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    • Michele Roberts, environmental justice coordinator | Zinn Education Project
    • The Big Red Dot of Environmental Racism

    • Teaching Activity. By Alma Anderson McDonald.
      A teacher looks back on her childhood to discover the meaning of environmental racism. Linda Christensen offers ways to teach about this story with students.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Economics, Environment & Food, Racism & Racial Identity |
    • Yup'ik village children preparing salmon | Zinn Education Project
    • Climate Change and School in a Yup’ik Fishing Village

    • Teaching Activity. By Jill Howdyshell.
      This article describes how climate change is hitting Indigenous communities in Alaska much harder than other places in the world. And yet, administrators still insist that school discussions should focus on student test scores.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Economics, Environment & Food, Native American |
    • 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 |
    • Aerial photo of mountaintop removal | Zinn Education Project
    • From Mountaintop Removal to Divestment

    • Teaching Activity. By Hannah Jones.
      The global movement to get institutions to divest from fossil fuels began with students. This article tells the inspiring story.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Economics, Environment & Food, Organizing |
    • 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

    • Teaching activity by Ursula Wolfe-Rocca, Bill Bigelow, and Andrew Duden. Article by Ursula Wolfe-Rocca. 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 |
    • 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
    • People’s Climate March, 2014 | Zinn Education Project
    • Teaching Blockadia: How the Movement Against Fossil Fuels Is Changing the World

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow, Adam Sanchez, and Tim Swinehart. 2018. 28 pages.
      A role-play activity engages students in building solidarity among different groups and organizations fighting fossil fuels and searching for alternatives.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Environment & Food | Reading Levels: High School
    • Street scene woodcut | Zinn Education Project
    • Teaching Sacrifice Zones

    • Teaching Activity. By Rosemarie Frascella.
      Our extractive fossil fuel-based economy has always demanded that some people’s homes and health be sacrificed for the benefit of more privileged and powerful others. This article explores how one teacher engages her students in thinking about how “sacrifice zones” play out in their lives.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Economics, Environment & Food, Immigration, Imperialism, Racism & Racial Identity, World History/Global Studies |
    • 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
    • Rethinking Globalization: Teaching for Justice in an Unjust World

    • Teaching Guide. Edited by Bill Bigelow and Bob Peterson. 2002. 402 pages.
      An extensive collection of readings and source material on critical global issues, plus teaching ideas, lesson plans, and rich collections of resources for classroom teachers. Published by Rethinking Schools.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 20th Century | Themes: Labor, US Foreign Policy, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, 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 |
    • Christopher Columbus: No Monuments for Murderers

    • Article. By Bill Bigelow. If We Knew Our History series. 2017.
      As the debate about taking down statues and monuments grows, we also need to challenge the fundamental structures of ownership, power, and privilege that have given us such a skewed constellation of heroes and holidays.

    • Resource Types: Articles | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 20th Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: Adult
    • Fighting for Okinawa — My Home, Not a Military Base

    • Article. By By Moé Yonamine. If We Knew Our History series. 2017.
      Despite the ongoing threat to cultural survival and island sovereignty caused by Japanese and U.S. military bases since WWII, Okinawans and their history are largely absent.

    • Resource Types: Articles | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Asian American, Environment & Food, Imperialism, US Foreign Policy |
    • 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
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