Student Activism

September 2, 2019

After a series of deadly shootings this summer, lawmakers and 2020 presidential contenders are shining an intense spotlight on the issue of gun control. In this activity, students read about and discuss where President Trump and Democratic presidential candidates stand on the issue, and the role of...

March 20, 2019

This series of lessons helps students (grades 3-5) learn about why is climate change is happening, why it matters, and what they can do about it.

March 13, 2019

Students examine three current youth movements to fight climate change by dramatizing each strategy’s benefits and risks.



February 22, 2019

Young people across the country are taking legal action to defend their right to a stable climate and healthy environment. In this activity students learn about the pioneering lawsuit Juliana v. United States, and discuss a short documentary about youth climate activists. 

October 11, 2018

Students think about the impact of a letter to the editor, analyze a sampling of letters and identify what makes them effective, and write letters of their own about issues they care about.

April 11, 2018

Students learn about and discuss strikes by teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Kentucky, and consider how they are connected to student-led protests over gun violence.


April 10, 2018


Edna Chavez, a 17-year-old senior from South Los Angeles, made an impassioned speech about gun violence at the student led March for Our Lives in March 2018. In this lesson, students learn some background about South L.A. and consider Chavez's speech, which puts gun violence in a larger...

April 5, 2018

How can activists - including young people who are organizing against gun violence - sustain themselves for the long haul? In this activity, students consider quotes from activists of all ages about their self care strategies. 


March 28, 2018

Here are five ideas for engaging students in exploring this historic upsurge in student organizing.

March 27, 2018

In small and large groups, students read media quotes and reflect on some of the successes that young people have booked in building a movement to end gun violence.