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Middle School Anti-Bias Lesson
(Seventh Grade)

Byron Thomas, Middle School history teacher, created “Tolerance Tuesdays,” where he takes ten minutes at the beginning of history class to show his students images and stories from diversity-related current events from around the world.  He asks his students to share their reactions and questions and to relate the topics to their own lives.  His students have become so excited about Tolerance Tuesdays that they want to begin more classes this way each week, and they now bring their own diversity topics in for discussion.

Monika Johnston, Middle School history teacher, highlighted the stereotypes of black people prevalent throughout the Great Migration during a study of the New Negro Movement and the Harlem Renaissance.  She asked her students to compare these stereotypes to ones they are familiar with today, and their discussion helped her students to make important connections between the history they were learning and the legacy of racism today.


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