9th Grade Humanities And The Impact Of Social Justice Lesson Plan

Topic: The Impact of Social Justice on Humanities in 2023

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will understand the concept of social justice and how it impacts the humanities in 2023.


  • Whiteboard and markers
  • Handouts with information about social justice and the humanities


  • Ask students what they know about social justice. Write their responses on the whiteboard.
  • Explain that social justice is the fair and just treatment of all people, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.

Direct Instruction

  • Review the definition of social justice and provide examples of ways in which it is being promoted or challenged in society today.
  • Introduce the concept of the humanists as a group of thinkers and writers who push for social justice.
  • Explain that the humanists of the future will continue to advocate for social justice, but their methods and ideas may change as society changes.

Guided Practice

  • Have students work in small groups to identify a current social justice movement and analyze how it promotes or challenges social justice.
  • Have each group present their findings to the class and discuss any implications they see for the future of social justice.
  • Encourage students to consider the different perspectives and backgrounds of the people involved in the movement and how they impact the movement's goals and methods.
  • Ask students to identify any humanist thinkers or writers who are contributing to the social justice movement and discuss the impact their work is having on society.
  • Encourage students to consider how their own backgrounds and perspectives influence their views on social justice and the role of humanist thinkers and writers in promoting it.

Independent Practice

  • Have students choose a humanist thinker or writer who has had a significant impact on social justice and research their life and work.
  • Have students create a presentation on the chosen thinker or writer and their contributions to social justice. This can be a written report, a mock interview, or another format of the student's choice.
  • Encourage students to include their own perspective and insight on the impact of the chosen thinker or writer on social justice.


  • Have students reflect on the importance of social justice and humanists in the world today.
  • Ask students to consider how they can contribute to social justice in their own community and how they can support humanists who are working for social justice.


  • Observe students during the debate and participation in small groups to assess understanding of the importance of social justice and humanists.
  • Administer a quiz at the end of class to assess students' knowledge of the history and contributions of humanists and social justice advocates.

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