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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, & Self-assessment

Many articles within each issue include a Check Point, a formative assessment for students to check their understanding of the content. The assessments include reading comprehension questions as well as critical thinking questions that are scaffolded to the Level Up! assessment. The Level Up! is a multi-part summative and self-assessment to check student understanding of the concepts and skills students have studied.
Inquiry-based learning

Inquiry-based Learning

Provides a historical throughline connecting related events and developments within themes while still supporting chronological teaching, if desired.

Cross-curricular & Interdisciplinary Learning

Supports collaboration between ELA and social studies while integrating topics from other subject areas, such as science and art.

Standards-based, thematic Instruction

Aligns to the CCSS ELA standards and C3 framework for social studies skills, along with addressing many state social studies content standards for US history and government.

Project-Based & Kinesthetic Learning

Both the Student Edition and the Teacher Materials feature many activities that promote project-based and kinesthetic learning. These activities offer students an opportunity to explore the world of literacy and social studies in a hands-on way while developing their skills in problem-solving and empowering them to make decisions about the content they have learned. Through these activities, students build upon the research and facts they have learned and gain a deeper understanding of content beyond memorization.


Each volume highlights different genres of writing including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, memoir, drama, and more. Students will study authors who were shaped by the historical events they participated in and whose works offer unique perspectives and accounts of those times. The Issue explores different literary movements in American history like Transcendentalism, the Harlem Renaissance, Romanticism, the Modernist movement, and the Contemporary period. Through their studies, students will be exposed to diverse authors and the voices of Indigenous, Black, and LGBTQIA+ people, and more.
Unit I

Unit I: Understanding Race and Ethnicity

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

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

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

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

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

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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