Curriculum & Resources

Curricula and lesson plans on topics ranging from climate change to happiness.

In each of the following categories, you'll find a variety of teaching tools for immediate use in the classroom or for building your own curriculum.  These resources include: lessons, curriculum, poetry, videos, projects, stories, and essays.

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:: Teaching Happiness

Discover the good life through resilience, creativity, and community.

:: Teaching Outside the Box

Meaningful learning pushes boundaries with action, inquiry, and innovation.

:: Teaching Peace & Justice

Paths to peace, inclusion, equality, and compassion for all.

:: Teaching Sustainability 

How to build a robust economy, healthy planet, and just world for all.

:: Visual Learning

Use the wonder of a photo to engage in deep discussions and understanding.

Spotlight on Green
by Jing Fong
A collection of education resources about "Green." From the environment to the economy, bring green into the classroom.
Global Oneness Project
by Jing Fong
The Global Oneness Project is offering educational film toolkits. Take advantage of this great opportunity to explore interconnectedness and promote social wellness.
The Corporation
by Jing Fong
Watch a new video about an eighth grade class using The Corporation film as a discussion starter. Share with your students using free curriculum from The Ontario Institute of Studies in Education.
Visual Learning: Who Is That Masked Man?
by Mirabai Troll
This Visual Literacy lesson will get your students thinking about the Occupy Wall Street movement, and what's behind a mask.
YES! Recommends: The Story of Stuff Project
by Jing Fong
The Story of Stuff Project now offers more films that explain and inform. Check out The Story of Broke, The Story of Citizens United v. FEC, and don't miss out on free curriculum from Facing the Future.
Teaching Social Movements
by Jing Fong
A collection of YES! resources for teaching about Occupy and other social movements.
The Legacy Project
by Jing Fong
Cornell Professor Karl Pillemer, founder of The Legacy Project: Lessons for Living from the Wisest Americans, collected over 1,500 interviews of elders on a variety of subjects. In text and video, the oldest living generations of Americans share their experiences.
Academy of Achievement
by Jing Fong
With biographies, personal interviews, and powerful images, the Academy of Achievement provides the opportunity for students to find a modern hero that resonates with their life. A content-rich Achiever Gallery of photos and a well-organized curriculum are terrific resources for hero projects or studies.
Visual Learning: You Say Tomato, I Say Tomahto
by Mirabai Troll
Visual Learning activity using an image of industrial tomato field in the central valley of California.
Words That Inspire: 3/4-Baked
by Jing Fong
Jason McLennan suggests that we stop "chasing perfection."
Visual Learning: To Dye For
by Idil Levitas
This Visual Learning lesson will get your students thinking about where their clothes come from and how colorful fabric is made.
Maps That Stretch the Mind
by Jing Fong
Like history, maps tell a story from the writer or creator's perspective. ODT Maps believes that there are many ways to see the world—including upside down. Explore the organization's many maps (with thoughtful explanations), videos, free downloads, quizzes, and more.
Words That Inspire: Because
by Jing Fong
Instead of a letter, Terry Tempest Williams wrote a poem to nominate Lily Yeh as a YES! Breakthrough 15 Hero. The poem shared the many reasons why Lily Yeh is worthy of consideration. Who are the people students might be inspired to honor with a poem?
YES! Recommends: Americans Who Tell The Truth
by Jing Fong
Americans Who Tell the Truth spotlights 170 portraits of truth tellers—people who fought for all people's rights with courage and determination—to teach students of all ages not only about their heritage, but also to stand up for what they believe in.
Civil Rights Curriculum
by Jing Fong
In 1942, Fred Korematsu was arrested and convicted for refusing to go with other Japanese Americans to incarceration camps mandated under President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Executive Order No. 9066. The Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education shares lesson plans, videos, and other classroom resources to teach students the importance of speaking up for civil rights for all.