This is curricula dear to Lis’s heart and thirteen years in the making. It will grow to include robust, standards based curricula across multiple grade levels that all use social justice as the framework for the lessons. Social Justice is not forced and there are a few units where it simply does not work. However, wherever the practical application adds to the curriculum it is used.
The curricula is generally spiral and scaffolded. Students work with the data in multiple modalities each lesson and are encouraged to think about their results from a practical point of view. Where data is simplified, students are asked to think about the impact of that simplification. Standards are provided for each unit.
This curriculum covers standards for the first half of a typical Algebra I class. Units include Ratios and Proportions in the Prison Population, Simplifying Expressions, Linear Inequalities and Crop Distribution, and Linear Equation Forms in the Criminalization of Poverty.