Cultivating Tolerance, Growing Together

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This lesson takes place in two phases. In the first phase, students will be introduced to the concept of hate, with a focus on antisemitism through a station activity. In this portion of the unit, students will examine the Tree of Life shooting including its causes and effects. Focus will be given to both the local and national response through a gallery walk of selected sources, as well as an examination of the remarks of Rabbi Myers of the Tree of Life congregation.

In the second phase of the unit, students will partake in project-based learning (PBL), hosting an event for their community titled “Cultivating Tolerance, Growing Together.” Students will carry the responsibility of handling the evening’s logistics through committee assignments, as well as demonstrating their understanding of the guiding questions through the creation of an artifact.

Molly Long is a high school history teacher for the Avonworth School District.


Suggested Technology: Computer for Presenter, Projector, Laptops for Students, Internet Connection.

Instructional Time: 10 hours.


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The following lesson plan has won Classrooms Without Borders' SECOND PLACE PRIZE in the contest for lesson plans about antisemitism and hate, in commemoration of the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

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