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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Teaching Tolerance
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2016
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  • English Language Arts
  • High School
Activities will help students: •Understand that black Americans and their allies fought for civil rights decades before the emergence of the modern...
  • English Language Arts
  • High School
Activities will help students •Understand that black Americans and their allies fought for social equality decades before the emergence of the modern...
  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
Working individually, in pairs and in groups, students will: • Examine eight different perspectives commonly used by the media to describe what...
Teaching Tolerance
Updated: 
2016
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  • Arts
  • K-2, 3-5, MS, HS
This activity will help students: •Explain how music evokes feelings and emotion. •Understand relationships between music and culture. •Analyze song...
  • World History
  • MS, HS
In this activity, students will: Explore the role of being a bystander and its moral implications • Understand the plight of the Jews in the...
  • Social Studies
  • High School
When a President-elect invites a minister to pray at an inauguration, does that represent an endorsement of a particular religious view – or an...
  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
In this lesson, students will: •Students will learn ways in which the city of Birmingham still works for equity and justice. •Students will explore...
  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
In this lesson, students will: •Explore how the concept of nonviolence affected and united social change movements in the 20th century. •Understand...
  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
In this lesson, students learn about gender equity, inequities, preferential treatment, and Title IX (a 1972 federal law requiring federally funded...
Teaching Tolerance
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2016
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  • Professional Development
  • MS, HS
Teaching about religious extremism can be challenging, but not teaching about it may sow seeds of intolerance. This toolkit for " Extreme Prejudice...