“I started the hashtag for a very simple reason: I know that in these situations a common reaction by educators is, ‘What should I say? Where do I even begin? I also know that lots of educators are on Twitter – and they look to the platform to connect and learn. So I wanted to create a way to crowdsource resources that would help them begin to explore the historical underpinnings of white supremacy and use the materials to help bring context and clarity to Saturday’s events in Virginia — so they could carry that back to their classrooms and schools.
Activities meet the following objectives:Essential questionsMaterialsPencil and paper
Internet accessVocabularyhate |hāt|
(noun) A strong feeling of dislike.
(verb) To strongly dislike.crime |krīm|
(noun) An act or behavior that breaks a law. A crime is usually punished by a fine or prison time.law |lô|
(noun) A rule that helps keep order within a society.legislation |ˌlejəˈslā sh ən|
(noun) A law or laws passed by a government body.ProcedureReading/Language Arts/ELL
1. The word “hate” is a strong one. But we often use it in a casual way. Think about the times you have used it to describe your reaction to something.Social Studies
1. As a class, brainstorm examples of rules that you live by every day — at home, school and in your community. Discuss some reasons for these rules or laws. (Examples might be traffic laws intended to keep drivers safe, school rules that help keep students and teachers focused on learning, or laws in your community that protect its citizens from others who might harm them.)Within each group, take notes on the information needed for your group’s presentation.POLITICAL CARTOON
Reprinted with permission. Teachers may purchase individual cartoons for lesson plans at PoliticalCartoons.com.In this editorial cartoon, artist Daryl Cagle depicts a group of students expressing “hate” for an undisclosed group of people. In pairs or small groups, discuss:External LinksRelated ResourcesLESSONThis lesson leads students to analyze the nature of hate and explore legislation that addresses hate crimes.