Students analyze text-based reporting and engage with what happens when communities decide to stop relying on private companies to run correctional institutions
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A lesson plan for close reading and guided discussion of Bryan Stevenson's essay for The 1619 Project, which traces the legacy of slavery in the contemporary criminal justice system.
Students analyze reporting recounting a North Korean woman and her children's journey to a new life in South Korea, understand the factors that pushed her to flee, and encounter challenges she faced.
Students explore the effects of climate change on the identities, homes, and livelihoods of communities living in the Great Lakes region.
Students analyze reporting about Alaska Native women in Nome who are fighting to end impunity for sexual assault, and dive deeper into women's rights advocacy around the world.
Students explore reporting about four Black Americans' decisions to 'repatriate' to Ghana, analyze their motivations, and make connections between Black History figures and current events.
Students learn about sickle cell disease and the first teen to undergo an experimental new treatment, while also exploring issues of chronic illness and access to medical care more broadly.
Students explore reporting on civil asset forfeiture (the seizure of property police believe is connected to a crime), evaluate perspectives on "policing for profit," and make local connections.
Students explore reporting on Indigenous youth activism in the Amazon, analyze the causes of plastic pollution, and consider how they can make a difference in reducing waste in their own communities.
Students learn about the techniques and value of oral history by looking at examples used in reporting, and developing their own projects by connecting historical events to their own community.
Students learn about how gold from illegal mines in Colombia winds up in American electronics, and the violence, labor conditions, and environmental consequences that result from this trade.
In this lesson, students evaluate audio and print reporting on the long-term causes and effects of family migration from rural Guatemala.