More Specific Anti-Hate Lessons

More Specific Anti-Hate Lessons

(Goal: explore specific forms of hate that need attention in specific environments.)

(Note to facilitators: We are still curating this list fully and will be done in a couple of weeks. But this list will always be growing: We could (and should!) spend our entire lives learning to address these issues. Our partner organizations have vast curricular units to offer on all of the issues below. And a long-term goal is the deepest anti-hate work of all: more extensive and experiential activities to help students more fully know and respect the people they share their school and community with and to always take action against hate.)

Remember: when you’re done with your lesson(s), end your Specific Anti-Hate #USvsHate lesson by inviting students to create anti-hate messaging in any media. (See the bottom of this resource list, and see Getting Started for instructions.  


Specific Anti-Hate Lessons

RACISM

First Encounters With Race and Racism: Teaching Ideas for Classroom Conversations (New York Times Learning Network)

  • Grade Level: 9-12
  • Time Required: 2-3 hours or could be extended in a longer unit of instruction
  • Materials Needed: warm-up, lined paper, technology
  • Highlight: This source helps teachers facilitate discussion about racism by using powerful storytelling.

25 Mini-Films for Exploring Race, Bias and Identity With Students (New York Times Learning Network)

  • Grade Level: 9-12
  • Time Required: varies depending on number of films selected and how teachers want to use them, documentaries range from 1-7 minutes
  • Materials Needed: Computer, Internet, Projector, Speakers
  • Highlight: This source helps teachers facilitate discussion about racism by using powerful storytelling.

Racial Profiling Lessons (Teaching Tolerance)

  • Grade Level: 9-12
  • Time Required: Variable depending on how many lessons selected.
  • Materials Needed: Variable depending on strategies selected.
  • Highlight: Provides materials as well as instructional strategies (some old, some new) to foster class discussion and engagement.”

Resources to Explore to Help Answer Our 7 Big Questions (Jess Lifshitz)

  • Grade Level: K-8
  • Time Required: Variable depending on how many activities selected.
  • Materials Needed: Variable depending on activities selected.
  • Highlight: A great compilation made by a 5th-grade teacher, Jess Lifshitz, from outside of Chicago. Lots of conversation starters to invite elementary and middle school students into critical dialogue about racial stereotypes and assumptions.

Black Lives Matter at School (National Education Association):

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Black Lives Matter Resources (Zinn Education Project/Rethinking Schools)

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Black Lives Matter: From Hashtag to Movement (Anti-Defamation League).

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Teaching #BlackLivesMatter (Teaching for Change)

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Black Lives Matter Lesson Series (Morningside Center)

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Teaching The New Jim Crow (Teaching Tolerance)

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  • Highlight: Guide to teaching Michelle Alexander’s crucial book The New Jim Crow. Various lessons for students. See also this webinar for educators.

An Outrage (Teaching Tolerance)  

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  • Materials Needed: Free film with teacher’s guide; available for streaming only
  • Highlight: “An Outrage" takes viewers to the very communities where heinous acts of violence took place, offering a painful look back at lives lost to lynching and a critical look forward.

Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot (Teaching Tolerance)

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Mighty Times: A Children's March (Teaching Tolerance)

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A Time for Justice (Free film with teacher’s guide) (Teaching Tolerance)

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Civil Rights Done Right (Teaching Tolerance)

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  • Highlight: This is a teacher-facing tool (editable PDF) to guide educators in developing lessons about the civil rights movement that go deeper to include things like context, tactics, resistance, etc. It's part of the Teaching the Movement suite of materials @ TT.

The Color Line (Zinn Education Project/Rethinking Schools)

  • Grade Level: 9-12
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  • Highlight: A lesson on the countless colonial laws enacted to create division and inequality based on race.

