Classroom Lessons

Classroom Lessons


Why the Controversy over Attorney General Nominee Jeff Sessions?

Students learn and discuss Donald Trump's nominee for Attorney General, his background, and what happened at his confirmation hearing.


What Does the Trump Administration Mean for Climate Change?

Donald Trump has said that climate change is a "hoax." His appointee for Secretary of State is a former Exxon Mobil executive who now says he believes climate change is a serious threat. In two readings and in discussion, students explore what the Trump administration might mean for climate change and for those who are concerned about it. 


Helping Students Counter Anti-Muslim Bias

This lesson plan has material for two classroom sessions or circles. In part one, students share their own experiences of bias or harassment, learn a few facts about Muslims, then hear and reflect on statements from young Muslims about the impact of the 2016 election on their lives. In part two, students watch a video about efforts to combat the targeting of Muslim students at one school, consider what actions they might take to counter anti-Muslim bias and harassment, and prepare to take those actions.  


Electoral College? Or Popular Vote?

What is the Electoral College, and why does it decide who is president? Students learn about and discuss the pros and cons of the Electoral College system and current campaigns to reform or circumvent it. 


The Power of Appointment & Trump’s Controversial Nominees

Students learn about and discuss the president's power to name leaders within the executive branch of government and consider two of president-elect Trump's most controversial appointments: Jeff Sessions for Attorney General and Steve Bannon for chief strategist and senior counselor. 


Surprise Victory at Standing Rock

Students read about and discuss the movement by the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies to stop a pipeline – and the Army Corps of Engineers' decision to reverse its approval for the pipeline section, for now. 


Exploring Solidarity, Post-Election

Through small-group activities, students learn about and discuss acts of solidarity and mutual support in the wake of the presidential election.


Sanctuary Cities in the Spotlight

What are sanctuary cities, and why are they girding for conflict in the wake of Trump’s election? Students explore the concept of "sanctuary" and learn about efforts by advocates to defend undocumented immigrants. 


Anti-Immigrant Bias, Then & Now

Students learn about opposition to past waves of U.S. immigrants and consider Donald Trump's immigration stance in light of that history.


Building Community, Post-Election: The Power of Kindness

In this activity students think about ways to be kind, and create a wall or bulletin board of art and writing to remind each other of the power of kindness and how everyday actions can make a difference in the world.