Classroom Lessons

Classroom Lessons

Teachable Instant: Obama’s free college tuition proposal

A 5-minute fact from the news to start this week's class.

#JeSuisCharlie: Analyzing expressions of solidarity after the Paris attacks

Students consider responses to the attack on Charlie Hebdo from multiple points of view by examining tweets containing different expressions of solidarity, and create their own tweets.

Teachable Instant: Who owns the world’s wealth?

A 5-minute fact from the news to start your class this week.

The fight for voting rights, from Selma in 1965 to today

The movie Selma depicts the struggle for voting rights for African Americans that led to the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In this lesson, students examine a primary source document to help them understand why so few southern blacks could vote in 1965. Students explore why voting rights were so important to equal rights and how that struggle 50 years ago relates to voting rules today. Students who have seen the movie Selma are invited to share thoughts, but the lesson does not depend on students having seen the film.

Opening Relations with Cuba: An Overdue Change?

Two student readings provide a brief history of the embargo of Cuba and its role in Cold War foreign policy and consider different opinions about President Obama's move to normalize relations. 

MLK Day: Collected Lessons & Activities

Collected TeachableMoment lessons on Martin Luther King, Jr., and the movement he led.

Responding to the murder of Officers Liu and Ramos

Students consider a wide range of statements in response to the killing of NYC police officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. In guided discussion, students consider the statements, what the speaker intended to achieve,  and whether they feel the statement was helpful.

Australians stand up to anti-Muslim bias with a hashtag

After a siege in a Sydney, Australia cafe by a self-described Islamic cleric, Australian Muslims feared a backlash.  But Australians of all backgrounds responded instead with an act of solidarity through Twitter. Students learn about the news and the response, and consider how they might stand up for someone being targeted.

Our lessons on Garner and Brown, collected

Our lessons and guidelines on Michael Brown and Eric Garner have been used in schools across the country. Here they are, all in one place.