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 inclusion.
See tabs for our three lesson lists:
Students are then invited to create anti-hate messages (hand-drawn or digital posters; poems, essays, spoken word, performances, letters to the editor, or other media) for their school communities that will do the following:
- explicitly address, explore, and refuse racism, xenophobia, homophobia, Islamophobia, sexism, or other hate forms in schools;
- communicate that people across lines of difference contribute to our communities, regions, and nation;
- bust a myth about a “type of” kid too often misrepresented;
- ask peers to treat peers kindly and respectfully so schools stay safe for learning.
We asked a national group of participating organizations to share one or more “top” lessons designed to “spark a classroom dialogue about 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.
We have organized #USvsHate lessons into three sections. We hope that you might go beyond a single lesson to a short series of lessons:
1) Community Building Activities setting norms and building inclusive relationships. (***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 needing attention in specific communities.
Jump in 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 on the issues raised. Join our community for ongoing support!
We suggest you end any #USvsHate lesson by inviting students to create anti-hate messaging in any media. Schools can display these messages via school walls, activities or websites.
Any such student products (in any media) can be sent to #USvsHate at any time for broader sharing via our website and social media.SUBMIT HERE
Twice a year, winning entries in an #USvsHate contest will be amplified nationally via our website and social media, and also made into free posters and stickers for participating classrooms! (see Getting Started for instructions and dates.)