Constitution Role Play: Whose “More Perfect Union”? and The Constitutional Convention: Who Really Won? (Zinn Education Project/Rethinking Schools)

  • Grade Level: 5-12
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Burned Out of Homes and History: Unearthing the Silenced Voices of the Tulsa Race Riot (Zinn Education Project/Rethinking Schools)  

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“If There Is No Struggle…” Teaching a People’s History of the Abolition Movement (Zinn Education Project/Rethinking Schools)

  • Grade Level: 5-12
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Teaching about Reconstruction and When Black Lives Mattered: Why Teach Reconstruction (Zinn Education Project/Rethinking Schools)

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#Charlottesville Curriculum (American Federation of Teachers/Share My Lesson)

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Addressing Racism and Stereotyping (American Federation of Teachers/Share My Lesson)

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Noose Incidents and Their Historical Context (Anti-Defamation League) t

    • Grade Level: 9-12
    • Time Required: 45-60 Minutes
    • Materials Needed: Provided video, article, and audio files
  • Highlight: Engaging video about family searching for information about their family member’s lynching over 100 years previously.

For ongoing curriculum development:

Teaching Tolerance offers a huge online resource for developing curriculum that gets students learning from texts and one another. Check out the Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards, comprised of anchor standards and age-appropriate learning outcomes for K-12 anti-bias work. (The standards are divided into four domains—Identity, Diversity, Justice and Action (IDJA).)  Visit the Perspectives text library, where you can register and then search for texts by social justice domain (identity, diversity, justice and action), topic (ability, bullying, class, gender and sexual identity, immigration, race and ethnicity, religion), grade level and text type. Here are some examples:

One Million Men and Me (Teaching Tolerance Perspectives text library for curriculum development linked to the TT Social Justice Standards)

  • Grade Level: K-5
  • Time Required: 10-20 minutes
  • Materials Needed: Tech for recording; can include transcript; must create own lesson (support for lesson writing via TT “Teach This” button)
  • Highlight: Firsthand account

March with Me (Teaching Tolerance Perspectives text library for curriculum development linked to the TT Social Justice Standards)

  • Grade Level: 3-8
  • Time Required: 1 hour
  • Materials Needed: Reading; must create own lesson; (support for lesson writing via TT “Teach This” button)
  • Highlight: Excerpt from a novel; can encourage students to read whole novel

Loving for All (Teaching Tolerance Perspectives text library for curriculum development linked to the TT Social Justice Standards)

  • Grade Level: 6-12
  • Time Required: 1 hour
  • Materials Needed: Excerpt needed; must build own lesson; (support for lesson writing via TT “Teach This” button); can have students watch Loving movie (2016)
  • Highlight: A movie was just made about this, so it would be interesting to include both

Also see the Ethnic Studies lessons and syllabi from the National Association for Multicultural Education: http://californianame.nationbuilder.com/9_12_lesson_plans

XENOPHOBIA/ANTI-IMMIGRANT HATE

We Were Strangers Too: Learning about Refugees through Art (Anti-Defamation League)

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Huddled Mass or Second Class?: Challenging Anti-Immigrant Bias in the U.S. (Anti-Defamation League)

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What is the Dream Act and Who Are the Dreamers? (Anti-Defamation League)

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What Should Be Done About DACA? (Anti-Defamation League)

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Who Are the Children At Our Border? (Anti-Defamation League)  

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Text to Text: Comparing Jewish Refugees of the 1930s With Syrian Refugees Today (New York Times Learning Network)

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Immigration Myths (Teaching Tolerance)

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Viva La Causa: The Story of César Chávez, Dolores Huerta and a Great Movement for Social Justice (Teaching Tolerance)   

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Injustice On Our Plates (Teaching Tolerance):

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  • Highlight: booklet of lessons about migrant women farm workers.

Still Living Undocumented (Tatyana Kleyn)

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  • Highlight: This short film and teacher’s guide shares stories of the impact of DACA, on young adults able and not able to access it.

