Jan. 6 2021 in Washington DC: Protest or Insurrection?
Talking to students about politics, civic engagement, and uncertainty
Blad, Evie. “Caring for Students in the Wake of a Traumatic News Event.” EdWeek, Jan. 6, 2021.
Foundations of Democracy and Government. Share My Lesson, Jan 6 2021. This is a collection of resources from teacher-members of this website, C-SPAN, PBS, National constitution Center, and many others.
PBS Newshour Extra: New for Students and Teacher Resources for grades 6-12. Included are: a video with supporting lessons focused on understanding what happened by viewing a video clip, reading a transcript of the clip, and discussing the clip from specific open questions; two photos accompanied by a media literacy activity and discussion; two video clips, one of Biden and one of Trump from Jan. 6 with discussion questions.
PBS Daily Video. Classroom resource: Three ways to teach the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Watch the video, read the summary below and answer the discussion questions. To read a transcript of the video, click here. You can also access Pear Deck slides based on the lesson here and here. We will continue to update links to relevant stories and resources at the bottom of the page.
Responding to the Insurrection at the US Capital. Facing History and Ourselves, Jan 6 2021. “This Teaching Idea is designed to help guide an initial classroom reflection on the insurrection at the US Capitol that occurred on January 6, 2021. We will continue to publish resources on our Current Events page as this story evolves over the coming weeks.”
Sidhu, Ranjit. “Resources for talking to students about politics, civic engagement, and uncertainty.” ASCD, Jan 2021. “To assist you as you navigate conversations with your students and staff about the events of this week, we have made available free, targeted resources that will be immediately helpful to guide classroom discussions, as well as resources for district and school leadership teams (see below).” Focus areas (Engaging Students in Civics; Facilitating Classroom Discussions; Addressing Equity; Promoting Student Well-being; Supporting Educators in a Time of Change) feature ASCD webinars and books, articles from Educational Leadership, and other resources published by ASCD.
Twitter #sschat is full of ideas.
What Makes Democracy Work? Facing History and Ourselves. “History teaches us that democracies are fragile. But what makes democracy work? Join us to learn, discuss and teach about the importance of #DemocracyAndUs.” Includes a variety of focus points including Civil Discourse.
Yorio, Kara. “After the Rampage at the Capitol, Educators Are Asked to Meet the Moment Once Again.” School Library Journal, Jan 7 2021.