Teaching Activity. By Wayne Au. 3 pages.
Lesson for high school students on the bombing of Hiroshima using the film Barefoot Gen and haiku.
Teaching Activity. By Willow McCormick.
An elementary school teacher connects the Civil Rights Movement to students’ family history by asking their grandparents to share their memories of the Movement.
Teaching Activity. Zinn Education Project. 21 pages.
Two lessons to introduce key facts about the Vietnam War and the Pentagon Papers, documents that provide essential history that is often ignored by textbooks.
Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow.
A role play on the history of the Vietnam War that is left out of traditional textbooks.
Teaching Activity. By S.J. Childs.
The author describes how she introduces students to the classic 1953 film, Salt of the Earth, about a miners’ strike in New Mexico.
Teaching Activity. By Linda Christensen.
Teaching about patterns of displacement and wealth inequality through the history of Chávez Ravine and the building of Dodger Stadium.
Teaching Activity. By the Zinn Education Project. 100 pages.
Eight lessons about the Vietnam War, Daniel Ellsberg, the Pentagon Papers, and whistleblowing.
Teaching Activity. By Doug Sherman.
The author describes how he uses biographies and film to introduce students to the role of people involved in the Civil Rights Movement beyond the familiar heroes. He emphasizes the role and experiences of young people in the Movement.
“Why Is This the Only Place in Portland I See Black People?”: Teaching Young Children About Redlining
Teaching Activity. By Katharine Johnson. 10 pages.
An elementary school teacher introduces the history of redlining through a role play designed for 1st and 2nd graders.
Teaching Guide. Edited by Rethinking Schools. 2004.
Analysis and teaching ideas on school desegregation.
Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olson-Raymer.
Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 16 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on domestic opposition to the “good war” and the impact of McCarthyism.
Article. By Alison Kysia. 2013.
History of a little-known student resistance movement against McCarthyism and censorship.
Article. By Dave Zirin.
Dave Zirin describes how 42 limits the story to a tale of “individual triumph through singular greatness,” ignoring the social movements and broader context of the time.
Book – Non-fiction. By Carl Mirra. Foreword by Howard Zinn. 2010.
Story of Staughton Lynd, one of the most visible figures of the New Left, from 1945-1970.
Book – Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn. 2010.
Zinn’s personal reflections and political analysis on the WWII bombing of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Royan, and more.
Book – Non-fiction. By Phillip Hoose. 2010. 160 pages.
The story of Claudette Colvin, a teenager who refused to give up her seat in the year leading up to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Book – Non-fiction. By Richard Rothstein. 2017.
A history of the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments that promoted racial segregation.
Book – Non-fiction. Edited by Stewart Burns 1997. 392 pages.
A documentary history of the Montgomery bus boycott that reverberates with the voices of those closest to the boycott.
Book – Non-fiction. By Russell Freedman. 2006. 114 pages.
Written for middle school, the story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, in which Rosa Parks played a role but was not the sole hero.
Book – Non-fiction. Edited by Leslie G. Kelen. 2012. 256 pages.
Presents the Civil Rights Movement through the work of nine activist photographers who lived within the movement and documented its activities by focusing on the student activists and local people who together made it happen.