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Power of Language

Language and word choice can have enormous influence. Use these videos, articles, lesson plans and other resources to help you teach and/or learn more about issues related to language. Curated by the Institute for Humane Education.

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Humane Education Through Language Arts

Find resources (books, lesson plans, articles, videos, etc.) to help bring global ethical issues such as social justice, environmental protection, and animal protection, to your classroom. Curated by the Institute for Humane Education.

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Can You Spot the Biases in Your Classroom?

by IHE Peruse a piece of information, and it may seem objective. Look again with a more critical eye, and you can begin to see the hidden messages, the framing, and the context (or lack thereof) attached to that piece of information. Much of the information we impart to our students, whether through textbooks or…

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The Power of Language

The Power of Language

Language and word choice can have enormous influence. Use these videos, articles, lesson plans and other resources to help you teach and/or learn more about issues related to language. Save

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Where Are the People Like Me?

Students assess examples of  media (catalogs, magazines, books, etc.) to consider who is (and isn’t represented) and to explore the impact of lack of diversity in media and their own rich experiences with diversity. Recommended for grades 4-10. Time: 45-60 minutes

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Word Power

Words have enormous power and often assign value. This activity explores sample words in context and what kinds of value those words imply. Recommended for grades 4 and up. Time: 15-30 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 4-5:  http://bit.ly/1dFjnYv Download Common Core for grades 6-8:  http://bit.ly/14QJcit Download…

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Resources: What's in a name

What’s in a Name?

“You’re such a pig!” “She’s a total dog!” Help students examine our myths about and prejudices against animals, to explore why they exist, and to consider what we might want to change about our relationships with them. Recommended for grades 6 and up. Time: 45 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download…

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Resources: Two Apples

Two Apples

In this icebreaker, participants learn just how important words and actions are when they explore their impact on two apples. Recommended for All ages. Time: 5-10 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades K-2. Download Common Core for grades 3-5. Download Common Core for grades 6-8. Download Common…

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Resources: Two Apples

Dos Manzanas

En este rompehielos, los participantes aprenden lo importante son las palabras y las acciones cuando se exploran sus efectos en dos manzanas. Recomendado para todas Duración: 5-10 minutos

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