#USvsHate Lessons

About Our Lessons

In #USvsHate, teachers will teach a sample lesson (ideally, a short series of lessons) from a national group of partner organizations, and spark a classroom dialogue about inclusion.

Students will then be invited to create anti-hate messages (hand-drawn or digital posters; poems, essays, spoken word, performances, letters to the editor, or other media) for their school communities that will do 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.

We asked a national group of participating organizations to share one or more "top" lessons designed to "spark a classroom dialogue about inclusion." These include Teaching Tolerance, Facing History and Ourselves, the Anti-Defamation League, the Bully Project, the Human Rights Campaign's Welcoming Schools, the American Federation of Teachers, including the AFT’s “Share My Lesson,” Zinn Education Project/Rethinking Schools, Teaching for Change, the National Education Association, the National Association for Multicultural Education, GLSEN, the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, and the New York Times Learning Network, as well as #Schooltalking, the overall supporter of the #USvsHate project.

We have organized #USvsHate lessons into three sections.  We hope that you might go beyond a single lesson to a short series of lessons:

1) Community Building Activities setting norms and building inclusive relationships.  (Definitely start here if the people in your group don’t really know each other yet.)

2) Foundational Anti-Hate Lessons exploring overarching issues of hate and bias, bullying, stereotypes, and ally behavior. (These lessons, including a student-requested section titled Words Can Hurt, also help give participants the chance to discuss recent experiences with hate.)

3) More Specific Anti-Hate Lessons on specific forms of hate needing attention in specific communities.

Jump in where it works: choose lessons that fit your school’s needs, your curriculum, and your student relationships.

We suggest you end every #USvsHate lesson by inviting students to create anti-hate messaging in any media. 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.)

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