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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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Body Image: Many Shapes and Sizes
  • Health
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
This body image activity helps even the youngest of children celebrate size diversity. In this lesson from Teaching Tolerance , students read a story...
Stereotypes and Tonto
This lesson revolves around Sherman Alexie’s poignant yet humorous and accessible essay, “I Hated Tonto (Still Do).” It explores the negative impact...
The 26th Amendment
  • 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...
A Framework for Teaching American Slavery
  • Social Studies
  • K-2, 3-5, MS, HS
Most students leave high school without an adequate understanding of the role slavery played in the development of the United States—or how its...
Viva La Causa - Teacher's Guide
  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
Your Viva La Causa package includes a 39-minute video and this accompanying teacher’s guide. Story of Farmworkers Struggle led by Cesar Chavez On a...
Food Deserts: Causes, Consequences and Solutions
This lesson explores the concept of food deserts and the relationship between food deserts, poverty and obesity. Students are encouraged to examine...
Understanding Disabilities: Elementary Grades
  • English Language Arts
  • K-2, 3-5
In this lesson, students will first learn about disabilities. Then they will learn tips for communicating respectfully with people with disabilities.
Is it okay to go gray?
  • 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...
Treating People With Dignity
This activity was designed to help students identify examples of how to treat people with dignity and recognize stigmas of disease. Students will...
Caring For Hair
Teaching Tolerance 
  • English Language Arts
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
In this jigsaw activity, students will review information from brochures/websites about local hair care providers, interview a local hair care...