Social Justice Digital Classroom
Enchanted Circle’s Social Justice Digital Classroom is a multimedia teaching tool that utilizes a digital platform to engage students in hands–on, project–based, creative learning experiences.
The Social Justice Movers & Shakers Flipbook is a compendium of one hundred brief biographies of historic and contemporary activists – organized around eight categories of social activism for student research projects.
Ida B. Wells
The Ida B. Wells curriculum focuses on her life and work as an investigative journalist in the 1890’s. Ida B. Wells was an educator, writer, and editor who led a powerful anti–lynching crusade, and was one of the founding directors of the NAACP.
The curriculum includes one Creative Catalyst film, four Arts Integrated Activities, and four Digital Reference Materials.
The Social Justice Digital Classroom was developed for grades 6–12. Each curriculum unit focuses on a historically significant social justice activist or movement – with corresponding activities for student exploration and interpretation.
Teachers can choose to use the whole unit or individual components to supplement their own practice.
The arts integrated activities are designed to engage students in creative and critical thinking around content–based learning and are readily adaptable to other content areas.
Each curriculum unit includes:
- Creative Catalysts (i.e. a film, photo exhibit, song, etc.) which serve as an introduction to each unit, to spark student interest in a social justice activist or movement, to stimulate student discourse, and to inspire students to delve deeper.
- Arts integrated Activities with lesson plans, standards connections, and step–by–step instructions for teachers to engage students in project–based learning.
- Digital Reference Materials offering jumping off points for student research projects and exemplars of digital presentation styles.
We’d Love to Hear From You!
Please share any anecdotes or exemplars of work that we may upload onto the site as additional resources.
Feedback and/or samples can be sent HERE and should include names (youth first name only) as well as name of school, city, and state so that we may credit your work!
Envisioned, designed & created by Priscilla Kane Hellweg, Gabriela Micchia, Steve Angel & Yvonne Mendez with support from the Enchanted Circle Education Committee: Arlene Avakian, Margaret Bartley, Kate Carreiro, Barbara Cortez–Greig, Kathy Goos, Trudy Knowles, Lyndsey Nunes, Celine Hamilton Quill.
Sojourner Truth & William Cullen Bryant
Special thanks to Creating Connections: Arts Midwest and Metropolitan Group, with funding from the Barr Foundation.
“Working with Enchanted Circle is an awesome opportunity to incorporate the arts into all contents areas and allow students the opportunity to shine using non-traditional skills in an academic setting.”
~ Principal, Holyoke