Teaching Materials

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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History Educators Respond to Trump: It Matters How We Tell the National Story

Social studies and history education organizations, and many teachers, criticized the president’s statements yesterday after he condemned history classes that include lessons on systemic racism for teaching what he called “lies” and “left-wing indoctrination.”… The Zinn Education Project, which offers lessons and professional development based on Zinn’s approach to history, also issued a statement saying that... Read more »
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History educator: Let’s teach as if democracy depends on it — because it does

President Trump’s recent call for “patriotic education” in American schools sparked sharp criticism from educators, historians and others who saw it as the latest assault by conservatives who believe that far-left history teachers are indoctrinating students into hating their country… Part of teaching history honestly is exposing students to a multitude of perspectives. As the Zinn Education... 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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Kesson: Contested histories

In 1980, historian Howard Zinn released “A People’s History of the United States,” a reader that became wildly popular in high schools across the country and sparked a revolution in the way that history is taught. Rather than putting students to sleep with factoids and timelines, teachers began to rely more on primary source materials,... Read more »
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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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Learning About Christopher Columbus By Putting Him on Trial

Last fall, teacher Michael Palermo called Columbus’s crew to the witness stand. Wilfredo Lopez Murcia, a student at Wakefield High School in Virginia, strolled to the front of the classroom, followed by classmate Jhonnatan Moya Miranda. “Hello, mates,” Wilfredo quipped, giving a short salute to his peers. Wilfredo and Jhonnatan were about to defend themselves... Read more »
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Teaching for Black Lives: 5 Questions with Jesse Hagopian

Jesse Hagopian is a high school teacher, a staff member of the Zinn Education Project, and an editor for Rethinking Schools magazine. He has edited and co-edited a number of books, including Teaching for Black Lives, Black Lives Matter at School: An Uprising for Educational Justice and More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against... 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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