All Voice of Witness lesson plans are Common Core and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) aligned, and they reflect goals for advancing the following student skills. Check out the lesson plans here.

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) supported by VOW’s Curricular Resources:

Social Awareness:

The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures. The ability to understand social and ethical norms for behavior and to recognize family, school, and community resources. Voice of Witness curricular resources support the following social awareness skills:

  • Perspective-taking
  • Empathy
  • Appreciating diversity
  • Respect for others

Relationship Skills:

The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. The ability to communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed. Voice of Witness curricular resources support the following relationship skills:

  • Communication
  • Social engagement
  • Relationship building
  • Teamwork

10 Common Core Standards met through VOW’s Curricular Resources:

1) Speaking and Listening (SL.9-12.1):

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

2) Speaking and Listening (SL.9-12.5):

Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.

3) Reading History (RH.9-10.2):

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.

4) Reading History (RH.9-10.4):

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social studies.

5) Writing (W.9-10.3):

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

6) Language (L.9-10.1):

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

7) Language (L.9-12.3):

Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.

8) Literacy in History and Social Studies (LHSS.9-12.2):

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.

9) Literacy in History and Social Studies (LHSS. 9-12.3):

Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

10) Literacy in History and Social Studies (LHSS. 9-10.9):

Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.