Classroom Lessons

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Classroom Lessons


Bernie, Hillary, & Single-Payer Healthcare

Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign has reopened discussion about what would it take to get truly universal healthcare in the U.S. This lesson, which includes two student readings and discussion questions, examines the debate over Sanders' proposal for a “single-payer” national healthcare system, and efforts by states to adopt a single-payer program.


Racial Inequality and the Oscars

In January 2016, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced its Oscar Award nominations. For the second year in a row, no actors of color were nominated. This has led to controversy about racial inequality in the film industry. In this lesson, students learn about the controversy, identify different points of view about it, take a stand on it, and support their stance.



Civil Rights Movement: Truths & Myths

History has a way of smoothing out the complexities of real-life events. This brief TeachableInstant lesson explores some forgotten or misrepresented facts about the movement for civil rights.


2016 election: Who is the media covering, and not covering?

Students learn about how much coverage the media are providing to different presidential candidates and discuss why coverage of the candidates varies so widely.


Teachable Instant: Anti-Government Standoff in Oregon

This brief activity includes a quiz, reading and discussion about the occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon by anti-government protesters. 


SEL & Climate Change: Responding to a Flood

In the closing days of 2015, some of the highest flood waters ever recorded hit the Mississippi River valley. This activity encourages students to empathize with flood victims, and to consider how we as individuals and as a community can best respond to floods and other climate change-related disasters.


The Sharing Economy and Its Critics

Three short student readings provide background on the sharing economy and its critics and examine the pros and cons of Airbnb and Uber. Questions for discussion follow.


Bah humbug? A quick lesson on holiday consumption

Some facts and questions about how much many Americans buy and waste over the holidays - and how we feel about it. 


Empathy & Solidarity to Counter the Wave of Anti-Muslim Bias

In the wake of recent anti-Muslim attacks by Trump and others, students read and discuss profiles of diverse Muslim Americans, consider how they may be feeling about recent events, and read a letter to "Non-Muslim Allies" about ways to stand up for those who are being targeted. 


Teachable Instant: Global Climate Accord

Students learn about the historic global climate agreement reached in Paris on December 12, 2015, and consider different reactions to it.