Classroom Lessons

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Classroom Lessons


After police shootings: Acknowledging our feelings, moving to action

This activity acknowledges the painful feelings surrounding the killings in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Texas, and points the way to positive action.


Discussing Tragic Events in the News

When upsetting things happen in the world, it can be very helpful to give young people a chance to share their feelings and thoughts about it. Here are some basic questions to help students share thoughts and feelings, formats to structure these discussions, and other resources. 


The Significance of Electing Women

Hillary Clinton stands on the brink of becoming the country's first female president. In the lesson, students learn about women who have run for president in the past and consider the significance of having a woman as president of the United States.


Everyday people resisting Islamophobia

In this brief Teachable Instant activity, students learn about ways that people in the U.S. and around the world have stood up to anti-Muslim bias. 


Orlando Shooting: A Listening Circle

This listening circle on the tragic shooting in Orlando on June 12, 2016, gives young people a chance to share what they are thinking and feeling, encouraging mutual understanding and support.


Who are the Libertarians?

In this brief Teachable Instant classroom activity, students find out about the Libertarian Party candidates on the 2016 presidential ballot, and discuss where libertarians stand on the issues. 


What's in a Name? The Corporate Branding of Public Spaces

Can you imagine your public school being renamed "Coca-Cola High"? This lesson has students think critically about the trend toward corporate branding of public spaces and consider the significance of “public space” in a democratic society.


Your Word Against Mine: A battle over the term 'illegal alien'

A student at Dartmouth College touched off a successful national campaign to get the Library of Congress to stop using the term "illegal aliens" to refer to undocumented immigrants. Now a Congressional committee is challenging the move. 


Bathrooms & transgender students

In this lesson, students learn about the controversy over new federal guidelines aimed at ensuring that "transgender students enjoy a supportive and nondiscriminatory school environment." Students explore their own responses to it, and discuss how they can make their school welcoming to transgender students.


Verizon Strike — and a Union Primer

A major strike by workers at Verizon offers a teachable moment: Why do people join unions? Why do they strike? And why are they now striking Verizon?