Students read and discuss stories featuring children with an incarcerated parent, then take action to find solutions to some of the challenges these children face.
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Students explore reporting on the Yemeni war and consider: What forms can war take, and how does it affect civilians directly and indirectly? How can journalists report on a conflict well?
Students evaluate two broadcast stories on the battle for land in the Brazilian Amazon in order to craft arguments about how they think land in the Amazon should be used.
Students read solutions journalism that explains the problems with volunteer travel and offers positive alternatives in order to develop their own opinion pieces on the purpose and ethics of travel.
This lesson looks at a story about refugees who are reckoning with religion and identity while during Ramadan and explores concepts of home, community, and tradition.
Students write ekphrastic poems based on powerful photographs. They explore the stories photos tell, make personal connections to them, and amplify under-represented voices including their own.
Students create blackout poems to highlight themes explored in texts about the experiences of indigenous communities in North America.
This lesson introduces students to some of the ways people around the world are fighting climate change in their own communities, and challenges them to take action themselves.
Students are invited to submit poems on peace and conflict to the Fighting Words Poetry Contest. The attached workshop guides teachers and students in how to craft a successful entry.
This lesson plan uses resources about women around the world leading nonviolent movements to fight against violence and injustice.
Students will do a deep dive into the lives of the people whose stories they hear about in the news and will develop a deeper understanding on how one individual can have a global impact.
In this project, students explore how we are connected with people across the globe and dive deep into one specific item of their choice to research an issue connected to it.