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Connect and Engage: Addressing Fear

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from the October/November 2008 YES! Education Connection Newsletter

Read the newsletter: What Are You Afraid Of?

Here are lesson plans and how-to resources for coming to terms with false assumptions about immigrants, the current economic crisis, and walls that separate important relationships. Simply put, it’s about addressing fear with clarity and calmness.

:: What is an American?
:: Understanding the Financial Crisis
:: Public Conversations Project


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Image from a Chinese phrase book

What is an American?

SEE WEBSITE :: Facing History

Facing History and Ourselves, an international non-profit organization, aims to examine prejudice, both past and present, to promote a more enlightened and compassionate society. Over 1,200 Facing History lesson plans are in the Facing History bank to help students examine the connection between history and the personal choices they face in their own lives. We have chosen a particular lesson in which students will analyze an 1875 English-Chinese phrase book and early 20th century letters written by Jewish immigrants, and apply these insights to present day immigrants, perhaps from their own school or community. Complete with video excerpts, discussions and community-based activities, this lesson will give your students a better understanding of the American immigration process.

See the lesson plan here.


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Wall Street versus Main Street, YES! Magazine graphic

Understanding the Financial Crisis


Talking Points: Economic Meltdown is one of many educational tools produced by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) to educate policymakers and the general public. The document explains concepts used in discussing the bailout and financial crisis, in addition to offering global perspectives and possible solutions. Links to more resources, such as video and books, are included. Your students will find this clear and basic information both encouraging and enlightening as we weather this financial storm. IPS is a progressive, independent, multi-issue think tank whose mission is to lead ideas to action for peace, justice, and the environment. For four decades, it has served as a policy and research resource for visionary social justice movements: from the anti-war and civil rights movements in the 60s, to the peace and global justice movements of the last decade.

See the talking points here.


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Equality Riders, photo by Josh Varner
Conversations Across the Divide: Stories of people with the courage to reach out to people who are different, to overcome stereotypes and to create authentic community

Public Conversations Project

SEE WEBSITE :: Public Conversations Project

Teach your students a different approach to confronting disagreements. This Public Conversations Project (PCP) guide offers conversation starters and suggestions to help your students recognize and dispel stereotypes as they learn to express their opinions through peaceful dialogue. PCP's free online resources, including a practical, easy-to-use guidebook, teach students and teachers dialogue techniques that can be used to address a wide range of topics at home, in school, in the workplace or in the community.

Download the step-by-step guide here. (as a PDF)

For more conversation ideas check the resource section.



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