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The Hidden Four P’s and Immigration. (John Lee/Christine Sleeter)

  • Grade Level: 8-12
  • Time Required: Reading is about 5 minutes
  • Materials Needed: Article; will need to supplement with lesson built around it
  • Highlight: Activity exploring family immigration histories. Introduces important vocabulary words (push, pull, punish, and privilege) as important things to understand about immigration

Critical Family History. (Christine Sleeter)

  • Grade Level: 8-12
  • Time Required: Up to a week - can choose how many links you want to explore with clas
  • Materials Needed: Need to create own graphic organizers for this/actual lessons. Start here: it’s an orientation to “critical family histories” that help students explore their own family histories, then share those with others.
  • Highlight: Helps students trace their family history.
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Flipping Our Scripts about Undocumented Immigration (Mica Pollock/Schooltalking)

    • Grade Level: 8-12
    • Highlight: this is an example of actually doing “critical family history,” designed for educators and students to read. (Schooltalking)

Dreamers Welcome poster (National Education Association)

Teaching Tolerance offers a huge online resource for developing curriculum that gets students learning from texts and one another. Check out the Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards, comprised of anchor standards and age-appropriate learning outcomes for K-12 anti-bias work. (The standards are divided into four domains—Identity, Diversity, Justice and Action (IDJA).) Visit the Perspectives text library, where you can register and then search for texts by social justice domain (identity, diversity, justice and action), topic (ability, bullying, class, gender and sexual identity, immigration, race and ethnicity, religion), grade level and text type. Here are some examples:

Small Truths (Teaching Tolerance Perspectives text library for curriculum development linked to the TT Social Justice Standards)

  • Grade Level: K-12 (says K-5 but we think older students would benefit too)
  • Time Required: 4-minute video; up to 1 hour
  • Materials Needed: Video and transcripts; need to create own lesson; (support for lesson writing via TT “Teach This” button)
  • Highlight: Firsthand accounts from children sharing their immigration experience

Behind the Barbed Wire (Teaching Tolerance Perspectives text library for curriculum development linked to the TT Social Justice Standards)

  • Grade Level: 3-5
  • Time Required: 20 minutes
  • Materials Needed: Excerpt from site; (support for lesson writing via TT “Teach This” button)
  • Highlight: About Japanese Internment camps; can include Farewell to Manzanar excerpt or reading for older kids

What is a Sanctuary City Anyway? (Teaching Tolerance Perspectives text library for curriculum development linked to the TT Social Justice Standards)

  • Grade Level: 9-12
  • Time Required: 1 hour
  • Materials Needed: Reading from TT; need to create own lesson beyond excerpt; (support for lesson writing via TT “Teach This” button)
  • Highlight: A great resource for students to learn about sanctuary city issues.

HOMOPHOBIA/TRANSPHOBIA:

LGBTQ History Timeline Lesson (GLSEN)

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  • Highlight: A great way for folks to have an understanding of LGBTQ people in history and themselves in it.

Misgendering and Respect for Pronouns (GLSEN)

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The Breakdown: Exploring Transphobia and Genderism (GLSEN)

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Beyond the Gender Binary  (GLSEN)

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Understanding Homophobia/Heterosexism and How to be an Ally (Anti-Defamation League) https://www.adl.org/education/educator-resources/lesson-plans/understanding-homophobia-heterosexism-and-how-to-be-an

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Creating an Inclusive Classroom by Offering Pronoun Choice (New York Times Learning Network)

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Gender Bias and Homophobia in Sports (Teaching Tolerance)

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Exposing Hidden Homophobia (Teaching Tolerance)

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What’s Bad about “That’s So Gay”? (Teaching Tolerance)

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Legal Guidance on Transgender Students’ Rights (National Education Association)

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For ongoing curriculum development:

Explore the broader lessons of HRC’s Welcoming Schools and GLSEN on LGBTQ rights and inclusion.

