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Zinn Education Project

The Zinn Education Project is a vast resource collection that contains a variety of materials for teaching history through a social justice lens.

The resources include, among other things, posters, audio clips, film clips, songs and poems, and PDF copies of teaching materials. The materials very clearly relate to Social Studies topics and would be an excellent addition to any Adult Diploma teacher’s toolbox. However, they could also be used to craft rich, relevant units of instruction around a line of inquiry that would allow learners to explore these topics through reading, writing, speaking and listening, and deep critical thinking activities.

In the Transitions Integration Framework (TIF), Skill 4 within the Critical Thinking category requires learners to recognize bias, assumptions and multiple perspectives. The resources in the Zinn Education Project are perfect for building this skill. Be sure to check out some of the role play and mixer activities that prompt students to think about important issues, like voting rights, from multiple perspectives.