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Mapping Environmental Justice

In this lesson, students are introduced to the concepts of environmental justice and climate justice, then explore an interactive digital atlas that documents cases of injustice from around the world.   

#WontBeErased: Source Analysis

In this lesson, students read a general overview text about transgender identities and rights in the United States, analyze social media posts in support of transgender rights, and reflect on the power of personal storytelling.

Resource Guide: Transgender Identities and Rights

This guide provides an array of resources that may prove useful to educators looking to learn more about transgender identity, discuss transgender identity in the classroom, serve and support transgender students, and more.

The Ukraine Crisis

In this lesson, students explore the current situation in Ukraine and its historical origins; analyze political cartoons; identify the techniques used by cartoonists to express political opinion; and monitor the crisis and consider international responses.

State of the Union Addresses: An Interactive Video Timeline

This lesson allows students to examine the constitutional origins of the State of the Union Address, explore an interactive video timeline, and develop the analytical skills and habits of citizenship as they view and assess President Biden’s 2022 SOTU Address.

Refugee Stories: Mapping a Crisis

In this updated lesson, students examine maps, data, and broader trends in the global refugee crisis, and then explore the stories and experiences of individuals. Ultimately, students consider the U.S. and international response to the crisis.

#StopAAPIHate and the Importance of Studying Difficult Histories

In this lesson, students consider why it is important to study “difficult histories” as they examine primary and secondary sources that reveal the long history of anti-AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) racism in the United States.

Taking It to the Streets: Global Protests During the Pandemic

In this lesson, students examine photographs of protests from various countries around the world, develop research questions and conduct research into specific protests, and analyze some of the similarities and differences regarding the causes of street protests and governmental responses to them.

The Costs of War

In this lesson, students examine data from the Costs of War Project to explore the geography and scope as well as the human, economic, social, and political costs of the War on Terror, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Students also consider how an analysis of the wars’ costs should influence current and future U.S. foreign policy.

Oral History and September 11

In this lesson, students explore the human dimension of the September 11 attacks by conducting an interview and considering the benefits and limitations of using oral history to learn about the past.

Processing the Pandemic: Remembering a Year of COVID-19 Through Political Cartoons

In this lesson, students analyze political cartoons that not only reflect the events of the times, but also offer interpretations and express strong opinions about pandemic events and experiences.

Juneteenth: Symbolism, Ritual, and Meaning

Juneteenth has been designated as a national holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. In this lesson, students learn about the history of the Juneteenth holiday, analyze text sources that reveal important symbolism and rituals in Juneteenth commemorations, and research local celebrations of Juneteenth.

“Never Again is Now”: Incarceration Histories and Solidarity

Students explore how knowledge of history can inspire activism and build solidarity across communities. Students use primary sources to compare and contrast Japanese American incarceration in WWII and contemporary migrant detention.

“This Is Not Who We Are.” Or Is It? Historians Contextualize the Capitol Riot

In this lesson, students will work together to explore six different excerpted articles from historians and scholars who, in the days after the Capitol riot, sought to provide historical context for the events of January 6.

Black Lives Matter, the Killing of George Floyd, and the Long Fight for Racial Justice

Students review a timeline of Black activism, identify patterns and themes, consider accomplishments of civil rights activists and the enduring obstacles to racial equality, and evaluate platforms for activism and the role of social media in protests.

Teaching About Controversial Issues: A Resource Guide

This resource guide provides teachers with resources and pedagogical tools to feel more prepared to address controversial issues in the classroom.

Gerrymandering: One Person, One Vote?

In this lesson students understand the reasons for and process of redistricting after a census.

An Interactive Timeline: U.S. Immigration Policy, Past and Present

Students review a timeline of U.S. immigration policy and laws from European colonization to today, collaboratively synthesize their findings, and present them to the class.

Syrian Refugees: Understanding Stories with Comics

In this lesson, students will read stories of Syrian refugees to learn more about the ongoing civil war and refugee crisis in Syria.

Myanmar and the Rohingya

In this free Teaching with the News lesson, students learn more about the Rohingya people of Myanmar and the current conflict.

History in Dispute: Charlottesville and Confederate Monuments

In this lesson students will understand the idea of historical memory and contextualize the August 2017 events in Charlottesville within a larger historical controversy.

Values and Public Policy

Students identify values as a way to understand the views of others, find common ground where it exists, and work together to find ways to form policy.

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