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Breaking Bias: Lessons from the Amistad Curriculum

Thank you for registering for the Breaking Bias: Lessons from the Amistad curriculum. Each unit works to answer essential questions and is broken into themes. Each theme provides an elementary, middle and high school lesson on that topic. Handouts for each lesson are available to download for students. The handouts are fillable PDFs and can be used virtually with students.

Before working with students, please read the background information on the theme you will teach. We also recommend reading the Creating Brave Spaces document. 

Creating Brave Spaces

Unit One – What is Race? What is a Social Construct?
(Full Unit)


Scroll down to see the lessons included in each theme.

Theme Two – What is a social construct and how is it connected to race?

The Social Construction of Race: The Skin I Am In
Grades 3-5

How Would You Identify? The Social Construction of Race
Grades 6-8

The Social Construction of Race: Why is it an Illusion?
Grades 9-12

Theme Three – What have been the consequences of social constructs about race in our country?

Racism in Rules and Laws
Grades 3-5

Suppressing the Black Vote
Grades 6-8

Race and Public Policy: “Constructing Whiteness” with Segregated Housing Policy
Grades 9-12

Unit One and Two Alignment of Lessons to NJ Student Learning Standards, Social Studies


Unit One Glossary