Teaching Materials

Critical Media Literacy in the 2.0

By Jesse Gainer This column is dedicated to the memory of Howard Zinn, who passed away this year at the age of 87. Zinn’s life and work — an unwavering pursuit of justice through focused attention on the marginalized and the oppressed — inspired countless people across the world. Zinn’s work highlighted what traditionally is... Read more »
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Films with a Conscience

Article. The films listed below are ones that can help students gain insights into how the world works. Many of these also alert students to how individuals and social movements have tried to make life better.
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Here We Go Again, Another State Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Ban Book

A member of Arkansas’s House of Representatives wants Howard Zinn’s A People History of the United States removed from the shelves of public and charter schools. According to the Independent, more than 250 Arkansas teachers have signed up for the Zinn Education Project—an initiative to have Zinn’s work taught in primary and secondary schools—to take advantage of the history... Read more »
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How Are Educators Rethinking U.S. History Education?

As the uprisings for racial justice continue through the summer, they are shedding light on just how much our classrooms whitewash U.S. history and leave out important narratives of Black and Indigenous people, and other histories of people of color. Over the last few weeks, some people, particularly white people, are now realizing they weren’t... Read more »
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How Black Lives Matter Is Changing What Students Learn During Black History Month

Seven states launched commissions designed to oversee state mandates to teach black history in public schools in recent years, and Illinois requires public colleges and universities to offer black history courses. To meet the rising demand for resources, at least six Black History textbooks are on the market, as well as lesson plans on websites including Teaching Tolerance, Teaching for Change, Zinn... Read more »
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Howard Zinn on A People’s History of the United States

Harper Perennial and The Zinn Education Project are pleased to present a conversation with Howard Zinn on A People’s History of the United States. The Zinn Education Project has solicited questions from teachers through their website, https://zinnedproject.org. Bill Bigelow, a teacher and writer, will present these questions to Professor Zinn for discussion. During the last... Read more »
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Teaching US History with Howard Zinn

By Richard Byrne A People’s History of the United States is frequently used by US History teachers in my school and in schools around the country because Zinn tells the history of the United States in a story that it is often different from that told in textbooks. A People’s History of the United States... Read more »
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Upgrade Your Lesson Plans with These 5 Online Resources

Lesson planning is an art. A good lesson requires a fine balance of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS), creativity, student buy in — and, of course, content. While public perception can reduce the role of teachers to mere conveyers of information — as if knowledge is spread through osmosis — the actual process of creating an engaging, innovative,... Read more »
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Arizona Teacher Embodies Educational Spirit of Howard Zinn

Tucson’s Mexican American Studies Director Sean Arce Wins National Zinn Education Award By Jeff Biggers While the Daily Show brilliantly reminded millions of viewers last night of the disgraceful racist elements behind the attack on Tucson’s acclaimed and now outlawed Mexican American Studies program, educators across the nation recalled a teaching moment. Sean Arce was... Read more »
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Howard Zinn and Hockey Pucks

Ursula Wolfe-Rocca of the Zinn Education Project talks about her article “What Sam Wineburg Gets Wrong About Teaching Howard Zinn’s A People’s History” and shares examples of the Zinn Education Project’s curriculum and pedagogy.
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A Kojo Climate Series: Hope And Action

Middle school teacher Lesley Younge was a featured guest on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on climate change. She noted, “I was teaching about early American history through an indigenous perspective. And we came up with the idea of teaching climate change through indigenous perspectives as a project. And we were able to incorporate the materials... Read more »
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The People Spoke and They Need to Speak Again

By Alan Singer As a social studies teacher, a political activist, and a historian, I am a big fan of Howard Zinn, and I very much enjoyed watching The People Speak on the History Channel Sunday night. Well-known and not so well-known actors read speeches, letters, and other primary source documents from the history of... Read more »
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