Civil Rights | W19

Ages: 12+
Day, Time: tuesdays 12:00-1:00
Location: computer room


Tera Schreiber

Tera Schreiber earned her Juris Doctorate at Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College and is a member of the Washington State Bar Association. She has been admitted to practice in the United States District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Long ago, Tera taught high school students about their rights in the Street Law program at her law school. It has been a long time since she has been in a courtroom. Instead of writing briefs and making arguments before the court, Tera has been homeschooling her children since 2006.

class description

Civil rights are laws that protect people from discrimination or mistreatment because of things that are core to who a person is, like age, gender, race, religion, disability, and sexual orientation. What grants people these civil rights? How did our system of laws come to protect people who belong to these groups? Why do people need civil rights?

Learn about the answers to these questions and more through the exploration of graphic novels, literature, nonfiction reading and videos, classroom discussion, short writing assignments, and class projects.

Note: The goal of this class is to educate students on the good news of civil rights – that people from groups that have been treated unfairly in the past have rights to avoid future mistreatment. Yet, it is impossible to learn about civil rights without some understanding of the uncomfortable past situations that inspired the need for civil rights as well as the struggle and advocacy for change.

Required reading to include:
March trilogy by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
Little Rock Nine (Turning Points) by Marshall Poe and Ellen Linder
El Deafo by Cece Bell

Required Skills for Students to Be Successful in This Class:

Compliance with Family Rights & Responsibilities.

Ability to complete the reading assignments (with or without assistance), willingness to engage in conversation and complete homework assignments.


In addition to required reading, homework will be assigned weekly. Students should expect up to 1.5 hours of homework a week.

field trips:


additional fees/supplies:

Students will need to obtain the required reading materials in some fashion.

parent involvement:

This class is intended for students only.

Age Variances:

Please see our Age Variance Policy.