Critiquing Hate Crimes Legislation

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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.  

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Instructional Ideas
  • 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 
Classroom Considerations
  • The topic of hate crimes may be a sensitive subject for some students
  • Educators need to create a graphic organizer to accompany the lesson 
Pros
  • The lesson promotes a policy of tolerance and acceptance
  • Resource uses primary documents to enhance learning 
Cons
  • None