Classroom Lessons

Classroom Lessons


A Historic Tax Bill Moves through Congress

The tax bill moving through Congress would affect many aspects of our lives. In this lesson, students learn about and discuss the bill and the debate surrounding it. 


A Global Challenge: 'Climate Refugees'

Students learn about people around the globe who are being forced from their homes because of climate change, and think about how we as a society should respond.  This companion lesson encourages empathy for climate refugees.


Cultivating Compassion for Puerto Rico's 'Climate Refugees'

Students learn about a few of the thousands of people who have fled Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. In small groups, students  discuss their stories and consider how they may be feeling about what has happened.  This companion lesson has students explore the climate refugee crisis worldwide. 


Opioids: America’s New Drug Epidemic

America is in the grips of a nationwide opioid epidemic. In this lesson, students think critically about the opioid crisis, its origins, and potential solutions. 


Are you worried about your internet privacy?

Both government agencies and private companies have extensive access to data about us. In this activity, students learn about challenges to our digital privacy and discuss their own views about the risks we take when we put information online.


Why Pay Taxes? And Who Benefits from “Tax Reform”?

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 Republicans' proposed tax reform and how analysts are projecting it will affect the country. 


Tax Reform & Wealth Inequality

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 activity and discussion.


Environments that encourage harassment - and how to change them

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 environment.


Confronting the Threat of Nuclear War

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, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and about past social movement campaigns that have worked to avert war and promote nuclear disarmament.


Harvey Weinstein & the Culture of Silence

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 optional student reading helps inform the discussion.