How can we as educators best support our students as they process the results of this divisive political season? Facing History recently published this blog post, What Next?: How to Move Forward Together After a Divisive Election, to give educators some context for thinking about the election. The resources below can help educators today as they navigate students’ responses to the election.
- Fostering Civil Discourse offers strategies for establishing a safe space for sensitive topics, creating a classroom contract, providing opportunities for student reflection, and modeling respectful civil discourse.
- Lesson: The Impact of Identity: Use activities in this lesson to help students identify how their identity contributes to the way they respond to other people (and how other people respond to us).
- Lesson: Understanding the Universe of Obligation: This lesson helps students explore the factors that influence the extent to which we feel an obligation for helping others.
- Article: Confronting Confirmation Bias: Giving Truth a Fighting Chance in the Information Age: Written by Alan C. Miller, president of the News Literacy Project, this article explains social media algorithms and the “filter bubble” and how to build students’ news literacy skills.
- Article: Invoking History in Today’s Politics: This article emphasizes the importance of using historical perspective to ask probing questions about our country and our choices.
- Facing Today blog post: Choosing to Participate in a Digital Age: What does it mean to choose to participate in a digital world? This blog post shares the Youth and Participatory Politics Action Frame as a model to help young people reflect on the ethical choices they face in their desire to make a difference.