Classroom Lessons

Classroom Lessons

Climate Change: A Call to Action

Scientists are getting more specific about the pace of climate change, warning that we have very little time left to stop it. Activists are pursuing divestment movements and boycotts. In this activity, students read about these efforts and plan their own climate-saving action.

The Case for Local Food

In two readings and discussion, students explore the benefits of eating in season and supporting local farmers and consider some of the criticisms of local food arguments, including the concept of "food miles."

Breaking the Cycle: Rwanda 20 Years On

For the 100 days following April 7, people around the globe will be marking the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, which killed as many as one million people. Through a project called Kwibuka20 (Remember20), Rwandans have asked "the world to come together to support the survivors of the genocide, and to ensure that such an atrocity can never happen again – in Rwanda or elsewhere."  In this activity, students learn about and consider the lessons from Rwanda’s remarkable efforts to achieve peace and reconciliation in the two decades since the genocide. 

Net Neutrality and internet Media Monopolies

Should any one company be able to control the internet? Should all websites be treated equally, or should companies be able to pay to have their sites load faster?  Two student readings and discussion questions explore the debates over net neutrality and the Comcast-Time Warner merger. 

Immigrant women workers: Making connections

Eleanor Bader shares a lesson that helped her students connect immigrant history to today's activism.  

Debating Fair Trade Food

Students explore the goals of the growing Free Trade movement and consider some criticisms of it.  

Women's History Month: 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.

Ukraine and its People Power Movement

In small and large group discussion, students explore recent developments in Ukraine and the people power movement EuroMaidan as well as other people power movements. 

Analyzing the War on Poverty, 50 years on

Students read President Johnson's March 1964 speech to Congress outlining the War on Poverty and, in small groups, use a graphic organizer to explore how values of justice and equity were translated into policies and programs. They consider: What beliefs led to declaring a war on poverty? And what actions did the President propose taking to fight that war?