Anti-Defamation League

Follow ADL on:

Google+

LinkedIn

Pinterest

Follow ADL on Pinterest
Click to pin: 

Read our Blog

Keep up-to-date with the Access ADL Blog and get new post by e-mail.

Tune in

Listen and subscribe to the ADL Podcasts on iTunes, or visit the website: podcast.adl.org.

Stay connected

Subscribe to ADL Newsletters.

Current Events Classroom

About Current Events Classroom

High School Students Group Discussion
Bigstock

The Current Events Classroom is a collection of timely and relevant brief lesson plans that assist K-12 educators in teaching news topics and other issues of the day. Each lesson helps students analyze the topic through an anti-bias, diversity and social justice lens. [Download Lesson PDF]

Addressing Hate Online: Countering Cyberhate with Counterspeech

Summary

Modern technology has provided groundbreaking advantages, opportunities and information and cannot be underestimated. The Internet, video and music sharing sites, social media and mobile phones have quite literally changed our world forever. Sadly, this ubiquitous communications technology also has become a place for people to communicate and spread hate, vitriolic language and bigotry.

“Cyberhate” has become a growing concern due to its impact on individuals, online communities and our society as a whole. Many online companies are working to strike a balance between protecting individual expression and ensuring that online communities are safe and welcoming for all people.

This lesson provides an opportunity for students to define and learn more about cyberhate, reflect on their own experiences with cyberhate and explore the role of counterspeech in being an online ally.

Grade Level

9-12

Time

90 minutes or 2 class periods

Common Core Anchor Standards

Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening


[Download PDF]

Elementary School Lessons

Who Is Malala Yousafzai? (PDF)
Malala Yousafzai in 2014 is the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize at age seventeen. Students learn about Malala, why she won the prize and explores what it means to be an activist. (Grades 4-7)

Mo'Ne Davis and Gender Stereotypes (PDF)
Mo'Ne Davis, a 13 year old girl, has made news headlines because of her distinction in Little League Baseball. This elementary lesson provides an opportunity for students to learn more about Mo'Ne Davis and explore gender stereotypes about sports and in other areas of their lives.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964: 7 Ways to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary (PDF)
Includes a variety of teaching strategies about the history of discrimination and racism in the United States, the struggle for civil rights, the Civil Rights Act, and the strides we have made as well as the work that remains to be done. (Grades K-12)

Identity-Based Bullying (PDF)
When bullying targets aspects of a person’s identity, it is called identity-based bullying, and may include bias about appearance, race, culture, gender and gender expression, language, religion, socioeconomic status, disability and sexual orientation. This lesson will help students define and understand identity-based bullying, reflect on experiences they have had and analyze scenarios and come up with potential solutions. (Grades 2-5)

Who Am I? Identity Poems (PDF)
Lesson provides an opportunity for children to learn more about poetry, understand the role of metaphors and comparisons in poetry and reflect on aspects of their identity in order to write an acrostic poem about themselves. (Grades 2-5)

Toys and Gender (PDF)
Holiday season is a time of year when children and families think about buying toys for children. In our society, very few toys are free of gender packaging and most toys are either associated with girls or boys. This lesson gives students the opportunity to learn about and reflect on how toys are influenced by gender stereotypes and how children and their families are impacted by those messages. (Grades K-3) UPDATE: Subsequent adaptations of this lesson have been included for PreK students.

What is Marriage Equality? (PDF)
This lesson provides an opportunity for students to explore marriage equality, gain background information about it, and reflect on their own thoughts and feelings about marriage equality. UPDATE: As of October 2014, the U.S. Constitution guarantees marriage equality for same-sex couples in 25 states plus District of Columbia. (Grades 4-8)

MIddle School Lessons (Recent)

Should Washington's NFL Team Change Their Name? (PDF)
Students learn more about the controversy, understand different perspectives about the use of Native American mascots in sports and reflect on their own points of view through activities and writing. (Grades 8-12)

Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act Fifth Anniversary (PDF)
Provides an opportunity for students to understand the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, learn about how hate escalates and consider what young people can do in their schools and communities to prevent hate crimes. (Grades 6-12)

Who Is Malala Yousafzai? (PDF)
Malala Yousafzai in 2014 is the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize at age seventeen. Students learn about Malala, why she won the prize and explores what it means to be an activist. (Grades 4-7)

Who are the Children at Our Border? (PDF)
Students learn about the unaccompanied children at the U.S. border, read and reflect on two children’s stories and consider their opinion about the situation and what to do about it by writing a persuasive letter. (Grades 7-12)

Student Dress Codes: What's Fair? (PDF)
Students reflect on their own opinions regarding student dress codes, identify school and students needs and perspectives and design their own dress codes that satisfy both student and school needs. (Grades 6-12)

Civil Rights Act of 1964: 7 Ways to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary (PDF)
Includes a variety of teaching strategies about the history of discrimination and racism in the United States, the struggle for civil rights, the Civil Rights Act, and the strides we have made as well as the work that remains to be done. (Grades K-12)

What is Weight Bias (PDF)
Students will discuss and define weight bias, identify stereotypes about overweight and obese people and explore what can be done about weight bias in their classroom, school and society at large.

