Teaching Tolerance

Founded in 1991 by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance is dedicated to helping teachers and schools educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy. We publish a magazine, Teaching Tolerance, produce documentary films and develop curriculum materials — all free to K-12 educators — that help students learn respect for differences and bolster teacher practice. Our teaching materials have won two Oscars, an Emmy and dozens of honors from the Association of Educational Publishers.

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This lesson revolves around Sherman Alexie’s poignant yet humorous and accessible essay, “I Hated Tonto (Still Do).” It explores the negative impact...
  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
Materials Your Viva La Causa package includes a 39-minute video and this accompanying teacher’s guide. Story of Farmworkers Struggle led by Cesar...
Most students leave high school without an adequate understanding of the role slavery played in the development of the United States—or how its...
The purpose of this lesson is for students to grapple with three separate definitions: primitive, civilized (civilization), and technology. Students...
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In this lesson, students apply a geographer’s framework to the migration of women who leave Latin America and enter the United States without legal...
In these activities, students will imagine themselves in the role of women immigrating to the United States without documentation and weigh the risks...
Teaching Tolerance
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2016
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Learn how activists in Louisville, Kentucky successfully campaigned against segregated streetcars in 1870-71.
  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
Students learn the importance of being an ally through the story of Juliette Hampton Morgan, a white woman who lived in Montgomery, Alabama, during...
  • Social Studies
  • 3-5, MS
In this lesson, students will create their own imaginary cities, deciding where to place amenities such as parks and libraries, as well drawbacks...
In this lesson, students will work in pairs and use expert reading strategies to analyze the Court’s ruling in Hernandez v. Texas. After...