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Curriculum & Resources: Occupy Wall Street

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Resources from YES! Magazine and the New York Times Learning Network help your students understand the Occupy Wall Street movement.

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No doubt your students have heard about Occupy Wall Street and its slogan, “We are the 99%.”  But do they know why people are protesting across the country? Do they know who are the 99 percent?

Here are two excellent resources for familiarizing your students with Occupy Wall Street and for diving into deeper conversation about the roots of the movement and its potential impact.

YES! Magazine


Ongoing coverage of the people's movement to take back our democracy and build a new economy. YES! offers articles about the latest on Occupy Wall Street, building a new economy, and other people’s movements.

Click here for YES! Occupy Wall Street resources

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NY Times: The Learning Network


The NY Times Learning Network has bundled an impressive package of activities to teach your students about Occupy Wall Street.  Get your students warmed up with a quiz that matches campaign slogans with organizations. Choose from 10 activities to suit your curriculum and learning objectives. Standout activities include: “Debate the Movement’s Potential,” “Investigate the Role of Digital Tools,” Compare Wall Street with Other Movements, and “Brand the Movement” (a look at OWS logos).

Click here for NY Times Learning Network "Who are the 99%?" lessons

VISIT: For more curriculum from The Learning Network

YES! Archive


  • Young Farmers: A Growing Movement
    In spite of the daily discouraging environmental, political, and economic news, coaxing living things to grow somehow seems to make folks optimistic.
  • Occupy Wall Street, 1979
    Before there were hashtags, more than a thousand protesters tried to shut Wall Street down for a day 
  • What Can Stop the One Percent?
    Naomi Klein: There’s only one thing that can block the wish list of the one percent, and it’s a very big thing: the rest of us.
  • 10 Ways to Support the Occupy Movement
    There are many things you can do to be part of this growing movement—and only some of them involve sleeping outside.

The above resources accompany the October 2011 YES!

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Education Connection Newsletter


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