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)
- 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.
- 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
Parkland, One Year Later