I learned during my first year that classroom culture is REALLY important. My class would often have discussions about NPR stories I heard, articles I had read, spoken word and Slam poetry, and current events.
Trigger Warning: I used these in classrooms full of 10th-12th graders (ages 15-19). Use your best judgement to decide whether each is appropriate for your students in your community.
Spoken Word & Slam Poetry
Monster – Brave New Voices Finals – misogyny on Halloween (contains profanity)
Black Bruins – racism in college admissions & athletics at UCLA
I Will Not Let an Exam Result Decide My Fate – by Suli Breaks
Why I Hate School but Love Education – by Suli Breaks
Social Justice & Equity
Driving While Black – Statistical Analysis of Racial Profiling. This article is great because you can discuss math topics like disproportionality in a context the students will recognize!
HSBC Settlement and the Drug War – Teenagers LOVE this comparison of drug sentencing for HSBC and normal people. Matt Taibbi for Rolling Stone.
Gangster Bankers: Too Big to Jail – A similar article on banking settlements & social justice, also by Matt Taibbi.
Songs & World Cultures
“3al Jamal bi Wasat Beirut (Riding a Camel in Downtown Beirut)” by Michelle & Noel Keserwany – Lebanese sisters ride a camel in urban downtown Beirut. Shows that the Middle East isn’t full of camels & deserts; there are huge cities there too where you wouldn’t normally ride a camel. Also class consciousness & inequality. English lyrics are in the video description.
More coming soon!