Facing History and Ourselves offers a lesson that challenges students’ assumptions with curiosity. In the lesson, students practice being thoughtful about fellow citizens’ values, identities, and perspectives by reflecting on a video featuring voices of young people from across the country. The lesson, which takes two 50-minute class periods, is designed to help students move beyond the assumptions they may make about others and become more perceptive, thoughtful, and curious about their fellow citizens. It can serve as a preliminary step in a project that engages students in dialogue with young people in other schools and regions.
The Pop History Dig is a magazine-styled website with more than 250 stories that cover a range of topics, often focusing on the history and power of popular culture. One goal of the site is to use the visibility of popular culture—its music, film, literature, and famous personalities—to engage readers on topics ranging from civil rights history to the power of the entertainment industry.
The Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) mission is to end discrimination and fight for equity for all people. As part of this mission, ADL offers resources for teachers to address wide-ranging issues that touch on the topics of diversity and bias, such as bigotry, net neutrality, DACA and immigration, and conversations about race in a mostly white classroom.
A project of the Brooklyn Historical Society, Voices of Mixed Heritage: Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations is a free interdisciplinary curriculum designed for grades 6–12. Students and educators are invited to engage with the topic of mixed heritage and identity in the United States from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.