Classroom Lessons

Classroom Lessons


FBI Director's firing sparks controversy

Why did President Trump fire James Comey? This activity briefly explores the news and the debate. 


Strongmen: How should the U.S. relate to repressive leaders?

President Trump has praised leaders of countries around the world who are known to have violated human rights. What should the U.S. stance toward such "strongmen" be? In this activity, students work together to match eight leaders with their country and with charges about their human rights abuses. Then students read about and discuss President Trump's stances toward these leaders and the debate over them.


Should the Public Fund Media & the Arts?

President Trump has proposed eliminating federal funding for public media and the arts. What do students think? In this activity, students learn about the debate, discuss it, and research one program they think either should or should not be funded.


Sexual Harassment Charges Bring Down Bill O'Reilly

What led to the firing of Bill O'Reilly, Fox News' top host? Students explore the issue with a quiz, reading, and discussion.


The Rise of the Alt-Right in U.S. Politics

Students learn about and discuss the alt-right, its relationship to the Trump administration, and online cultures of hate. 


Trump's Military Budget

President Trump's federal budget plan would greatly increase military spending, and slash spending for other programs. Students explore the budget with a quiz, readings, and discussion.


Indivisible and the Tea Party: Holding Elected Officials Accountable

Democracy doesn't begin and end in the voting booth. In readings and discussion, students explore tactics people are using to pressure their elected officials, including the Tea Party on the right and Indivisible groups on the left. 


Teenage Transgender Voices


Students hear and discuss the words of a group of trans teens, see a video of them speaking to their future selves, and consider what obstacles transgender teens face. 


Our Identities & Transgender Identities

Students consider their own identities and hear the voices of transgender people discussing their different identities, as well as challenges they face.


Transgender People & Bathroom Access

Students learn the definition of "transgender," discuss the controversy over ensuring safe access to bathrooms for transgender people, and consider ways they can be allies or upstanders for transgender students.