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School Safety in the United States: One Year After Parkland

Grade Level Grades 6-12
Resource Type Activity, Presentation
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards


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Main idea of the lesson: Young people provide an essential voice in the ongoing conversation to increase school safety and reduce gun violence in American schools.  

Time to complete: one or two class periods (with optional extension activities)   

Enduring Understandings:  

  • Gun violence affects different communities in different ways, such as higher rates of homicide in urban areas and higher rates of suicide and unintentional shootings in rural areas.  
  • All forms of freedom come with responsibility and considerations of safety. Responsible gun ownership, such as safe storage, can prevent and reduce the rates of gun violence in our communities.   
  • Laws such as “extreme risk laws” can be explored to demonstrate what works best to reduce and prevent gun violence in schools.  
  • Many young people view reducing gun violence as one of the primary issues of their generation.  

Essential Questions:  

  • How do different communities experience gun violence? 
  • How do responsibility and safety affect the right to bear arms? 
  • What effect do data and case studies have on efforts to reduce gun violence?  
  • What role do young people play in the ongoing conversation about school safety?  


Sarah Lerner, author/editor of Parkland Speaks, Journalism Teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School 

Emily Muellenberg, Social Studies Teacher, Highlands Ranch High School, Colorado. Sponsor of CO Team ENOUGH. 

Julie Stern, author of Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding; content lead for Share My Lesson 

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Parkland, One Year Later



School Safety, Parkland Lesson-FINAL.pptx

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Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them.
Analyze various accounts of a subject told in different mediums (e.g., a person’s life story in both print and multimedia), determining which details are emphasized in each account.
Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.
Work with peers to set rules for collegial discussions and decision-making (e.g., informal consensus, taking votes on key issues, presentation of alternate views), clear goals and deadlines, and individual roles as needed.
Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.
Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives, summarize points of agreement and disagreement, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views and understanding and make new connections in light of the evidence and reasoning presented.


3 Reviews
Such an important lesson teach in today's school climate.
Ami Turner DelAguila
February 05, 2019
So important to have this school safety lesson plan and powerpoint available, as we remember and reflect on the one year anniversary of the tragedy in Parkland.
Susan Youssofi
February 05, 2019
This is a comprehensive lesson plan created by three incredible educators. This lesson is a must have conversation for your students as we continue to discuss and advocate for better policies to protect kids in schools, at home and in the community.
Kelly Booz
February 05, 2019