Classroom Lessons

Classroom Lessons


Trump, Clinton & Taxes

After a quick quiz, students learn about the candidates' tax proposals and discuss our nation's complex and contentious tax policies. 


Trump Video: Teachable Moment on Sexism

Updated: The presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on October 9, 2016, raised some important but difficult issues about sexism and sexual assault. In this activity, students learn about and discuss the controversy, hear and discuss Michelle Obama's comments about it, share thoughts and feelings in a "listening circle," and brainstorm ways we can increase our respect for each other.


Black Lives Matter Lesson Series: Part 3

Using tweets, video and a poster, students review the history of the Black Lives Matter movement, consider criticisms of it, and examine the movement's policy goals. 


Fact-checking the 2016 Presidential Election

Are the candidates telling the truth? Students learn tips for fact-checking and research campaign issues they're most interested in.


Kaepernick & Fellow Athletes Take a Stand

NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has added momentum to a remarkable wave of protests by athletes against racial injustice and police killings. Students discuss tweets about the protests, consider multiple points of view about them, and construct a timeline of events. 


Standing Up at Standing Rock

What is happening at Standing Rock? Students learn about and discuss the growing protest by the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies to stop a pipeline. 


Black Lives Matter Lesson Series: Part 2

Through a series of engaging "opinion continuum" exercises, students explore a range of views about the phrases "Black Lives Matter" and "All Lives Matter."


Black Lives Matter Lesson Series: Part 1

This first of three lessons on the Black Lives Matter movement serves as an introduction.  Students learn about the origins of the Black Lives Matter movement through tweets, quotes, and discussion of the movement's principles.  


Back-to-School Quiz: What the World Did Over the Summer

Help students catch up on what’s been happening in the news  –  from the presidential campaign, to Colin Kaepernick's protest, to Brexit  –  with this fun quiz and discussion questions. 


Could the U.S. Move Beyond a Two-Party System?

Polls show that a high percentage of voters are dissatisfied with the 2016 presidential nominees of both major parties. And yet, as in past years, third parties have struggled to gain a foothold. In this lesson, students learn about U.S. election laws that make it difficult for third parties to emerge, and discuss reforms activists have proposed to give voters more choices.