Provide students with a structured space to grapple with their thoughts and feelings in response to the Chicago police shooting of Laquan McDonald and the trial of Officer Van Dyke.
This set of Facing History lesson plans helps educators teach the letters exchanged between George Washington and the Hebrew congregation of Newport, RI. These lesson plans feature historical background and activity ideas for exploring the history and themes of the letters, and questions to help guide students through a thoughtful reflection of the events presented in the letters.
Black History Month is more than a celebration of selected achievements by a talented few. It is a time for students, educators, and historians to deeply examine pivotal moments of the African American experience. The historical impact of African Americans on the story of America is profound and ongoing – but it is within the study of this history that we become better equipped to wrestle with the challenges and opportunities around contemporary discussions of racism.
Inform students about the rising number of antisemitic incidents in the United States and explore the story of one teacher’s response to an antisemitic incident involving high school students in her community.
After sharing the letters between George Washington and the Hebrew congregation of Newport, RI with your students, you may want to ask your class to reflect on religion and freedom in America today by writing their own letters. See examples of letters written by Facing History students.
This teaching idea was created in anticipation of the 2018 midterm elections, before the election results were known. The discussion questions and strategies can be used to help your students unpack the results the day after the election and beyond.
With reparations in the news, this Teaching Idea helps students define the term, learn what forms reparations can take, and consider what reparations should be offered for slavery and other racist policies.
This teaching idea provides an overview of the ERA and a look at the history behind the struggle to ratify the amendment that would formally guarantee women equal rights to men under the US Constitution.
At the heart of Facing History's project on the Reconstruction era is our belief that the lifeblood of democracy is the ability of every rising generation to be active, responsible decision-makers. This website features a video series with accompanying lessons and primary source documen