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 about valuing all members of each classroom and our diverse society. We’re using Teaching Tolerance’s Social Justice standards, which invite students to explore issues of identity, diversity, justice and action.
You do not have to use #USvsHate lessons to submit anti-hate messages to our contest. Whatever lessons you use, build on what you are already teaching!
Students are then invited to create anti-hate messages in any media for their school communities and the broader public. (Messages can be hand-drawn or digital images, to become posters or stickers or shared digitally; poems, essays, spoken word; performances or public actions documented in photographs or on video; letters to the editor; public service announcements, videos, or other media.) See Getting Started for more instructions.
We have organized #USvsHate lessons into two sections. We hope that you might go beyond a single lesson to a short series of lessons, and then, longer-term learning:
These lessons help build inclusive relationships, start to challenge stereotypes, and explore overarching issues of empathy, bias, bullying, and ally behavior. A student-requested section titled Saying No to Words That Hurt will also help give students the chance to discuss recent experiences with hate. Put together, they prompt ideas for valuing all members of any diverse community. Definitely start here if the people in your group don’t really know each other yet.
These lessons build a stronger foundation to explore and refuse specific forms of hate, bias, and inequality needing attention in specific communities and the nation. Treat each lesson as an onramp to ongoing learning about pursuing inclusion and justice for all in our diverse schools and society!
Start where it works: choose lessons that fit your school’s needs, your curriculum, your preparation, 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. Sign up to learn more with our contributing organizations via ongoing resources and trainings. Join our community for ongoing support!
After you teach, invite students to create #USvsHate anti-hate messaging in any media. (See Getting Started for instructions and contest dates.)
ABOUT OUR LESSONS
We asked a national group of participating organizations to share one or more “top” lessons designed to spark a classroom dialogue refusing hate and pursuing inclusion in our diverse societty. 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.