Classroom Lessons

Classroom Lessons


 

Voter fraud? Or voter suppression?

Critics charge that the real goal of a new federal commission to investigate voter fraud is to justify efforts to make it more difficult for people of color to vote.  Students learn about and discuss the controversy.


 

Debating the Fate of DACA

In two readings and discussion, students explore the meaning and history of DACA, including the social movement activism that won DACA during the Obama years and prospects for future action.


 

Discussing DACA

In this activity, students watch a video about responses to the Trump administration’s decision to roll back this Obama-era program, which has allowed young undocumented  immigrants to stay in the country. Students then read and discuss a variety of opinions about the decision.


 

Labor Struggles, Now & Then

After a short quiz about current Fight for 15 movement, students read about and discuss U.S. labor's struggles — and historic strikes — through history.


 

DACA: A Reflective Circle

This brief activity gives students a chance to share and reflect on the the Trump administration's recent decision to end the DACA program, which has protected many young immigrants from deportation.


 

Hurricane Harvey: A Natural and Human-made Disaster

After an initial gathering, students read about and discuss the human and natural context for Harvey’s devastation. An extension activity has students research local climate change threats and consider how to address them.


 

Connecting to Each Other & to World Events

This lesson begins with activities aimed at creating a sense of community among your students at the beginning of the school year. It also includes an exploration of issues in the news over the summer, and helps students consider how these issues are connected to their own lives and community. 


 

Hate at an Arkansas Mosque, Part 2: Restoration

Students continue the exploration they began in Part 1 of what happened after a mosque in Fort Smith, Arkansas, was defaced. In Part 2, students learn about and discuss the aftermath of the event, which included an informal restorative process. The lesson is based on this New York Times story by Sabrina Tavernise.


 

 

Hate at an Arkansas Mosque, Part 1: The People

In this activity, students consider what happened after a mosque in Fort Smith, Arkansas, was defaced. They explore the personal stories of people in the community, including those targeted by the attack, through information gleaned from this New York Times story by Sabrina Tavernise about the incident and its aftermath. 

In Part 2 of this series, students learn about and discuss the aftermath of the event, which included an informal restorative process. 


 

The Struggle Over Symbols of Hate

Following the violent rally by white supremacists in Charlottesville, this activity has students read, consider and discuss quotes about the presence of white supremacist symbols across our country, what the symbols represent, and what we should do about them.