In #USvsHate, teachers teach a lesson of choice (ideally, a short series of lessons) from a national group of partner organizations, and spark a classroom dialogue against hate and for inclusion.
Students are then invited to create anti-hate messages in any media (hand-drawn or digital images, to become posters or stickers or shared digitally; poems, essays, spoken word, performances, letters to the editor, videos, or other media) for their school communities and the broader public. See Getting Started for more instructions.
We have organized #USvsHate lessons into three sections. We hope that you might go beyond a single lesson to a short series of lessons, and then, longer-term learning:
1) Community Building Activities setting norms, building inclusive relationships, and starting to challenge stereotypes. (***Definitely start here if the people in your group don’t really know each other yet.)
2) Foundational Anti-Hate Lessons exploring overarching issues of hate and bias, bullying, stereotypes, and ally behavior. (These lessons, including a student-requested section titled Words Can Hurt, also help give participants the chance to discuss recent experiences with hate.)
3) More Specific Anti-Hate Lessons on specific forms of hate, bias, and inequality needing attention in specific communities.
Start where it works: choose lessons that fit your school’s needs, your curriculum, and your student relationships. Treat this as one step on a longer learning journey equipping yourself and your students on the issues raised. Check out The Thinking Behind #USvsHate to consider what we’re trying to accomplish together.
- Before you teach, review each lesson page for prep suggestions. Check out our Dialogue Tips and deeper resources for professional development as well!
- After you teach, invite students to create #USvsHate anti-hate messaging in any media. (See Getting Started for instructions and contest dates.)
- Then, sign up to learn more with our contributing organizations. Join our community for ongoing support!
ABOUT OUR LESSONS
We asked a national group of participating organizations to share one or more “top” lessons designed to spark a classroom dialogue against hate and for inclusion. These include Teaching Tolerance, Facing History and Ourselves, the Anti-Defamation League, the Bully Project, the Human Rights Campaign’s Welcoming Schools, the American Federation of Teachers, including the AFT’s “Share My Lesson,” Zinn Education Project/Rethinking Schools, Teaching for Change, the National Education Association, the National Association for Multicultural Education, GLSEN, the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, Not In Our Town/Not In Our School, and the New York Times Learning Network, as well as #Schooltalking, the overall supporter of the #USvsHate project. Sign up with each organization for ongoing learning opportunities!SUBMISSION INFO