Teaching Tolerance offers a huge online resource for developing curriculum that gets students learning from texts and one another. Check out the Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards, comprised of anchor standards and age-appropriate learning outcomes for K-12 anti-bias work. (The standards are divided into four domains—Identity, Diversity, Justice and Action (IDJA).)  Visit the Perspectives text library, where you can register and then search for texts by social justice domain (identity, diversity, justice and action), topic (ability, bullying, class, gender and sexual identity, immigration, race and ethnicity, religion), grade level and text type. Here are some examples:

10,000 Dresses (Teaching Tolerance Perspectives text library for curriculum development linked to the TT Social Justice Standards)

  • Grade Level: K-5
  • Materials Needed: Need to build lesson (support for lesson writing via TT “Teach This” button)

Families Like Mine: Children of Gay Parents Tell It Like It Is (Teaching Tolerance Perspectives text library for curriculum development linked to the TT Social Justice Standards)

  • Grade Level: 6-8
  • Materials Needed: Need to build lesson (support for lesson writing via TT “Teach This” button)

ISLAMOPHOBIA

Black Muslims in the United States: An Introductory Activity (Teaching for Change).

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  • Highlight: In the activity, students read character biographies about Black Muslim Americans from colonization to the present. Students then introduce their characters to one another in a “meet and greet.” See here for backstory on the lesson.

Countering Islamophobia (Teaching Tolerance)

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Toolkit for Expelling Islamophobia (Teaching Tolerance)

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Extreme Prejudice (Teaching Tolerance)

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  • Highlight: educator webinar about religious-extremist hate in general, but also post-9/11 bias toward Sikh and Muslim students particularly.

Anti-Muslim Bigotry and Being an Ally (Anti-Defamation League)  

  • Grade Level: 7-12
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Growing Up in a Time of Fear: Confronting Stereotypes About Muslims and Countering Xenophobia (New York Times Learning Network)

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Analyzing Trump’s Immigration Ban: A Lesson Plan (New York Times Learning Network)

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Combating Islamophobia lessons (Read Fakhra Shah’s lesson outline here and her presentation here.) (National Education Association)

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For ongoing curriculum development:

Teaching Tolerance offers a huge online resource for developing curriculum that gets students learning from texts and one another. Check out the Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards, comprised of anchor standards and age-appropriate learning outcomes for K-12 anti-bias work. (The standards are divided into four domains—Identity, Diversity, Justice and Action (IDJA).)  Visit the Perspectives text library, where you can register and then search for texts by social justice domain (identity, diversity, justice and action), topic (ability, bullying, class, gender and sexual identity, immigration, race and ethnicity, religion), grade level and text type. Here are some examples:

Zahrah’s Hijab  (Teaching Tolerance Perspectives text library for curriculum development linked to the TT Social Justice Standards)

  • Grade Level: K-5
  • Time Required: 20 minutes
  • Materials Needed: Access to tech for recording; can use transcript; need to build lesson; (support for lesson writing via TT “Teach This” button)
  • Highlight: Nonfiction account discussing the hijab and the misconceptions that encourage people to be violent against hijabis from a student’s firsthand account

A Backlash Against Arab Americans (Teaching Tolerance Perspectives text library for curriculum development linked to the TT Social Justice Standards)

  • Grade Level: 9-12
  • Time Required: 30 minutes
  • Materials Needed: Shorts essay about religious intolerance/islamophobia; need to build lesson (support for lesson writing via TT “Teach This” button)
  • Highlight: Explains inappropriate reactions to Arab-Americans (not all who are Muslim) based on fear

ANTISEMITISM

Anti-Semitic Incidents: Being an Ally, Advocate and Activist (Anti-Defamation League)  

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One Survivor Remembers (Teaching Tolerance)

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Swastikas and Other Hate Symbols(Anti-Defamation League)

  • Grade Level: 9-12
  • Time Required: 45-60 Minutes (plus time for writing assignment)
  • Materials Needed: Provided symbols and handouts for students
  • Highlight: Jigsaw activity to read about and discuss hate symbols followed by students writing a persuasive letter using the helpful “Persuasive Letter Organizer.”

