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. Teachers may sign up for a weekly e-newsletter at tolerance.org.

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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...
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Teaching Tolerance
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2018
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  • Social Studies
  • High School
Activities will help students: • understand why the youth vote became an issue when it did • see how the youth vote affected the 2008 presidential...
  • 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...
  • 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...