60 Years Later: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education (PDF)
Students will learn more about the Brown v. Board of Education ruling and study two infographics in order to analyze and reflect on the modern day “school-to-prison pipeline” and the opportunity gap that both exist in our public schools. (Grades 6-12)

Responses to Bias: Donald Sterling of the L.A. Clippers (PDF)
Students learn more about Donald Sterling’s racist statements, discuss what they would do in certain stakeholder roles and explore the different responses. (Grades 6-12)

Middle School Lessons

Who Was César Chávez? (PDF)
Students learn more about César Chávez, the strategies he used to create change for the migrant farm workers and analyze and reflect on modern day civil rights and labor struggles. (Grades 6-12)

Stereotypes of Girls and Women in the Media (PDF)
Students critically examine certain media forms and their portrayals of women and girls and how media shapes public perception and can perpetuate bias.

The Sound of Silence in Football: Derrick Coleman (PDF)
In this lesson, students will discuss this inspiring football player, learn more about Derrick Coleman’s life and reflect on a story written by a deaf teenager.

Nelson Mandela: ‘A True Hero of Conscience’ (PDF)
In celebration and memory of the life of Nelson Mandela, this lesson provides students the opportunity to learn, in several ways, more about Nelson Mandela and his extraordinary life.

What is Marriage Equality? (PDF)
Lesson provides an opportunity for students to explore marriage equality, gain background information about it, and reflect on their own thoughts and feelings about marriage equality. (Grades 4-8)

High School Lessons (Recent)

Should Washington's NFL Team Change Their Name? (PDF)
Students learn more about the controversy, understand different perspectives about the use of Native American mascots in sports and reflect on their own points of view through activities and writing. (Grades 8-12)

Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act Fifth Anniversary (PDF)
Provides an opportunity for students to understand the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, learn about how hate escalates and consider what young people can do in their schools and communities to prevent hate crimes. Also see Analyzing Hate Crimes Statistics (PDF). (Grades 6-12)

Who are the Children at Our Border? (PDF)
Students learn about the unaccompanied children at the U.S. border, read and reflect on two children’s stories and consider their opinion about the situation and what to do about it by writing a persuasive letter. (Grades 7-12)

Student Dress Codes: What's Fair? (PDF)
Students reflect on their own opinions regarding student dress codes, identify school and students needs and perspectives and design their own dress codes that satisfy both student and school needs. (Grades 6-12)

Privilege, Discrimination and Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System (PDF)
Students learn about unearned privilege, examine racial disparities in the criminal justice system and explore the role of privilege in the different interactions white and people of color have with law enforcement.

What is Happening in Ferguson, MO? (PDF)
Students learn about the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown and reflect on their thoughts and feelings about the case, analyze the militarization of the police and explore activism.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964: 7 Ways to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary (PDF)
Includes a variety of teaching strategies about the history of discrimination and racism in the United States, the struggle for civil rights, the Civil Rights Act, and the strides we have made as well as the work that remains to be done. (Grades K-12)

60 Years Later: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education (PDF)
Students will learn more about the court ruling and study two infographics to analyze and reflect on the modern day “school-to-prison pipeline” and the opportunity gap. (Grades 6-12)

Get Regular Updates

The Current Events Classroom is a collection of timely and relevant lesson plans that assist K-12 educators in teaching news topics and other issues of the day.

If you want to receive an update every time there is a new Current Events Classroom lesson (could be as often as weekly), send an email with your request to educationcurriculum@adl.org.

High School Lessons

On the Rise: Anti-Semitism in Europe (PDF)
Students define anti-Semitism, identify and categorize incidences of anti-Semitism and learn more about the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe.

Transgender Identity and Issues (PDF)
Students learn about transgender identity and issues, the barriers faced by people who identify as transgender or are gender non-conforming and how we can make schools safe for them.

Responses to Bias: Donald Sterling of the L.A. Clippers (PDF)
Students learn more about Donald Sterling’s racist statements, discuss what they would do in certain stakeholder roles and explore the different responses. (Grades 6-12)

What is the Dream Act and Who are the Dreamers? (PDF)
Students learn about the DREAM Act, reflect on different perspectives about it and identify their own opinion to defend in writing.

Who Was César Chávez? (PDF)
Students learn about César Chávez, the strategies he used to create change for the migrant farm workers and analyze and reflect on modern day civil rights and labor struggles. (Grades 6-12)

Stereotypes of Girls and Women in the Media (PDF)
Students critically examine certain media forms and their portrayals of women and girls and how media shapes public perception and can perpetuate bias.

Microaggressions In Our Lives (PDF)
Students explore what microaggressions are, how they have experienced them and what can be done to counteract them.

Bias, Bullying and Bad Behavior in the NFL (PDF)
Students reflect on the news story about two Miami Dolphins football players in a situation involving bullying and bias.

Self-Defense and Racial Profiling (PDF)
Students will discuss the homicide of Renisha McBride, who was shot to death while seeking help after being in a car accident and analyze the role of self-defense and racial profiling.

Nelson Mandela: ‘A True Hero of Conscience’ (PDF)
Lesson provides students the opportunity to learn more about Nelson Mandela and his extraordinary life.

Bookmark and Share

Related

PLAN A TRAINING

 Please leave this field empty
Please enter your first name.
Please enter your last name.
Please enter your email address.Invalid format.
A value is required. Plase enter your zip/postal code.
A value is required.