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    • Coal, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Mountaintop Removal (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Coal, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Mountaintop Removal

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 15 pages.
      A lesson examining the motives, goals, and environmental consequences of the coal mining industry.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Environment & Food | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • ‘Don’t Take Our Voices Away’: A Role Play on the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change (Lesson) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • ‘Don’t Take Our Voices Away’: A Role Play on the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change

    • Teaching Activity. By Julie Treick O’Neill and Tim Swinehart. 16 pages.
      A role play on the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change asks students to develop a list of demands to present to the rest of the world at a climate change meeting.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Environment & Food, Native American, Pacific Islander, Science, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • Five Years After the Levees Broke: Bearing Witness Through Poetry (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Five Years After the Levees Broke: Bearing Witness Through Poetry

    • Teaching Activity. By Renée Watson. 7 pages.
      A teacher’s reflection on the power of poetry to spark critical discussion and reflection on current issues of inequality surrounding disaster response in the United States.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: African American, Art & Music, Environment & Food, Language Arts, Laws & Citizen Rights, Media, Racism & Racial Identity |
    • Greed as a Weapon: Teaching the Other Iraq War (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Greed as a Weapon: Teaching the Other Iraq War

    • Teaching Activity. By Adam Sanchez. 14 pages.
      A role play investigating the economic consequences of the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Economics, Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Paradise Lost: Introducing Students to Climate Change Through Story (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Paradise Lost: Introducing Students to Climate Change Through Story

    • Teaching Activity. By Brady Bennon. 7 pages.
      A high school humanities teacher introduces students to the human cost of climate change, building empathy for climate change refugees like those in the island nation of Kiribati.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Environment & Food, Pacific Islander | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Plotting Inequalities, Building Resistance: High School Students Use Math to Reflect on Social Inequality (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Plotting Inequalities, Building Resistance: High School Students Use Math to Reflect on Social Inequality

    • Teaching Activity. By Adam Renner, Bridget Brew, and Crystal Proctor. 5 pages.
      An article describing how math teachers in a San Francisco high school shed light on the ways economics and racism affect education, housing, and job opportunities.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: African American, Economics, Latino, Math, Social Class | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Line of demonstrators at Standing Rock. Image: Barbara Miner | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Standing with Standing Rock: A Role Play on the Dakota Access Pipeline

    • Article by Ursula Wolfe-Rocca. Teaching activity by Ursula Wolfe-Rocca, Bill Bigelow, and Andrew Duden. 15 pages.
      A role play that helps students recognize the issues at stake in the historic struggle of the Standing Rock Sioux to block construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Environment & Food, Imperialism, Native American, Organizing |
    • Stealing Home: Eminent Domain, Urban Renewal, and the Loss of Community (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Stealing Home: Eminent Domain, Urban Renewal, and the Loss of Community

    • Teaching Activity. By Linda Christensen. 9 pages.
      Teaching about patterns of displacement and wealth inequality through the history of Chávez Ravine and the building of Dodger Stadium.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, 20th Century, 21st Century | Themes: African American, Economics, Latino, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity, Social Class | Reading Levels: High School
    • Tè Tremblé: An Unnatural Disaster: A Trial Role Play Probes the Roots of Devastation in Haiti (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Tè Tremblé: An Unnatural Disaster: A Trial Role Play Probes the Roots of Devastation in Haiti

    • Teaching Activity. By Adam Sanchez. 12 pages.
      A trial role play asks students to question the role played by the U.S. government and other international actors in the 2010 earthquake.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Whose "Terrorism"?

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 11 pages.
      Using scenarios based on real situations, this lesson helps middle and high school students examine the definition of terrorism and the use of the term terrorism in the media and U.S. foreign policy.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Bush II and the "War on Terror"

    • Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olson-Raymer. 18 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 24 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on George W. Bush, the “War on Terror,” Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Patriot Act.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • Camouflaged: Investigating How the U.S. Military Affects You and Your Community

    • Teaching Guide. Edited by Edwin Mayorga, Bree Picower, and Seth Rader. 2008. 188 pages.
      Tool for educators to help adolescents explore the role of the military in their lives and in their communities.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • Teaching About the Wars (Teaching Guide) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Teaching About the Wars

    • Teaching Guide. Edited by Jody Sokolower. 2013. 132 pages.
      A collection of Rethinking Schools articles and lessons for K-12 on U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan and the Middle East.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: 20th Century, 21st Century | Themes: US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements |
    • Teaching the Levees

    • Website with teaching guide. 2007.
      Classroom resources on Hurricane Katrina.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Environment & Food, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: High School
    • Workplace Issues and Collective Bargaining in the Classroom

    • Teaching Guide. By Linda Tubach and Patty Litwin. 2008.
      A role play and simulation curriculum on labor relations for Secondary Social Studies.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Labor | Reading Levels: High School
    • Bob Herbert on Nelson Mandela: 1918–2013

    • Article. Bob Herbert. Jacobin Magazine. 2013.
      A critique of the “feel good” and “sentimental stick figure” mis-representations of Nelson Mandela and Dr. King in mass media.

    • Resource Types: Articles | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Media, Racism & Racial Identity |
    • The Koch Brothers Sneak into School

    • Article. By Bill Bigelow. 2014. If We Knew Our History Series.
      The Koch brothers spend hundreds of millions of dollars buying politicians who support their fossil fuel interests. This exposé shows how the Kochs also funnel millions to influence the social studies curriculum.

    • Resource Types: Articles | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Education | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • Time to Abolish Columbus Day

    • Article. By Bill Bigelow. 2015. If We Knew Our History Series.
      When the school curriculum celebrates Columbus, children are taught that it’s OK for white people to rule over peoples of color and that militarily powerful nations can bully weaker nations. By his own account, Columbus enslaved people, destroyed cultures, and terrorized those who challenged his rule. It’s time to abolish Columbus Day.

    • Resource Types: Articles | Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764, 21st Century | Themes: African American, Imperialism, Native American |
    • Moral Monday March, 2013. Image: twbuckner/Flickr
    • What Happened to the Civil Rights Movement After 1965? Don’t Ask Your Textbook

    • Article. By Adam Sanchez. If We Knew Our History series. 2016.
      Too often, students are taught that the Civil Rights Movement ended in 1965 with passage of the Voting Rights Act. It didn’t. Adam Sanchez argues that it is essential to teach the long, grassroots history of the Civil Rights Movement in order to help students think about today’s movements for racial justice.

    • Resource Types: Articles | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 19th Century, 2001 - Present, 20th Century, 21st Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Organizing | Reading Levels: High School
    • “All the Real Indians Died Off”: And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • "All the Real Indians Died Off": And 20 Other Myths about Native Americans

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker. 2016. 224 pages.
      Deconstructs persistent myths about American Indians rooted in fear and prejudice—an astute and lively primer of European-Indian relations.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century, 21st Century, All US History | Themes: Native American | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir

    • Book – Non-fiction and prose. Deborah A. Miranda. 2012. 240 pages.
      A compilation of documents, photos, and memoir that recounts the establishment of missions in California and the impact on Indigenous people—then and today.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century, 21st Century | Themes: Education, Imperialism, Native American, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: Adult
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