#TeachResistance is centered around providing lessons that use children’s books that show resistance as a focus point for the day.  This document has been created as a companion,  to provide educators with resources that could extend student learning before, on and after Inauguration Day.  In addition to the lesson plans presented, Perspectives for a Diverse America (Free with registration) has a variety of ways to use Read Alouds at:

Resources by topic:

  • Building Community

  • Voting

  • US Constitution and Bill of Rights

  • President and Presidency

  • Government

  • Social Justice, Race and Activism

  • Post-Election 2016: Teaching After the Election of Trump – Adult resources

  • Websites

Building Community

Many students are concerned with what the Trump presidency will mean for themselves, their family and their community.  It is important to strengthen the classroom community and provide a safe space.

Teaching Tolerances “The Day After provides many ideas.  Another resource is a story that will appear in their Spring 2017 issue, “The First 100 Days” by Jarah Botello, that is available as a Central Text on the Perspective for a Diverse America website with free registration.

How Well Do Your Students Know Each Other? One way of building positive relationships in a classroom is by getting to know one another’s talents, interests, and stories.  One of many useful resources from Responsive Classroom.

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Is the Electoral College the Best System to Elect Our President? A short article for grades 3 and up.

Grace for President Book read aloud on YouTube all ages includes info about the electoral college.

Voting Rights in the 2016 Election A short article for grades 3 and up. 

The Voting Rights Act: Ten Things You Should Know. Article. By Emilye Crosby and Judy Richardson. 2015. Grades 4 and up. Key points in the history of the 1965 Voting Rights Act missing from most textbooks.

Cobblestone Magazine: VOTING RIGHTS IN AMERICA  In colonial America, who established the precedent that only white, property-owning men would have the right to vote? How did African Americans and Native Americans gain full citizenship and federally recognised voting rights? Who were some of the biggest names in the struggle for women’s suffrage? 

Voting now, voting then  What was the voting experience like for African Americans in the Jim Crow era? This resource is for older students (HS) but teachers will find it useful. Upper elementary school students can learn that literacy tests were used to keep people of color — and, sometimes, poor whites — from voting. Students can view The 1965 Alabama Literacy Test. 

Did voters turn out — or are they turned off?  This activity will examine the percentage of the voting-age population (VAP) who turned out to vote. Grades 3 and up

See the following page for voter turnout statistics:

United States Elections Project: Voter turnout 2012

United States Elections Project: Voter turnout 2008

United States Elections Project: Voter turnout 2004

Learning to vote (Adult Resource)

2016 November General Election Turnout Rates

Special interests: How would a legislator vote? Grades 3 and up. In these role-plays, students act as elected officials who must vote on five bills that relate to special interests of groups that financed their campaigns. How will they vote?

US Constitution and Bill of Rights

Rethinking the U.S. Constitutional Convention: A Role Play Teaching Activity. By Bob Peterson. Grades 3 and up. 

A role play on the Constitutional Convention which brings to life the social forces active during and immediately following the American Revolution with focus on two key topics: suffrage and slavery. An elementary school adaptation of the Constitution Role Play by Bill Bigelow. Roles available in Spanish.

Free PDF including the Bill of Rights                    

The Constitution of the United States from National Constitution Center including the preamble and the Bill of Rights. 

Print Your Own Booklet of the Constitution of the United States

Video instructions on how to print:

Printable copy:

Teacher’s guide primary source set on The Constitution Grades 6 and up and adult resource 

Companion to Primary Source about the Constitution

PDF of Constitution with George Washington’s hand-written notes

Bill of Rights Students explore the amendments of the Bill of Rights and learn how important, and unique, our rights are from those in many other countries.

Bill of Rights on Brainpop (You need an account) Do you know your rights? You will after watching Tim and Moby take you through the Bill of Rights in this BrainPOP movie. Discover why the Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution and about each of the 10 amendments of the Bill of Rights

Bill of Rights Lesson Plan All grades: Home

 Schoolhouse Rock- The Preamble Grades 2 and up

THE INTERACTIVE CONSTITUTION  A free app from the National Constitution Center. In the Interactive Constitution, scholars from across the legal and philosophical spectrum interact with each other to explore the meaning of each provision of the Constitution. Upper grades

Rights Matter: The Story of the Bill of Rights Teaching Guide. By Nancy Murray and the Bill of Rights Education Project at the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.. 2006. 69 pages. A free, downloadable, student-friendly booklet on the Bill of Rights, available in English and Spanish.  The project encourages citizens to think critically about difficult social issues and the importance of the Bill of Rights.

The President and Presidency

Dear Mr. President Letter Writing All grades. Students can write letters to the new president. What are they hoping for? They can also write letter to outgoing President Obama.  For many of our students he has been president for their entire life, or at least as long as they are aware.

‘I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR’ Grades 6 and up. Study the Oath of Office and explore related vocabulary.

Inauguration Interview All grades.  Students develop questions that a reporter might ask during an interview with the new president.

U.S. Presidential Inaugurations:

How does Barack Obama’s first inauguration compare to this year’s inauguration?

