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Provided by NJ Social Studies Supervisors Association (NJSSSA) K-12 Resources


General Reading/Articles:

How to talk to kids amid Derek Chauvin trial

How to talk to your children about the Derek Chauvin trial and George Floyd's death

Princeton University - The Derek Chauvin trial: Resources and support for the University community

Guidance of Sensitive Issues


5 Guidelines to Sensitive Issues


Educators tackle tough Conversations . . . virtually


The Urgent Need for Anti-Racism Education


How to be an Anti-Racist Educator


Talking about Race (National Museum of African American History and Culture)


Everyday Democracy - Resources, Handouts on racial Equity, Stereotypes, Racism, etc.


Why The Humanities Matter - Lesson Plans, Resources (scroll down -social justice, race, privilege, inequity)


K-5 Resources

We March by Shane Evans


Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh


Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey


A Terrible Thing Happened by Maragret Holmes


How to talk to children about Protests and Racism


Talking with Children about racism, police brutality and protest


GMA - How to talk to kids about protests

Anti-Defamation League


Animated video read-aloud:(Ages 4-8)

Teacher Resource for using the book

Interview with Marianne Celano: 



Resources for Teaching and Talking about Racism, Policing, Protests, and Other Difficult Topics


6-12 Resources


MLK: The Language of the Unheard


The Psychology of Rioting: The Language of the Unheard


Museum of Tolerance

Dynamics of Discrimination


PBS NewsHour Lesson Plan


Newsela articles:

Reverse Racism: Myth or Reality?

Explaining the Red Summer of 1919

We’re Sick of it

Brutality of American Capitalism begins on the Plantation


Tackling Racism Head-on


NY Times Lesson Network- Lesson Plans, Ideas


PBS News Hour (Extra) - “Death of George Floyd Sets Off Massive Protests”

*Video, lesson plan (discussion questions, essential questions, extension activities w/ short video)

*Sign up for an account - daily videos, lessons


Ta-Neshisi Coates (youtube) on Discussing Racism Directly, Honestly (2015)

How should the U.S. address problems of violent policing? As a nation, we may be asking the police to do certain things that they shouldn't, says Ta-Nehisi Coates. The Atlantic correspondent offers his Brief But Spectacular take on the legacy of white supremacy in America today.


1921 Tulsa Race Massacre (CNN - article, video, primary sources, references current events)



This piece, by the President and CEO of Facing History, is an eloquent reflection of  one person's response. 


The New York Times Learning Network has a forum for students to post their reactions, along with lesson materials.  This is a good way to encourage students to voice their feelings with the wider world and to read what students in other places are saying.


This interactive website from the Washington Post is a collection of all information the reporters could find regarding police shootings, dating back to 2015.


PBS Learning Media has a 5-minute segment from PBS News hour, along with suggestion questions, activities and additional resources.


Listenwise posted this lesson about Ahmaud Arbery on May 19 (interview with a sociologist).


Facing History provides materials to help us to understand police shootings within the context of the legacy of slavery.


The Choices program developed these lessons and resources regarding the Black Lives Matter movement within the context of the Civil Rights Movement.


Facing History has compiled a list of resources to support our thinking in many directions on this topic.

Taken from Facing History, this map and correlating indicators of violence is profound.



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