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Labor History and Labor Day Lesson Plans for Students

Do your students know where Labor Day began? How labor unions work? What impact have they had on the course of history, workers' rights and workplace safety, particularly in the United States? Did you know May is Labor History Month, as recognized by the American Labor Movement? Share My Lesson has curated a collection of lesson plans, activities and resources to help you explore the role of labor unions in society with your preK-12 students.

Labor Day: Digging Deeper

Take a closer look at how labor unions strive to address fairness and dignity in the workplace, and help your students explore some of the social justice issues unions have fought for. This curated collection of Labor Day lesson plans and resources also references contracts, collective bargaining, negotiations, the role of voting, strikes and resolutions. Learn more about the American Federation of Teachers history and about their preK-12 education work.

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Union Talk Podcast

Want to learn more about the role of unions? Tune into the podcast, Union Talk, where AFT president Randi Weingarten interviews workers, policymakers and experts who are confronting the issues working families face and championing solutions. From the classroom to the bargaining table to Congress to the streets, Union Talk looks at the past, present and possible ways the labor movement and unions are vehicles to secure opportunity, justice and a voice in our democracy for all.

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Activism: Purpose Beyond Protest
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Activism: Purpose Beyond Protest

Handout, Lesson Plan, Presentation, Worksheet | Grades 6-8

Organized Labor and the American Dream
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Organized Labor and the American Dream

Activity, Lesson Plan | Grades 9-12

When the Rules Aren't Right: 7 Time Travel Tales of Activism by Leslie Tolf
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When the Rules Aren't Right: 7 Time Travel Tales of Activism by Leslie Tolf

Assessment, Handout, Lesson Plan, Presentation | Grades 3-12

Lesson Three: The Big Strike
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Lesson Three: The Big Strike

Handout | Grades 9-12, Higher Education, Adult Education

Labor History: Hardballs and Handshakes
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Labor History: Hardballs and Handshakes

Article, Lesson Plan | Grades 9-12

Equal Pay for Equal Work
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Equal Pay for Equal Work

Lesson Plan | Grades 9-12

Lesson Two: San Francisco
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Lesson Two: San Francisco

Handout | Grades 9-12, Higher Education, Adult Education

Lesson Three: The Big Strike
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Lesson Three: The Big Strike

Handout | Grades 9-12, Higher Education, Adult Education

Educating for Democratic Citizenship

The Shanker Institute in partnership with the American Federation of Teachers, Share My Lesson the and the AFT Innovation Fund has launched this Educating for Democratic Citizenship Project whereby a group of accomplished, experienced AFT educators have developed these Action Civics lessons and materials that we hope will improve teaching and learning of American History, Government, and Civics for teachers and students.