Current Issues

Classroom activities to engage students in learning about and discussing issues in the news

September 15, 2020

Students consider what “white supremacy” means, what groups in society have supremacy, and explore the origins of white supremacy through a short video and discussion.

August 31, 2020

This activity invites students to hear the words of Jacob Blake’s mother and sister, and to reflect on their own thoughts and feelings about the police shooting in Kenosha Wisconsin, and its impact.

August 28, 2020

Activities to help elementary students develop the key self-care practice of positive self-talk, from affirmations to gratitude.

August 26, 2020

Will voter suppression skew the results of the 2020 election? Students examine current efforts to suppress voting in the context of U.S. history and learn about efforts to defend voting rights.

August 2, 2020

Students deepen their knowledge of the civil rights icon and listen to and share their thoughts and reflections.

July 20, 2020

Students read and think about what other students have to say about Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter and then share their own perspectives.  (Grades 3-6)

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 2, 2020

Students explore the Supreme Court's ruling protecting DACA, discuss the youth-led movement fighting to advance immigrants' rights, and consider what comes next. 

June 20, 2020

This lesson invites students to listen to and reflect on portraits of 12 Black Lives Matter protesters from across the U.S.

June 14, 2020

Students watch and discuss a short video about the history of Juneteenth and research their questions about the holiday.