Teaching People’s History

All of Teaching for Change’s work has a focus on people’s history, including our selection of children’s books, our Central America campaign, and our publications and related professional development, Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching and Beyond Heroes and Holidays. Our Zinn Education Project, a joint effort with Rethinking Schools, is dedicated to providing teachers […]

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25 Years of Teaching for Change

Founded in 1990, Teaching for Change is celebrating 25 years of providing teachers and parents with tools to create schools where students learn to read, write, and change the world. Here we share highlights from Teaching for Change’s 25 year history of preparing curriculum and resources for teaching outside the textbook on critical issues, developing and implementing an […]

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Central America: An Introductory Lesson

While the histories of the United States and Central America have been intertwined for centuries, Central America is invisible in most U. S. textbooks and curriculum. This lesson is designed to introduce students to key issues and events in Central American history through brief biographical sketches of key twentieth-century figures. It is a “meet and greet” activity where […]

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Lessons on the Civil Rights Movement

Here are lessons that we recommend for use before and/or after the Stepping into Selma lesson to place the freedom struggle in Selma within the larger context of the Civil Rights Movement and the long struggle for human rights and full democracy in the United States.   Go to Teaching About Selma page for more lessons and related […]

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Fellows, Interns, and Volunteers – Bios

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About Selma These films focus on the freedom movement in Selma.   Other Civil Rights Movement Stories Here is a list of many more films on the Civil Rights Movement, recommended for the classroom.   Oral History Interviews These people played an active role during the Selma freedom movement.   National Visionary Leadership Project  

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Youth Organizing

In making the connection from Selma to today, check out the resources below and Teaching About Ferguson.   Websites Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution Black Lives Matter hh What Kids Can Do IndyKids jj Youth4Justice School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL)   Films Precious Knowledge Mighty Times: The Children’s March   Books Catch the […]

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Selma in Pictures: Socratic Seminar

By Lynda Tredway In a media driven age, visual images often provide access to important events and political struggles that may be more immediately accessible to students than written texts. At the same time, these images can offer a venue for the development of critical literacy. Images are also useful for differentiating instruction and exposing […]

Selma Freedom Movement Role Play Bios

These brief bios are written in first person for use in the role play Stepping Into Selma: Voting Rights History and Legacy Today. The text in quotes reflects the person’s actual words, the rest is paraphrased. Sources used to write the bio and for further learning are provided after each entry. Go to Teaching About […]

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