For ongoing curriculum development:

See also the curriculum available from Facing History and Ourselves, on the Holocaust as an anchor for exploring hate in society more generally.)

See also the Anti-Defamation League’s overall resources

Teaching Tolerance offers a huge online resource for developing curriculum that gets students learning from texts and one another. Check out the Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards, comprised of anchor standards and age-appropriate learning outcomes for K-12 anti-bias work. (The standards are divided into four domains—Identity, Diversity, Justice and Action (IDJA).)  Visit the Perspectives text library, where you can register and then search for texts by social justice domain (identity, diversity, justice and action), topic (ability, bullying, class, gender and sexual identity, immigration, race and ethnicity, religion), grade level and text type. Here’s an example:

Danger on My Doorstop (Teaching Tolerance Perspectives text library for curriculum development linked to the TT Social Justice Standards)

  • Grade Level: 6-8
  • Time Required: 30 minutes
  • Materials Needed: Excerpt; need to build lesson (support for lesson writing via TT “Teach This” button)
  • Highlight: Can be used to parallel the beginnings of the Third Reich with things that may be happening now

SEXISM

Exploring Gender Stereotypes w/ Role Plays(Teaching Tolerance)  

  • Grade Level: K-2
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  • Highlight: Children will use creative, dramatic expression to consider not only the roots of gender stereotypes, but also their consequences and strategies for counteracting them.

#MeToo: It’s About Power  (Morningside Center)  

  • Grade Level: 9-12
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  • Highlight: Through tweets, readings, and small-group discussion, students grapple with the #MeToo movement, and how it relates to the power – or lack of power – of women.

Feminism in 2017 (Morningside Center)

  • Grade Level: 9-12
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  • Highlight: This activity uses tweets to have students consider some of the events that put feminism on the front burner in 2017 – from the women’s march to the #MeToo movement.

Farmworkers Fight Abuse - and Win (Morningside Center)

  • Grade Level: 8-12
  • Time Required: 1+ hours (can be stretched)
  • Materials Needed: Tech for videos, worksheets, supplies for discussion (talking piece, popsicle sticks with names, etc.)
  • Highlight: Students learn about and discuss the remarkable success of an organization of farmworkers that is fighting abuse and demanding dignity on the job. The activity includes two short videos, discussion, and a reading. Incorporates movement.

Intersectionality: What Is It? How Can It Help Us? (Morningside Center)

  • Grade Level: 8-12
  • Time Required: 1 hour
  • Materials Needed: Articles, tech for video
  • Highlight:Students learn about the term "intersectionality," and consider what role it played in the 2017 and 2018 Women's Marches. Introduces and emphasizes intersectionality in feminism.

Environments that encourage harassment - and how to change them (Morningside Center)

  • Grade Level: 8-12
  • Time Required: 1 hour
  • Materials Needed: Tech and reading materials; best in a discussion/seminar style
  • Highlight: In this activity, students consider, together and in small groups, what kind of environment allows sexual harassment and abuse to persist -  and what we can do to challenge such an environment. Very topical - something students would have been hearing about and possibly already interested in.

Harvey Weinstein & the Culture of Silence (Morningside Center)

  • Grade Level: 8-12
  • Time Required: 1 hour
  • Materials Needed: tech and reading materials; best in a discussion/seminar style
  • Highlight: This activity uses a circle format to engage students in sharing their thoughts and reactions to the Weinstein case, using tweets from a variety of sources. A backgrounder and optional student reading helps inform the discussion. Very topical - something students would have been hearing about and possibly already interested in.

