia and Sasha to the White House (Grades 2-5)

We Are the Peacemakers (Grades 3-5)

Flags for Peace (Grades 7-9)

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