There are a wealth of teaching materials that can inspire educators and students during the pandemic. This month, I hope to highlight a few that have grabbed my attention and made me feel hopeful about the possibilities for teaching for social justice even in these strange times. The Zinn Education Project tops my list (especially appropriate for high school students):
Howard Zinn’s education work is highlighted in the contemporary teaching strategies shared on the Zinn Education Project Website. Based on the approach to history in his ground-breaking book A People’s History of the United States, their teaching materials aim to “emphasize the role of working people, women, people of color, and organized social movements in shaping history.” The website offers free, downloadable lessons and articles. I highly recommend the whole website, of course. The special section on teaching people’s history in the pandemic is particularly timely. They share two guides to teaching with film during the COVID-19 crisis, along with some strategies for using films with students. I also appreciated the list of podcasts that might be of interest to teens. You’ll also find the link to articles and one short video for teaching about the history of pandemics and the connection between climate change and the coronavirus. There’s much more; I urge you to check it out!