July 20, 2020

Students examine and reflect on other students’ art and writing about Covid and Black Lives Matter, and share their own perspectives, including through art. (Grades 6-12)

July 10, 2020

This activity, ideal for the beginning of a school session, helps students get to know each other through art. They pair up, interview each other, and then create a drawing or collage based on what they heard that they can share with each other and the class. 

April 28, 2017

President Trump has proposed eliminating federal funding for public media and the arts. What do students think? In this activity, students learn about the debate, discuss it, and research one program they think either should or should not be funded.  

January 31, 2016

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...

February 2, 2014

The life and music of folksinger Pete Seeger, who died on January 27, 2014, provides a teachable moment on activism, music, and on nearly every major social movement over the past century.  In this lesson, students learn about his life, read and hear songs from three social movements Seeger was a...

January 28, 2014

Some preliminary ideas for remembering the life of the remarkable folk singer and activist Pete Seeger, who died on January 27.

November 2, 2013

Parent and TM contributor Jinnie Spiegler argues that literature should stay at the center of the ELA curriculum.

March 30, 2012

'This is a hot topic among parents of the upper elementary set - and it's gotten even hotter since the movie version of Hunger Games came out. For me the decision wasn't hard...'