Examining Social Justice Through Historical, Classic and Contemporary Sources



This outline of a unit plan has students considering the power of literature and investigating social justice. Students begin by analyzing primary sources to spark inquiry and gain historical context, then combine study of To Kill a Mockingbird with a contemporary text of their choosing as they consider how real-life events influence fictional narratives, and wrap up their study by researching a relatively recent social justice case and creating a social justice statement of their own that they showcase in a visual presentation.

Note: lesson length listed is based on activities and does not include time spent reading.

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High School, Middle School


Civics, English Language Arts


400 minutes


Jim Crow laws, justice, racial discrimination, Scottsboro Boys, social justice, To Kill a Mockingbird


Kasey Short

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