The lesson plans in this unit take an in-depth look at the history of U.S. expansion and Indian policy, and present the voices and perspectives of Native Americans on the Lewis and Clark expedition. These materials offer an alternative viewpoint on an often-glorified era, and call attention to the dangers of ethnocentric and one-sided versions of history.
Using video histories of Japanese-American internees during World War II, this curriculum unit provides an opportunity for high school students to use this dark period in U.S. history to reflect on the dangers of stereotyping, prejudice and racial and ethnic discrimination, so as not to repeat history.
This lesson uses Kid President’s recent video on Martin Luther King, Jr. as a jumping off point to talk with elementary students about activists. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the activities and qualities of activists, identify and explore famous and ordinary activists and conduct research on an activist of their choice.
This lesson provides an opportunity for high school students to discuss the case of Freddie Gray’s death and the protests that took place in Baltimore and elsewhere. In the lesson, students will learn more about the case, read and analyze several op-eds about it and use what they learned to write their own argumentative essays with a specific point of view and evidence to support their positions.
This lesson provides an opportunity for elementary students to learn more about Henry and Henriet James' actions that led to the change in school policy, explore their own opinions about gender norms/separating children by gender and write a persuasive essay about a school policy/rule they want to change.