Teaching Tolerance toolkit

Posted on 02. Nov, 2017 by in Toolkits

Charlottesville. Las Vegas. Standing Rock. Some teachers are hesitant to unpack and discuss these challenging events with their students because it feels too overwhelming and upsetting. And there’s pressure from their administration and parent community to “stick to the curriculum.”

YES! Magazine has provided a toolkit to help teachers and parents start to address these topics with your children:

Suggested below are steps to a thoughtful and meaningful discussion with your students about the protest in Charlottesville—plus related issues of media literacy, race, and hate. Choose what is appropriate for your class.

  1. Have students complete a pre-survey (optional)
  2. Choose at least one YES! article and one outside article for a robust compare and contrast
  3.  Use the discussion questions—or craft your own—to gauge your students’ understanding and opinions.
  4.  Have students complete a post survey (optional)
  5. Explore curriculum if you’d like to dive deeper


Reading Materials

Outside Articles

A Guide to the Charlottesville Aftermath(The New York Times)

Fear of “violent left” preceded events in Charlottesville (The Washington Post)

Charlottesville Survivor: There’s No Question, This Was Terrorism (Truthout)

Discussion Questions

No doubt, there is lots to discuss about what happened in Charlottesville, and why it happened. Here are a few questions to help you dive deeper into the protest’s bigger issues—media literacy, race, bias, hate—and how they impact your students.

  1. If you could speak with someone who participated in the Unite the Right protest, what would you tell them? What questions would you ask?
  2. Why is it important to gather information from multiple sources when trying to understand contentious issues, such as Charlottesville?
  3. Is there racial tension in your community or school? How do students, teachers, and the administration address race at your school?



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