Lessons Adapted for Online Teaching

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Teaching for Change and our Zinn Education Project (with Rethinking Schools) have adapted several lessons for remote instruction.

We highly recommend reading Ursula Wolfe-Rocca’s article Teaching ZEP Lessons Remotely: Recommitting to the Why — If Not the How — of Our Pedagogy before trying any of these adapted lessons. As Wolfe-Rocca explains,

Our lessons — trials, role plays, reading, writing, viewing, and discussion activities — have at their heart a belief that students should be given opportunities to interject themselves into history, to comment and act on, not just passively receive, the past and the present. The tools — whether pencil and paper, a Zoom breakout room, or a Flipgrid video — that best safeguard those democratic opportunities are the ones we recommend.

What follows are modest suggestions — modest in two ways. First, they do not require a great deal of technological know-how and are widely available; we only suggest tools that take little time for educators to learn, are relatively intuitive for students, and are free or commonly adopted by public schools. Second, we are not experts in remote-education and we know many of you will likely surpass — creatively and ingeniously — these suggestions in your own classrooms. These recommendations are more like invitations — invitations to hold fast to your belief in the power of people’s history as you innovate, experiment, fail, learn, and discover how to teach  during a pandemic.

Teaching for Change Lessons

Resistance 101: A Lesson on Social Justice Activists and Strategies

A lesson to introduce students to people throughout U.S. history, including many young people, who fought for social justice and civic change using a range of strategies. We have created a template to help teachers facilitate this mixer activity remotely during distance learning.

Central America: An Introductory Lesson

This lesson introduces students to key people in Central American history through a short interactive, introductory activity. To support remote instruction, we have created a role assignment template for educators.

Geography is History: Locate the Countries of Central America

This interactive map lesson provides students with clues based on the history and geography of Central America so that they can find and remember the location of each country. To support remote instruction, we have created a role assignment template for educators.

Zinn Education Project Lessons

Find suggestions for adapting many ZEP lessons, including mixer role plays, trial role plays, making predictions, historical dilemmas, and more, at the end of Wolfe-Rocca’s article Teaching ZEP Lessons Remotely: Recommitting to the Why — If Not the How — of Our Pedagogy. The lessons there with an * have handouts prepped for remote access via Google Docs.

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Posted Tuesday, December 1, 2020 |

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