This election has been divisive across America. Many people are feeling frightened and confused in the wake of the attacks made by both sides. Whatever your beliefs or the beliefs of your students, it’s a good time to reflect in our communities. What can we do to work together after this time of great division? How can we all move forward feeling valued and safe? As educators, we do not usually share our political beliefs in class. Yet the future of our country is important to us all.
Here’s what’s inside:
“We are America”: Use this handout to give each student a voice to share their identity and beliefs in anonymity. Create a wall or hallway display.
“ Reactions”: Use this handout to give students a chance to explore how they are feeling after the election, how they imagine the other side is feeling, and how they hope the two sides can move forward together.
“Imagine an America”: Use this handout to invite students to imagine something they could do to change our country for the better.
“Now that the election is over, I hope…”: This handout asks students to come up with ten things they hope for our country in the coming years. You could use these hopes to create a collage on the wall, shuffle them anonymously into a speech or reading to be shared with a school assembly, or just simply give students the opportunity to privately reflect.