An increasing number of people are calling for an end to the Electoral College. Teach high students about the Electoral College and its origins, as well as the more contemporary movement advocating for the National Popular Vote and the interstate compact that would support it.
Felony disenfranchisement can impact elections and local laws in a variety of ways. High school students learn about felony disenfranchisement, discuss the pros and cons and whether it should remain intact.
What a Black Man Wants: The 15th Amendment and the Right to Vote
One of the most outspoken proponents of the 15th Amendment was Frederick Douglass, a national leader of the abolitionist movement after escaping slavery. Students will analyze Douglass's speech, "What the Black Man Wants," and his argument for why Black men should have the right to vote.
With a steady increase among young adults who vote, help high school students explorethe role and importance of the youth vote, consider barriers to the youth vote, and propose ideas for taking action.
August 2020 marksthe centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Help high school students understand how racism played a role in Black women beingexcluded from the right to vote.
What is implicit and explicit bias? Students learn about these termsas they reflect on examples of everyday bias in the newsand situations in which they have experienced or encountered everyday type of bias.
Through review and examination of videos, articles, data research and hashtag campaigns—#1000BlackGirlBooks and #WeNeedDiverseBooks, students learn about and discuss the importance of diverse literature.
Race and racism are topics that regularly come up in the news and populate our social media feeds. 5th-7th grade students explore race and racism using a range of young people’s first encounter stories.
Teach middle and high school students how they can voice their thoughts with Congress on what should be done about DACA and DREAMers. In this lesson, students learn about DREAMers/DACA recipients andreflect on what it means to be “American.”
A high school lesson that provides students an opportunity to reflect on the historical context of lynching in the U.S., the current day use of the hangman’s noose, the increase use of hate symbols and explore what can be done about it.
This middle school lesson provides an opportunity for students to reflect upon the important aspects of their own identity, learn more about the policy and situation at Mystic Valley Regional Charter School and consider their points of view about the school policy.