Teaching Peace & Justice

Paths to peace, inclusion, equality, and compassion for all.
YES! Recommends: Americans Who Tell The Truth

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

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.

Words That Inspire: We are the 1%

Some members of the 1% have shared messages of solidarity with the 99%. What goes into a sign that makes a lasting impression? Explore an activity to help your students understand—and create their own—powerful signs.

ThinkB4YouSpeak

ThinkB4YouSpeak helps straight teens understand why "that's so gay" and other common slurs may be unintentional but hurtful to their Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) classmates.

Occupy Wall Street

Resources from YES! Magazine and NY Times Learning Network will familiarize your students with Occupy Wall Street.

The Innocence Project and Prison Food

Use the Innocence Project’s interactive resources to understand the causes of wrongful convictions and exonerations, and see how your school's cafeteria food measures up to prison food with this tell-it-like-it is infographic.

Words That Inspire: Martin Luther King, Jr.

What is fair to one person may not be fair to another. How can students become aware of injustice—at school, in your community, and in this world— and dig deeper to discover how they can transform injustice to justice?

You Can’t Ignore Me Any Longer

Street artist JR brings art to improbable places, creating projects that force us to really see each other.

Waiting (or Not) for Superman

The documentary “Waiting for Superman” has stirred up conversation and debate about one of our nation’s biggest concerns—the state of public education. A follow-up campaign is under way to fix education. NOT Waiting for Superman, initiated by Rethinking Schools, says the film got the message all wrong.

Visual Learning: Paper Cranes for Peace

With this YES! lesson plan, try to truly understand an image, its message, and why it’s interesting (or not). In this case it's all about peace.

Visual Learning: Sacred Water

This Visual Learning lesson will get your students thinking about the sacred places in their lives, and who typically is exposed to environmental health risks.

Making Sense of the 2010 Census

Who is America? This bundle of lesson plans and activities will help your students understand the basics of the every-decade census and why they should care about what’s at stake.

Visual Learning: Are You Really What You Wear?

With this YES! lesson plan, try to truly understand an image, its message, and why it’s interesting (or not). In this case it's all about a different image of Iran.