Teaching the past and present to explore civic engagement

Without endorsing a particular point of view or policy, teachers can focus on this moment of student activism as a case study in social change and civic participation writ large. The role of young people in pivotal moments like the U.S. Civil Rights Movement offers another entry point for thinking about the power and potential of youth voice.

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Suggested lesson plans from Facing History and Ourselves:

After Parkland, Student Choose to Participate

Strategies for Making a Difference

Reflection and Action for Civic Participation

Four lessons about nonviolence as a tool for social change, with a focus on the U.S. Civil Rights Movement