The FAIR Act: What are students’ rights to LGBT representation in the classroom?

Source: UCLA History Geography Project
Subject: History
Topic:  Integrated
Grade Levels: High School: 12th Grade


The FAIR Education Act (Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful Education Act) was passed in 2011 in California State Legislature. It advocates for the inclusive representation of LGBTQ and disability communities in California History and Social Science Curriculums. In this lesson, students will participate in pre-­reading activities, close-­read the SB 48 text and build community amongst peers in the classroom. By the end of the lesson, students will have examined the opinions of those in opposition of the bill and those in support of the bill, including the LGBTQ youth voices who advocated for themselves in the senate hearings (using the framework of Critical Media Literacy by Jeff Share). By highlighting youth agency, this lesson aims to both celebrate the people involved in passing this groundbreaking bill and to provide students with the language necessary to communicate what their rights are.

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Lesson tags: 12TH GRADE, 2010S, CALIFORNIA, CCSS RI 11-12.2, CCSS SL 11-12.1, CCSS SL 11-12.3, CCSS W 11-12.1, GENDER, HSS 12.2, HSS 12.3, HSS 12.7, HSS 12.8, POLITICS, SEXUALITY
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