Classroom Lessons

Classroom Lessons


Poor People's Campaign: Then & Now

Fifty years after Martin Luther King's Poor People's Campaign,  a coalition of multiracial groups has announced that it is launching a new Poor People’s Campaign aimed at addressing divisions in the United States, from racism to economic and gender inequality. In the this lesson, students learn about the original Poor People’s Campaign and the new one, and discuss how the two drives are similar and different.


Stocks Plunge: What Does It Mean?

February 2018 began with massive losses on Wall Street. In this activity, students get a brief introduction to stocks and stock volatility, and consider what impact such stock market losses might have. 


Black History Month Lesson Collection

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


Does Cold Weather Disprove Global Warming?

Students consider how some politicians have used the cold weather to deny climate change and explore the science and statistics behind this common argument. 


Intersectionality: What Is It? How Can It Help Us?

Students learn about the term "intersectionality," and consider what role it played in the 2017 and 2018 Women's Marches.


Dangerous Distortion: Considering Media Racial Bias

A new study documents that the news media presents a distorted picture of blacks and black families. In this activity, students explore the issue with a quiz, reading, and discussion. 


How Should We Use our Public Lands?

President Trump has announced that his administration will dramatically reduce the size of two national monuments in Utah. Through readings and discussion, students consider this move and wider questions about how public lands in the United States should be used.


Farmworkers Fight Abuse - and Win

Students learn about and discuss the remarkable success of an organization of farmworkers that is fighting abuse and demanding dignity on the job. The activity includes two short videos, discussion, and a reading.


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.