Classroom Lessons

Classroom Lessons


Presidential Conflicts of Interest

Questions loom over whether President Donald Trump can avoid conflicts between his business interests and the interest of the people he represents. In two readings and discussion, students consider how past presidents have tried to prevent conflicts of interest, how Trump has addressed this concern, and challenges Trump is already facing over potential conflicts.


DeVos and a Controversy over Public Education

Students learn about and consider arguments for and against the appointment of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos through a quick quiz, student reading, small group work and discussion.


Black History Month & the Danger of a Single Story

Students explore why it is important for people to be able to tell their own stories and relate that to Black History Month.



Black History Month Lesson Collection

Collected lessons for teaching Black History Month, primarily for high school and middle school.


In the News: Strikes and Boycotts

Students explore two forms of nonviolent protest, strikes and boycotts, using as case studies the strike by the New York Taxi Workers Alliance and the #DeleteUber campaign, both in response to an immigration ban imposed by President Trump.


“Extreme Vetting”: U.S. Refugee Process & the Trump Ban

Students learn about and discuss the U.S.'s existing policy for vetting refugees and what happened to refugees after President Trump signed an executive order temporarily suspending the U.S. refugee program.


Trump Immigration Ban: Photos, tweets & headlines

This lesson explores Trump's immigration ban and the protests and other actions that followed using photos, tweets, and headlines. 


Roleplay: Immigration fiction and fact

Through roleplays and small group work, students consider erroneous claims about immigration and learn facts to counter them.


Trump’s Immigration Ban: News & Stories

Students learn and talk about Trump’s immigration ban and the reaction to it, and discuss the stories of people who have been directly affected. 


Alternative Facts: Tips for telling fake news from real news

While the internet can be an excellent source of news, it is also an excellent source of lies. Here are six tips to help students tell the difference.