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How Much Have You Learned About Black History?

How Much Have You Learned About Black History?

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In “How Negro History Week Became Black History Month and Why It Matters Now,” Veronica Chambers and Jamiel Law tell the story about how Black History Month came to be:Black History Month has been celebrated in the United States for close to 100 years. But what is it, exactly, and how did it begin?In the…
How Excited Are You About the Metaverse?

How Excited Are You About the Metaverse?

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The term “metaverse” is everywhere.On Tuesday, Microsoft cited the so-called metaverse as a reason for acquiring the game developer Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion, saying the deal would provide “building blocks for the metaverse.” Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has also bet on the metaverse and renamed his social networking company Meta. Google has worked on…
Film Club: ‘Think About the Beautiful Future Ahead’

Film Club: ‘Think About the Beautiful Future Ahead’

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4. Next, join the conversation by clicking on the comment button and posting in the box that opens on the right. (Students 13 and older are invited to comment, although teachers of younger students are welcome to post what their students have to say.)5. After you have posted, try reading back to see what others…
Are You Optimistic About the Future?

Are You Optimistic About the Future?

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Will today’s children be better off financially than their parents?What do you think is the most important factor in determining success?Do you think the world is becoming better?What is the best part of being a young person today?These are just a few of the questions asked in a new global survey of 15- to 24-year-olds.…
When Talking About Identity, How Much Do Words Matter?

When Talking About Identity, How Much Do Words Matter?

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Language has always had power. Words can hurt, offend and provoke, but they can also empower, uplift and inspire. They can even change culture. Language has always evolved, and that is certainly true for language related to race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality.Words and terms like BIPOC, P.O.C., she/her, he/him, they/them, nonbinary, LGBTQIA+, antiracism, white privilege…
What Do You Dream About Now?

What Do You Dream About Now?

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Do you remember your dreams most nights? Have you noticed a change in the kinds of dreams you have had during the pandemic?In “An Almanac of Covid Dreams,” Hannah K. Lee illustrates some of the dreams that thousands of people shared on Twitter at the height of the pandemic in 2020:Students, read the entire article,…
How Do You Feel About Tattoos?

How Do You Feel About Tattoos?

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Do you like tattoos? Would you like to get one someday? What design would you get? And how do you think the people in your life — your parents, your friends — would feel about it?But what if the tattoo you got would fade away in about a year? Would that change your mind about…
Learning About Latin American and Hispanic Culture and History Through Music

Learning About Latin American and Hispanic Culture and History Through Music

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How can music represent a mix of cultures? What role does music play in our diverse identities? How can music reveal complex histories? These are some of the questions explored by the short lesson plans below as they spotlight three examples of music from Latin America.In the first lesson, students delve into reggaeton and its…
What Students Said About Vaccine Mandates, Nostalgia And Beachside Bliss

What Students Said About Vaccine Mandates, Nostalgia And Beachside Bliss

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As a Californian, the Los Angeles vaccine mandate comes as no surprise; my own school district has followed rigorous mask and social distancing policies that don’t look to be letting up soon. There is no question to me that increased practices of public health safety are crucial in tamping down the coronavirus. I worry, however,…
Five Ways to Learn About Juneteenth With The New York Times

Five Ways to Learn About Juneteenth With The New York Times

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Students in U.S. high schools can get free digital access to The New York Times until Sept. 1, 2021.Are you looking for ways for your students to learn more about Juneteenth? Below we offer five teaching ideas for exploring the holiday and its significance via a variety of media, including photographs, recipes, art and a…

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