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Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges: Critical Discussion of Social Issues

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Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges: Critical Discussion of Social Issues

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Joy F. Moss

Joy F. Moss

Rochester, New York


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives




  • Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges (NY: Scholastic Press, 1999)

  • The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles; illus. by George Ford (NY: Scholastic, 1995)

  • The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson; illus. by E.B.Lewis (NY: G.P.Putnam’s Sons, 2001)

  • The Royal Bee by Frances Park and Ginger Park; illus. by Christopher Zhong-Yuan Zhang (Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press, 2000)

  • Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard; illus. by E.B. Lewis (NY: Simon & Schuster, 2000)

  • Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (NY: Harper/Trophy, 1990)

  • Knots in My Yo-yo String: The Autobiography of a Kid by Jerry Spinelli (NY: Knopf, 1998)

  • Response Journals

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Venn Diagram

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.


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