Exploring Women’s Rights: The 1908 Textile Strike in a 1st-grade Class (Zinn Education Project/Rethinking Schools)

  • Grade Level: 10-12
  • Time Required: 20 minutes for reading (3 pages); additional lesson around reading
  • Materials Needed: Need to register and login for access to lesson.
  • Highlight: Firsthand account of experiencing from teacher discussing these concepts with young students

Seneca Falls, 1848: Women Organize for Equality (Zinn Education Project/Rethinking Schools)

  • Grade Level: 9-12
  • Time Required: Several class periods; up to a week
  • Materials Needed: Articles, questions provided
  • Highlight: Intersectional look at the rights (or lack thereof) of ALL women and their fights for equality

The Trap of Masculinity: How Sexism Impacts Boys (Anti-Defamation League)

  • Grade Level: 8-12
  • Time Required: 45 min to an hour
  • Materials Needed: Download Link; questions and readings provided
  • Highlight: Links to Common Core Standards

The Reckoning: Teaching About the #MeToo Moment and Sexual Harassment With Resources From The New York Times (New York Times Learning Network)

  • Grade Level: 8-12
  • Time Required: 1-2 hours
  • Materials Needed: Download article and questions
  • Highlight: Topical; discusses #metoo movement, includes Anita Hill testimony

Women on the March: A Lesson Plan on Imagining the Future of Feminism (New York Times Learning Network)

  • Grade Level: 8-12
  • Time Required: 30 min-1 hour
  • Materials Needed: Tech, article, questions; May need to supplement with a second activity
  • Highlight: Video from MTV with Franchesca Ramsey

Student discussion forum: What Is Your Reaction to the #MeToo Movement? (New York Times Learning Network)

  • Grade Level: 8-12
  • Time Required: 15-20 min
  • Materials Needed: Tech; supplemental resources to round out lesson
  • Highlight: Video with women sharing their experiences of sexual harassment

For ongoing curriculum development:

Teaching Tolerance offers a huge online resource for developing curriculum that gets students learning from texts and one another. Check out the Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards, comprised of anchor standards and age-appropriate learning outcomes for K-12 anti-bias work. (The standards are divided into four domains—Identity, Diversity, Justice and Action (IDJA).)  Visit the Perspectives text library, where you can register and then search for texts by social justice domain (identity, diversity, justice and action), topic (ability, bullying, class, gender and sexual identity, immigration, race and ethnicity, religion), grade level and text type. Here are some examples:

Supermom Saves the Day! (Teaching Tolerance Perspectives text library for curriculum development linked to the TT Social Justice Standards)

  • Grade Level: K-5
  • Materials Needed: Need to build lesson (support for lesson writing via TT “Teach This” button)

Going to Bat for Girls  (Teaching Tolerance Perspectives text library for curriculum development linked to the TT Social Justice Standards)

  • Grade Level: 6-8
  • Materials Needed: Need to build lesson (support for lesson writing via TT “Teach This” button)

Being A Girl: A Brief Personal History of Violence  (Teaching Tolerance Perspectives text library for curriculum development linked to the TT Social Justice Standards)

  • Grade Level: 9-12
  • Materials Needed: Need to build lesson (support for lesson writing via TT “Teach This” button)

OTHER HATE FORMS

Challenging Ablest Language (GLSEN)

  • Grade Level: 7-12
  • Time Required: 45 minutes
  • Materials Needed: Tech; follow up assignment
  • Highlight: Informative and allows for reflection; can be built up a lot

Beyond Stigma and Stereotypes: What is Homelessness?   (Anti-Defamation League)

  • Grade Level: 6-9
  • Time Required: 45 min to 1 hour
  • Materials Needed: Download Link; tech
  • Highlight: Homelessness is a little-discussed topic; great resource with lots to discuss and consider.

Understanding and Challenging Ageism  (Anti-Defamation League)    

  • Grade Level: 6-12
  • Time Required: 45 min to 1 hour
  • Materials Needed: Download Link; tech
  • Highlight: Another opportunity to discuss a little-discussed stigma.

