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Lesson Plans

About Lesson Plans

Our K-12 curricula provide an understanding of diverse perspectives, strengthen critical thinking skills, challenge the development of emerging biases and build skills and motivation to take action against injustice. Current Events Classroom lessons are timely and relevant lesson plans that assist educators in teaching about news topics and other issues of the day. Curriculum Connections are multi-grade curriculum units that challenge students to think critically about past and current issues. All of our curricula are interactive, Common Core aligned and inspire students to take action in support of social justice.

Featured Lesson Plan

Our featured lesson assists teachers in bringing relevant topics and current events to their classrooms, helping students to analyze the issue through an anti-bias, diversity and social justice lens.

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Current Events Classroom

Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day?

Topic: Social Justice

Grade Level: High School

This lesson provides an opportunity for students to learn more about Columbus Day, reflect on why some cities and states have renamed it Indigenous Peoples Day and consider their own points of view on the topic by engaging in a writing project to express their perspective.


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Current Events Classroom

We Were Strangers Too

Learning about Refugees through Art

Topic: Social Justice

Grade Level: Middle School, High School

This lesson provides an opportunity for middle and high school students to learn about the refugee crisis, view and analyze related artwork produced by artists all over the world and other activities to deepen their understanding of the refugee crisis and promote empathy for what it means to be a “stranger.”


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