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An Ethnic Studies Survey

Voices is an ethnic studies resource that examines the experiences and contributions of Indigenous, Black, Latino, Pacific Islander, and Asian Americans. Students will learn the terms and tools they need to analyze the impacts of race and ethnicity in US history and the present day.

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Amplifying Voices: Expression, Connection, and the Pursuit of Justice

We are each born with a voice, a means to express our innermost thoughts, to connect with others, and to speak up for ourselves and our fellow humans. Voices can be used to uplift, to unite, to celebrate, and to challenge. The United States is a country with many voices, but not all of those voices are given equal weight and attention. In this volume, students will read about those whose voices have not always been heard and learn to use their own voice to lead others and seek justice in their communities.

Counter-Narratives of Marginalized Groups

Written by scholars in fields such as Black studies and Latino studies, Voices, from Gibbs Smith Education, examines the histories and cultures of historically marginalized groups in the United States. With the goal of equipping students with the skills and knowledge they need to identify and overcome oppression, Voices provides a counter-narrative to US history and dives into stories of discrimination, resistance, and resilience.


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What's Inside Voices?

Students will explore the immense resources that are available in their local communities and work toward solutions for problems they care about.

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Formative, Summative, and Self-Assessment

Formative, Summative, & Self-assessment

Every unit contains opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning in formative and summative assessments, self-assessments, as well as many other project-based, experiential, and recall-type activities.
Inquiry-based Learning

Inquiry-based Learning

Our inquiry-based curriculum design puts students at the center of their learning. students both ask and answer compelling questions, investigate those questions, evaluate and find evidence to answer them, communicate their answers, and ultimately take informed action.
Cross-curricular and Interdisciplinary

Cross-curricular & Interdisciplinary

Each thematic unit explores the topic through a variety of perspectives and a of variety lenses.
Primary and Secondary Source Analysis

Primary and Secondary Source Analysis

Activities throughout every unit direct students to analyze sources which include maps, letters, historical artifacts, statues, photographs, journal entries, and more. In addition, students practice and develop critical thinking skills to understand and interpret the past, which ranges from analysis of primary and secondary sources to interpreting poems and paintings.


Scaffolded writing workshops, practice with rhetorical analysis, research-backed comprehension strategies, and creative reading and writing opportunities are woven deeply throughout both the student and teacher editions.

Unit I: Understanding Race and Ethnicity

  • Defining race and ethnicity
  • Analyzing intersectionality
  • Understanding bias and discrimination
  • Understanding the origins of ethnic studies

Unit II: Indigenous Studies

  • Examining the ancestral cultures of Native people in North America
  • Analyzing the impact of US policies on Native peoples
  • Identifying the goals and methods of Indigenous resistance movements

Unit III: Black Studies

  • Analyzing the scope and impact of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
  • Describing the challenges faced by Black Americans before and after the Civil War
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of the Civil Rights Movement

Unit IV: Latino Studies

  • Examining Latino identity
  • Analyzing the impact of US expansionist policies on Latino people
  • Identifying the strategies used by Latino activists

Unit V: AAPI Studies

  • Explaining the process of colonization in the Hawaiian Islands
  • Describing the discriminatory policies encountered by Asian immigrants to the United States
  • Comparing the goals of the Asian American movement and other AAPI social movements

Unit VI: Race and Ethnicity Today

  • Evaluating the level of diversity in the media
  • Describing how system racism impacts marginalized peoples today
  • Explaining the issues civil rights advocates are targeting today

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