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...
  • English Language Arts
  • High School
High school is not too early to ask that essential question: Is it okay to go gray? During class time, ask students working individually to write...
This activity was designed to help students identify examples of how to treat people with dignity and recognize stigmas of disease. Students will...
  • English Language Arts
  • High School
In this lesson, students will first learn about disabilities. Then they will learn tips for communicating respectfully with people with disabilities...
This lesson is part of The Little Rock Battle for School Integration series, which introduces students to the actors and events central to the 1957...
In this lesson, students will learn about the nine African-American students who integrated Little Rock’s Central High School in 1957. They will also...
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 will examine the growth of unemployment from 2007 through the second quarter of 2009. Using basic and/or advanced math,...
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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...