A Girl and a Word (Teaching Tolerance Perspectives text library for curriculum development linked to the TT Social Justice Standards)

  • Grade Level: 3-5
  • Materials Needed: Need to build lesson (support for lesson writing via TT “Teach This” button)

MORE EXTENSIVE CURRICULAR PROGRAMS TO KEEP #USvsHate LEARNING GOING

  • See all the curriculum available from Facing History and Ourselves, on history as an anchor for exploring hate in society more generally.)
  • The Anti-Defamation League’s “No Place for Hate” programming and overall resources:
  • Bully Project Programming
  • GLSEN Programming
  • Human Rights Campaign/Welcoming Schools Programming
  • Morningside Center Programming
  • Not In Our Schools programming
  • Teaching Tolerance offers training and a huge online resource for developing curriculum. Ultimately, we can keep learning on these issues via curriculum design that gets students learning from texts and one another. Check out the Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards, comprised of anchor standards and age-appropriate learning outcomes for K-12 anti-bias work. The standards are divided into four domains—Identity, Diversity, Justice and Action (IDJA). https://www.tolerance.org/frameworks/social-justice-standards. Visit the Perspectives text library https://www.tolerance.org/classroom-resources/texts, where you can search for texts by social justice domain (identity, diversity, justice and action), topic (ability, bullying, class, gender and sexual identity, immigration, race and ethnicity, religion), grade level and text type. The social justice standards as a whole support inclusion. The Justice domain in particular focuses on stereotypes, bias, discrimination and oppression.  We’ve included sample texts from Perspectives on our #USvsHate resource lists.

When You're Done with Your Lesson(s):

End your Specific Anti-Hate #USvsHate lesson by inviting students to create anti-hate messaging in any media. (See Getting Started and this Guide for instructions.)  

Schools can display these messages via school walls, activities or websites.

Any such student products (in any media) can be sent to #USvsHate at any time for broader sharing via our website and social media.

Twice a year, winning entries in an #USvsHate contest will be amplified nationally via our website and social media, and also made into free posters and stickers for participating classrooms! (see Getting Started for instructions and dates.)

#USvsHate anti-hate messages do one of the following:

  • explicitly address, explore, and refuse racism, xenophobia, homophobia, Islamophobia, sexism, or other hate forms in schools;
  • communicate that people across lines of difference contribute to our communities, regions, and nation;
  • bust a myth about a “type of” kid too often misrepresented;
  • ask peers to treat peers kindly and respectfully so schools stay safe for learning.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: To support your students in creating anti-hate messaging, end with one of these activities!

“Do Something”!: (Teaching Tolerance)

  • Grade Level: K-12
  • Time Required: varies
  • Materials Needed: varies
  • Highlight: To support your students in creating anti-hate messaging after any #USvsHate lesson, consider ending with a Do Something! Most of these performance tasks ask students to make public anti-hate messages to take action against hate and bias, after exploring their lives and others. You can filter by grade level.

10 Ways Youth Can Engage in Activism (Anti-Defamation League)

  • Grade Level: 6-12 (maybe younger for some of the strategies)
  • Time Required: 1 hour
  • Materials Needed: copies of article
  • Highlight: A resource to read through with students, to consider #USvsHate anti-hate messaging and broader anti-hate action.

Ideas for Student Civic Action in a Time of Social Uncertainty (New York Times Learning Network)

  • Grade Level: 9-12
  • Time Required: up to two class periods, depending on what lessons are created
  • Materials Needed: 11 minutes Tedx video; article; lesson needs to be created to give students direction for application
  • Highlight: After deeper research on social issues if you choose to do that, students create communications that broadcast deeper solutions. Gives students opportunity to figure out how to become active themselves.

Resistance 101: A Lesson on Social Justice Activists and Strategies (Teaching for Change)

  • Grade Level: 6-12
  • Time Required: 2-5 hours
  • Materials Needed: copies of article
  • Highlight: This role play activity introduces students to people throughout history, including many young people, who fought for social justice and civic change using a range of strategies. The lesson helps young people recognize their power to challenge injustice.

Overall questions or ideas for this #USvsHate Resource List? Contact Mica Pollock at micapollock@ucsd.edu.

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