We provide a lesson slides and 10-minute video that you can either watch before you teach or show directly to your students. To make things as easy as possible, we provide links or downloadable print-outs to any relevant readings or content.
This is a free weekly resource, aimed at teachers of grades 7 to 12 in any subject. As with all of TaW's resources, we have gender in mind. But these lessons touch upon a wealth of intersectional material and you can use them in any class or advisory session.
Think of these lessons as the stretching at the end of yoga class. You worked hard this week, now it's time to let the learning soak in with a lesson plan that
- unfurls slowly
- explores rich, nuanced material
- encourages discussion
- invites thoughtful silence
- strives to instill deep, long-term understandings in our students
These are lessons for those days when everyone is a little tired, a little relaxed, and a little thoughtful–you know, when it's a mellow Friday vibe in your classroom.
Every lesson has pretty much the same format. The accompanying 10-minute video takes you through the slideshow, which you are welcome to project for your class.
- Warm up/thought-provoking write prompt (10 min)
- Discussion of cultural context (5 min)
- Close Reading + Discussion Activities (20 min)
- Ideas for further exploration, reflective writing, or casual discussion (15 min)
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