Teaching Materials

Teaching About the Wars (Teaching Guide) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Teaching About the Wars

Teaching Guide. Edited by Jody Sokolower. 132 pages. 2013. Rethinking Schools. A collection of Rethinking Schools articles and lessons for K-12 on U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan and the Middle East.
Time Periods: 20th Century, 21st Century
Themes: US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Teaching Social Activism in Prison: The Leap Manifesto and Incarcerated Youth

Article. By Rachel Boccio. Rethinking Schools, Winter 2018. A Connecticut educator who taught English to incarcerated young men for 20 years describes what happened when she introduced her students to the Canadian “Leap Manifesto.”
Time Periods: 21st Century
Themes: Climate Justice, Criminal Justice & Incarceration, Civil Rights Movements, Organizing
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Timeline on the Civil War and Abolition

Student Handout. By Bill Bigelow. This timeline can be used as a resource for lessons on the Civil War, President Lincoln, the 54th Regiment, and the end of slavery.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: African American, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery and Resistance, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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The Voting Rights Act: Ten Things You Should Know

Article. By Emilye Crosby and Judy Richardson. 2015. Key points in the history of the 1965 Voting Rights Act missing from most textbooks.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity
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What War Looks Like (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

What War Looks Like

Article. By Howard Zinn. 2002. Background reading for teachers and high school students on the impact of war.
Time Periods: All US History
Themes: Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Whitewashing Our First President

Article. By Clarence Lusane. 2014. Critical review of an upper elementary non-fiction book about George Washington and the people he kept in bondage.
Time Periods: Revolution & Constitution: 1765 - 1799
Themes: African American, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery and Resistance
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Whom Will We Honor Memorial Day?

Article. By Howard Zinn. 1976. Essay urging readers to rethink Memorial Day, who we honor, and what resources we prioritize.
Themes: Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Why I’m Rooting for Tommy Lee Jones

Article. By William Katz. 2013. An opportunity to highlight Congressman Thaddeus Stevens' fight for equality.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876
Themes: Slavery and Resistance
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The Women Who Gave Us Christmas

Article. By William Loren Katz. 2010. The abolitionist influence on the history of Christmas celebrations in the United States.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849
Themes: Slavery and Resistance, Women's History
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On the Road to Voting Rights: Freedom Day in Selma, 1963

Article. By Howard Zinn. Excerpt from Chapter 5 of You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train. Howard Zinn’s first-hand account of Selma’s Freedom Day in 1963.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity, Social Class
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101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History

Book – Non-fiction. By Michele Bollinger and Dao Tran. 2012. A collection of 101 brief and accessible profiles of rebels, radicals, and fighters for social justice.
Time Periods: All US History
Themes: African American, Asian American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Disability, Immigration, Labor, Language Arts, Latinx, LGBTQ, Media, Native American, Organizing, Pacific Islander, Racism & Racial Identity, Social Class, Women's History
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1919

Book — Non-fiction. By Eve L. Ewing. 96 pages. 2019. Poetic reflections on the Chicago Race Riots of 1919 — part of 'Red Summer' — in a history told through Ewing's speculative and Afrofuturist lenses.
Time Periods: 20th Century, World War I: 1910 - 1919, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: African American, Art & Music, Racism & Racial Identity
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