This teaching idea contains strategies and activities for supporting your students in the aftermath of a mass shooting, terrorist attack, or other violent event.
George Floyd's brutal death at the hands of police, the sorrow and outrage of protesters in Minneapolis, and presidential tweets that escalate threats of further violence—all set against the backdrop of an ongoing pandemic which disproportionately impacts communities of color. These events underscore how the legacy of slaveholding has passed to many in our society—including, lethally, law enforcement—who too frequently display indifference and disregard for black lives and black dignity. We commit to using the lessons of history to challenge teachers and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate and we ask you to join us.
Use this Teaching Idea to inform students about recent episodes of racism and antisemitism in schools across the US, probe their causes and impact, and consider positive ways that communities can respond to hate.
Use these activities and resources on Japanese American incarceration during World War II to introduce students to this history while exploring questions about American identity, racism, and citizenship.
Use this teaching idea to help your students draw connections between the long history of black women’s activism against sexual violence and gender discrimination with the #MeToo movement today. The questions and activities focus on the experiences of Recy Taylor, Rosa Parks, and Essie Favrot.
This Teaching Idea contains suggestions for having conversations with your students in response to Memphis Magazine’s use of a racist caricature of mayoral candidate Tami Sawyer on its cover.
This Teaching Idea examines how bias in policing operates at the individual, community, city, and societal levels, and then invites students to use this framework to begin a discussion about creating solutions to the issue of biased policing.
Because new information has emerged that calls into question the occurrence of the alleged attack on Jussie Smollett, we have removed this teaching idea. Regardless of the facts surrounding this particular incident, Facing History affirms the importance of helping students confront and understand the reality of hate crimes and the legacy of the violent past in the United States and around the world.
Provide students with historical context for understanding the protests against the Thirty Meter Telescope on Maunakea and help them explore the reasons why many Native Hawaiians oppose its construction.