Protests

October 10, 2017
  A Backgrounder for the Teacher   This lesson has students consider the widespread protests by athletes against racial injustice. The following background information about this ongoing…
June 8, 2017
To the Teacher   In the mid–1980s, America was thrown into a public health crisis by the sudden emergence of HIV/AIDS. The disease seemed to come from nowhere in the early 1980s and in the…
January 22, 2017
Introduction   Several historic events have happened over the past several days: On Friday, January 20, 2017, Donald Trump was sworn in as the U.S.’s 45th president.  One day later, hundreds of…
December 6, 2016
  Student Reading For many months, members of the Standing Rock Sioux have been protesting plans to run a stretch of oil pipeline underneath North Dakota's Lake Oahe - a reservoir on the Missouri…
September 25, 2016
To the Teacher: On September 16, Terence Crutcher was shot and killed by police in Tulsa, OK.  A mere four days later police in Charlotte, NC, shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott.  Crutcher and…
September 23, 2016
Introduction Ask students:  Do you know what’s happening at the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in North Dakota?    Elicit and explain that for the past several months, the Standing Rock…
March 20, 2016
To the Teacher: Over the past two years a national movement has developed in response to police violence in African-American communities. Especially prominent protests have flared up following the…
January 10, 2016
Quiz   Ask students:  Which of these does NOT describe a current standoff between anti-government militants and the federal government? a)  John Joe Gray of Trinidad, Texas, bit a state trooper…
December 29, 2014
Background for the Teacher On December 20, 2014, police officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were on patrol in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford Stuyvesant.  According to reports, at 2:47 in the…
December 14, 2014
To the Teacher: In the past several months, massive student-led protests have erupted in Mexico against government corruption and the state’s failure to protect its citizens from widespread gang…