Lesson Plans

Gun Violence and Next-Generation Coalitions

By looking through the lens of Columbine, consider ways to address school safety and empower citizens through coalition building.

Securing Our Freedoms Beyond the Bill of Rights

Compare and contrast Norman Rockwell’s “Four Freedoms” posters with rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, then consider additional freedoms or rights that should be secured.

Freedom of the Press, Censorship, and Sedition

How can the First Amendment, the Sedition Act of 1798, and a political cartoon from the 1970s inform your view of the relevance of freedom of the press over time and today?

The Scientific Method, School Shootings, and Civic Action

Through an exploration of the history of school safety in the U.S., experience the connection between methods of scientific analysis and civic engagement. Generate questions, draw conclusions, and develop a plan to use data for civic action.

Graphing Bullying Data to Create Change

Investigate national bullying definitions and statistics, creating graphs from the data, and use the knowledge gained to create and implement a school poll on bullying. Then use the poll data to draft a civic action plan to stop bullying.

Dolores Huerta: Building Coalitions to Affect Change

Through analysis of primary sources, including poetry, explore the experiences of Mexican-American farmworkers over time and under the leadership of Dolores Huerta and the United Farm Workers. Then create your own coalition-building poem.

Selma & Voting Rights: Standing Up for Equality

Analyze primary sources to discover a story of citizens shaping and sustaining our democracy through civic action and contemplate the import and impact of citizens who strive for equality.

Vaccinations, Science, and the Law

Explore the role of science in informing public policy and experience the challenges of decision-making about vaccinations in the United States.

Gerrymandering: Voting by Numbers

Apply ratios and proportions to the political issue of voting districts and gerrymandering, then solve problems of fair representation and role play to devise solutions.

Electoral College: Are All Votes Equal?

Apply mathematical percentages to evaluate how population impacts presidential elections, then consider the current relevance of the Electoral College.