Middle School

Labor Struggles, Now & Then


1. What is "Fight for 15?"

a) How the Mayweather/McGregor heavyweight boxing (with its $15 million prize) was billed.

b) The reality show where contestants may win a 15-minute appearance on "Fox and Friends."

c) The movement of low wage earners to raise the minimum wage to $15.

DACA: A Reflective Circle


To the Teacher

On September 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced that it will phase out a program called DACA, “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.”

Connecting to Each Other & to World Events

To the Teacher:

This lesson begins with activities aimed at creating a sense of community among your students at the beginning of the school year.  

Group reflections to end the school year

The activities below are geared to a restorative circle process, but can easily be adjusted to fit different class and advisory formats. Just take the essence of the circles and adapt it to fit how you work with your students.

For more information about restorative circles, see our introduction to circles on TeachableMoment.


Looking for Activities to Close the Year?

Now’s a good time to help students take stock of what’s happened in the year, appreciate the community you’ve created together, and look forward to next year.

Here's a roundup of activities we suggest for students of all ages.


Trump's Military Budget


1. Which of the following countries spends more on defense than the United States?

a) Soviet Union

b) Saudi Arabia

c) China

d) North Korea

e) None of the above

f)  All of the above

Answer: E – none of the above

2. The federal budget is composed of two parts. Which two parts?

a) federal and state

b) helpful and hurtful

c) mandatory and discretionary

d) ebullient and perfidious

Teach Women's History Month!


Our Women's History Month Lessons

Considering Women’s Leadership
Students learn about Women's History Month and International Women's Day, consider people who have had an impact on them and what makes a leader, and learn about some women who have made a difference in the world.

Frederick Douglass and the Importance of History

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Black History Month Lesson Collection

Looking for engaging activities for Black History Month? Here's a selection of relevant Teachable Moment lessons. Most are appropriate for high school students, and in some cases middle school students. 


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.

In the News: Strikes and Boycotts


Learning Objectives

Students will:


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