This Critiquing Hate Crimes Legislation lesson plan also includes:
The high school lesson explores what hate crimes are and how the government has responded to those crimes. Academics read legislation, analyze political cartoons, and complete hands-on-activities to understand what motivates individuals to initiate hate crimes and how legislation protects those at risk of being targeted. To complete the lesson, scholars deliver a monologue explaining stories of individuals who have been targeted by hate crimes.
- Arrange for a local activist to speak to the class regarding hate crimes
- Guide a group discussion on times pupils have felt excluded for being different
- The topic of hate crimes may be a sensitive subject for some students
- Educators need to create a graphic organizer to accompany the lesson
- The lesson promotes a policy of tolerance and acceptance
- Resource uses primary documents to enhance learning