Previously Featured Content

Browse resources which were previously featured on our Educator Resources page. Many of our featured content pieces tie in with the anniversary of an historical event or address ongoing current events.

January 12, 2017

Lesson:  The Philosophy of Nonviolence

In commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, teach this lesson about the goals of the philosophy of nonviolence advocated by civil rights leaders like Dr. King.

Blog Post:  Digital Tools to Explore Martin Luther King's Legacy

Discover digital tools that will bring the words and ideas of Martin Luther King Jr. to life in your classroom and inspire students to participate in their own communities. 
 


December 15, 2017

Unit:  Totally Unofficial: Raphael Lemkin and the Genocide Convetion

The first trial to prosecute perpetrators of the 1994 Rwanda genocide occurred on December 27, 1996. Teach this short unit to help students understand the challenge of preventing genocide.

Lesson:  Defining Freedom

The Emancipation Proclamation was issued January 1, 1863. Teach this lesson to help students understand the various ways black Americans defined freedom in the 1860s and beyond.


December 8, 2017

Video:  Fundamental Freedoms

As the December 10 anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights approaches, share this video with your students to learn more about Eleanor Roosevelt's development into a passionate human rights advocate.

Lesson:  What is a Right?

Use this lesson to engage your students in an analysis of the text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


November 17, 2017

Lesson:  LGBTQ History and Why It Matters

Forty years ago, Harvey Milk became the first openly gay elected official in California history. Use this lesson to introduce students to two millennia of LGBTQ history and reflect on why it matters.


November 10, 2017

LessonResponding to the Rohingya Crisis

Help your students understand the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Myanmar region by providing them with historical context and space to respond to survivor testimony.

LessonUnderstanding Kristallnacht

Teach this lesson to help students investigate what happened in Germany on November 9 and 10, 1938, and the variety of choices individuals made in response to that night’s violence and terror.


November 03, 2017

Lesson: Responding to the Rohingya Crisis 

Help your students understand the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Myanmar region by providing them with historical context and space to respond to survivor testimony.

Lesson: Understanding Kristallnacht

Teach this lesson to help students investigate what happened in Germany on November 9 and 10, 1938, and the variety of choices individuals made in response to that night’s violence and terror.


October 20, 2017

Lesson: Keeping Watch on Democracy

Challenge your students to create a definition for democracy, and introduce them to criteria political scientists use to measure a democracy’s health.

Lesson: Teaching About UNESCO

Help students undertand UNESCO's mission, its relationship to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the implications for America's withdrawal.  


October 13, 2017

LessonUnderstanding the Conditions that Lead to “Ethnic Cleansing”

Share with students recent news of the campaign of violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar, and help students understand the tensions within a nation that sometimes lead to atrocities.


October 06, 2017

Blog Post: Help Your Students Reflect on the Tragic Las Vegas Shooting

Learn how to create a safe space for your students as they process and respond to the heartbreaking events that occured over the weekend.

Lessons and Readings: Can you protest during the national anthem and still be a patriot? Deepen students’ historical understanding of the #TakeAKnee controversy.


September 29, 2017

Lesson: Finding Your Voice
The fate of DACA has intensified an ongoing debate in the United States around the question “What does it mean to be American?”. This lesson from our new unit “My Part of the Story” helps students understand how their voices and stories contribute to the identity of the nation.

Lessons and Readings: Can you protest during the national anthem and still be a patriot? Deepen students’ historical understanding of the #TakeAKnee controversy.


September 08, 2017

Lesson: Finding Your Voice
The fate of DACA has intensified an ongoing debate in the United States around the question “What does it mean to be American?”. This lesson from our new unit “My Part of the Story” helps students understand how their voices and stories contribute to the identity of the nation.

Featured Collection: Teaching After Charlottesville
Use these resources to help your students respond to and make sense of the political and social tensions that intensified after this summers' episodes of hatred, bigotry, and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.


August 22, 2017

Lesson: After Charlottesville: Contested History and the Fight Against Bigotry
Use this lesson to help students consider the power of historical symbols and the conflict over public memory that intensified after the Charleston murders in 2015 and the recent violence in Charlottesville.

Reading: The Walking Boy
A writer recalls how he and his white childhood friends in Alabama treated a black boy walking through their neighborhood. Use this reading to help students reflect on what happens when one’s conscience conflicts with one’s desire to belong.


August 15, 2017

Lesson: Preparing Students for Difficult Conversations
Recent events in Charlottesville are making difficult conversations in the classroom about racism, hatred, and bigotry necessary and inevitable. Adapt this lesson from our Facing Ferguson unit to lay the foundation for a safe and reflective classroom where students feel they can speak honestly about these sensitive issues.

Video: A Contested History
How can the way we remember history fuel conflict and violence in the world today? This video provides crucial historical context for recent events in the United States and helps students consider how our memory of the past affects our beliefs and choices today.


August 04, 2017

Lesson: Citizen Power Makes Democracy Work
Engaged citizens are essential to a healthy democracy, but what does it mean to be a good citizen, and how do citizens learn to use their power to make change?

Unit: Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age
This unit helps students explore the media coverage and protests following the shooting death of Michael Brown, which occurred three years ago this week, in order to become informed civic participants in today’s digital landscape.


July 28, 2017

Digital Book: Stolen Lives: The Indigenous Peoples of Canada and the Indian Residential Schools
Explore the history and legacy of the Indian Residential Schools system in Canada with our latest online book.

Reading: The Warsaw Ghettto Uprising
Learn about the largest armed resistance mounted by Jews against the Nazis during the Holocaust.


July 14, 2017

Summer Reading List: Foundations for Future Voters: Books on Democracy & Citizenship
Made in collaboration with the School Library Journal, Foundations for Future Voters: Books on Democracy and Citizenship includes recommendations for students ranging all grade levels.

Featured Partner: Stand For Children Kindness Challenge
Kick-start your school’s efforts to improve school climate and reserve a spot for the Middle School Kindness Challenge (limited availability).


July 07, 2017

Featured Resource: Fostering Civil Discourse: A Guide For Classroom Conversations
Learn to create a safe and reflective classroom where students learn to exchange ideas and listen respectfully to each other.

Featured Partner: Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation
JPEF launches a new forum for partisan families to share stories of resistance during the Holocaust.


June 30, 2017

Lessons: Standing Up To Hatred and Intolerance
Engage students as civic actors, thinkers, and problem solvers addressing global challenges of membership and belonging.

Blog Post: Flexing our Civic Muscles Together Against Antisemitism, Hatred, and Intolerance
As identity-based hatred continues, we must work together to be civically engaged. Read about our work in France, which aims to do just that.


June 16, 2017

Lesson: Strategies for Making a Difference
End the school year with a lesson providing students practical strategies for making a difference in the world around them.

Summer Reading List: Foundations for Future Voters: Books on Democracy & Citizenship
Made in collaboration with the School Library Journal, Foundations for Future Voters: Books on Democracy and Citizenship includes recommendations for students ranging all grade levels.


June 09, 2017

Video: The Lavender Scare
Learn about the attempts to purge the US military and federal government of gay and lesbian employees that began during the Cold War and persisted for decades.

Blog: Teaching the Missing History of LGBTQ Civil Rights
A Facing History video producer reflects on his own high school education about LGBTQ history after researching the Lavender Scare.

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