Symbols and Words of Hate

“Learning to discuss. . . controversial topics in an open and respectful way is a key to ensuring a healthy classroom, school, and community.” Guided by this principle, this resource is structured with a series of exercises that asks class members to explore hate symbols and hate speech. Learners look at the historical significance and harmful effects of these words and symbols, examine the First Amendment and consider how it should apply, and set ground rules for discussing controversial topics “in an open and respectful way.”

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CCSS: Adaptable
  • A sensitive approach to an explosive topic
  • Detailed suggestions for teacher preparation
  • Large database of resources


  • Requires extensive teacher preparation for handling the discussions
  • Requires a safe classroom environment