lessons on the movement and the issues behind it
Power of Strategic Nonviolent Action: STRATEGY FOR CHANGE
for high school (12/21/11)
Students consider nonviolence as a strategy for intentionally
building public support--in both in the Civil Rights Movement
(as expressed by Martin Luther King, Jr.) and in the Occupy movement.
of the Year: THE PROTESTER for grades 7-12)
nominate their own "person of the year"; read and discuss
Time magazine's article naming "the protester";
and write new captions for photos of the protesters.
CRISIS for high school (12/19/11)
The nation's total student debt load now exceeds $830 billion,
and the problem has touched off protests. Two student readings
explore the scope of the student debt crisis and some proposals
for dealing with it. Discussion questions follow each reading.
IN AMERICAN POLITICS: A key Occupy Wall Street issue
for high school (11/17/11)
Through two readings and class discussion, students think critically
about the effect of corporate campaign donations on our political
system and consider efforts to reform campaign finance.
An Assertive Approach to Conflict for
high school (11/8/11)
In this interactive workshop, students explore what escalates
and deescalates conflict, consider nonviolent action as an assertive
response to conflict, and learn about Occupy Wall Street's use
of nonviolence as a strategy.
DEMOCRACY in Occupy Wall Street & the Classroom
for grades 4-7 (10/27/11)
Students explore the meaning of democracy and how Occupy Wall
Street is using elements of democracy in their protests. Then
students think of and analyze ideas that might make their classroom
THIS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE? Considering
Occupy Wall Street's 'leaderless movement'
work in groups to come up with a definition of 'democracy,' then
read and discuss an article on Occupy Wall Street's decision-making
Why do we have them? Are they fair? for high
Students explore the question of taxes, Obama's recent 'Buffett
Rule' proposal, and Republican charges of 'class warfare.'
WALL STREET': Background & international context
for high school (10/13/11)
Students learn about the protest and its message, and consider
how the Occupy Wall Street protest is related to public protests
in other countries in the past year.
WALL STREET': A lesson for middle grades (10/6/11)
learn about the Occupy Wall Street protest, discuss wealth disparity,
consider some statistics, make their own charts, and find out
what some of the protesters want and and why.
CRISIS OF JOBLESSNESS IN AMERICA (9/30/11)
Student readings explore unemployment statistics and the human
impact of joblessness, and examine the effect of government proposals
on the crisis. Discussion questions and an opinion continuum activity
follow the readings.
ECONOMIC INEQUALITY is Rising. What Can We Do About It?
analyze new evidence of growing wealth disparity based on race
and ethnicity and overall U.S. economic inequality. Then they
consider what they and others might do to reduce inequality.
ON NONVIOLENCE from our archive....
the Egyptian Uprising: A STRATEGIC YOUTH MOVEMENT
(2/11) High school students read and discuss an article describing
the role of the youth movement and consider quotes from Gandhi
on the power of nonviolence.
Power of Nonviolent Action: South Africa & Poland
A rich set of readings and activities on the history and power
of peaceful resistance.
A COOPERATIVE WORLD Three readings, all based on
Jonathan Schell's book The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence,
and the Will of the People, invite students to learn about,
discuss, and act upon ideas for a cooperative and more peaceful
for many more lessons on such issues as economic inequality, the
economic crisis, money in politics, activism, and democracy.
march to support Occupy Wall Street, October 5, 2011. (c) PETER