Classroom Lessons

Classroom Lessons


MLK Day: Collected Lessons & Activities

Collected TeachableMoment lessons on Martin Luther King, Jr., and the movement he led.


Should we end cash bail?

The U.S. has more people detained while awaiting trial than any other country in the world. In this lesson, students explore the issue of cash bail, why some criminal justice reform advocates argue for ending it, and what has happened in cities and states that have ended cash bail.


Feminism in 2017

This activity uses tweets to have students consider some of the events that put feminism on the front burner in 2017 – from the women’s march to the #MeToo movement.


#MeToo: It’s About Power

Through tweets, readings, and small-group discussion, students grapple with the #MeToo movement, and how it relates to the power – or lack of power – of women. 


A Historic Tax Bill Moves through Congress

The tax bill moving through Congress would affect many aspects of our lives. In this lesson, students learn about and discuss the bill and the debate surrounding it. 


A Global Challenge: 'Climate Refugees'

Students learn about people around the globe who are being forced from their homes because of climate change, and think about how we as a society should respond.  This companion lesson encourages empathy for climate refugees.


Cultivating Compassion for Puerto Rico's 'Climate Refugees'

Students learn about a few of the thousands of people who have fled Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. In small groups, students  discuss their stories and consider how they may be feeling about what has happened.  This companion lesson has students explore the climate refugee crisis worldwide. 


Opioids: America’s New Drug Epidemic

America is in the grips of a nationwide opioid epidemic. In this lesson, students think critically about the opioid crisis, its origins, and potential solutions. 


Are you worried about your internet privacy?

Both government agencies and private companies have extensive access to data about us. In this activity, students learn about challenges to our digital privacy and discuss their own views about the risks we take when we put information online.


Why Pay Taxes? And Who Benefits from “Tax Reform”?

The Republicans have introduced one of the largest tax overhaul plans in many years. In this lesson, students consider what taxes do and why Americans pay them; and examine the Republicans' proposed tax reform and how analysts are projecting it will affect the country.