First Inauguration – January 20, 2009


Largest attendance of any event in the history of Washington, D.C.

Largest attendance of any Presidential Inauguration in U.S. history.

First African-American to hold the office of President of the United States.

First citizen born in Hawaii to hold the office.

Highest viewership ever of the swearing-in ceremonies on the Internet.

First woman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, to emcee the ceremony.

First inaugural webcast to include captioning.

First swearing-in ceremony to include an audio description.


Branches of Power  Do you like running things? Branches of Power allows you to do something that no one else can: control all three branches of government! You’ll have the power to write any laws you want about issues you choose. Careful, though, there’s a lot to juggle when

Cobblestone Magazine – Branches of Power How does our federal government work? Who makes the rules? In this issue, we look at the three arms of our federal government: the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. A couple of articles in this issue will give you some background information. One defines the responsibilities of the three branches. 

Video Tour of Monuments of Washington DC for kids. All grades you’re playing all three branches.

Cobblestone Magazine – Why DC? COBBLESTONE Magazine transforms history into a living, breathing guide to how Americans live, work, play, and eat, from the 1600s to today. The October 2004 issue is a free digital sample which informs about the history of Washington DC as US Capitol.

iCivics  teaches students how government works by having them experience it directly. Through our games, the player steps into any role – a judge, a member of Congress, a community activist fighting for local change, even the President of the United States – and does the job they do. Educational video games allow for concepts to happen to us.

Social Justice, Race and Activism

Write a petition Grades 2 and up

Building your own curriculum  If you would like to expand this work and create your own units and lessons, we highly suggest exploring Teaching Tolerance’s FREE Perspectives for a Diverse America, which is a literacy-based curriculum that marries anti-bias social justice content with the rigor of the Common Core State Standards. It offers a variety of resources including texts, tasks and strategies to engage students and allow them to demonstrate their anti-bias awareness and competency.

40+ Children’s Books about Human Rights & Social Justice All grades

Universal Rights: Celebrating The Ideal and The Struggle Collections of books for Elementary School, Middle School and High School

Child of the Civil Rights Movement: Book – Non-fiction. By Paula Young Shelton and illustrated by Raul Colon. 2009. 48 pages. A child’s unique perspective on the Civil Rights Movement by the daughter of Civil Rights activist Andrew Young.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio – The book that inspired the Choose Kind movement.; #choosekind; CERTIFIED KIND CLASSROOM CHALLENGE 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR

Post-Election 2016: Teaching After the Election of Trump – Adult resources

Teaching Young Children about Slavery and Resistance: (part of Teaching Tolerance)

When We Fight We Win!: Twenty-First-Century Social Movements and the Activists That Are Transforming Our World  Book – Non-fiction. By Greg Jobin Leeds, Dey Hernandez Vazquez, and AgitArte. 2016. 208 pages. A visually rich and inspiring book of 21st-century leaders and activists distill their wisdom, sharing lessons of what makes and what hinders transformative social change.

Let’s Talk about Racism in Schools. Rick Wormeli. Vitriol and violence connected to race are running high. K–12 classrooms are where we must start to build an equitable, non-racist society.

Beginning Courageous Conversations About Race

 Border Crossers 

Against Trump and the World That Made Him Readings and Resources 

‘You are all our kids, no matter what’: Award-winning teachers band together, speak out to protect students.

Teaching Civics in the Time of Trump  Do we need a new Schoolhouse Rock! to remind us how to run a democracy? BY PANYIN CONDUAH | DECEMBER 20, 2016

Stepping Up to Teach in Turbulent Times  By Karen Engels


Library of Congress Classroom Materials / Teacher Resources

Newsela Text Sets  Free 30 day trial has many topics

Dakota Access Pipeline Water Protectors  and  Fighting for Justice

Teaching Tolerance  Teaching Tolerance’s educational kits and subscriptions to its magazine are FREE to classroom teachers.

Teaching for Change  Teaching for Change provides teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world

The Zinn Education Project  The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country. Based on the lens of history highlighted in Howard Zinn’s best-selling book A People’s History of the United States, the website offers free, downloadable lessons and articles organised by theme, time period, and reading level.

The Alliance for Quality Education  The Alliance for Quality Education is a coalition mobilising communities across the state to keep New York true to its promise of ensuring a high-quality public education to all students regardless of zip code.

IndyKids   The mission of IndyKids is to engage young people to become informed world citizens through the production of a current events and social justice news source that is created by kids, for kids.

Rethinking Schools  is a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization dedicated to sustaining and strengthening public education through social justice teaching and education activism. Our magazine, books, and other resources promote equity and racial justice in the classroom. We encourage grassroots efforts in our schools and communities to enhance the learning and well-being of our children, and to build broad democratic movements for social and environmental justice.

Responsive Classroom The Responsive Classroom approach to teaching emphasizes academic, social, and emotional growth in a strong school community. We believe that how children learn is as important as what they learn, and that academic success is inextricably tied to building social-emotional competencies.