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Sep 30, 2017

This activity uses a circle to help students process the many disasters that have struck people around the world in the summer and fall of 2017. It includes a more extended process

Sep 24, 2017

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

Sep 18, 2017

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

Sep 11, 2017

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

Sep 08, 2017

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.  

Sep 07, 2017

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

Sep 04, 2017

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

Sep 03, 2017

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

Sep 03, 2017

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

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Nov 13, 2017

An “I Need Message” is a short and sweet way for students to be assertive and get their needs met, even with people they don’t know well. 

Nov 04, 2017

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

Nov 01, 2017

Critics say Republican tax proposals will increase economic inequality. This activity has students explore the current state of U.S. wealth inequality through a quiz, reading, an

Oct 30, 2017

In this activity, students consider, together and in small groups, what kind of environment allows sexual harassment and abuse to persist –  and what we can do to challenge such an

Oct 26, 2017

Threats by Donald Trump and by North Korea have stoked worries about nuclear war. In this lesson, students learn about the work of International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

Oct 23, 2017

This activity uses a circle format to engage students in sharing their thoughts and reactions to the Weinstein case, using tweets from a variety of sources. A backgrounder and