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Teaching Resources about Gun Violence

How are you addressing current events in your classroom? Please let us know at tssp@ncss.org, and send us links to the top few teaching resources that you rely on. We’ll consider them for including here, among the teaching resource and background articles that social studies educators have offered for sharing with colleagues. (No endorsement implied. See footnote.)

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), "Out of Range: An Interview with Mark Tushnet on the Second Amendment (Looking at the Law), Social Education, Sept. 2007, https://www.socialstudies.org/publications/socialeducation/september2007... .

NCSS, “Tracking Congress: Issues, Interests, and Democracy in Action”
by Ralph Nader,
Social Education (Jan./Feb. 2018), https://www.socialstudies.org/node/50751.

The Atlantic, “Gun Control from Around the World: A Primer.” Overview of the social science and public policies globally (Jan. 12, 2016), https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/01/worldwide-gun-....

The Atlantic, "The Parkland Students Aren't Going Away." The relevance of race in the history of the issue (Feb. 24, 2018), https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/02/the-parkland-stude....

Facing History and Ourselves, "After Parkland, Students Choose to Participate," https://www.facinghistory.org/after-parkland-students-choose-participate....

March for Our Lives (A website “created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country.”) “On March 24, 2018, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.” www.marchforourlives.com.

Miller Center, University of Virginia, "Race And The Crisis of Justice" (12-minute video) looks at the history of race, policing, and incarceration in the U.S. through the lens of the presidency. https://vimeo.com/215846466.

New York Times Lesson Plans, "Resources for Talking and Teaching About the School Shooting in Florida,"  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/15/learning/lesson-plans/resources-for-t....

NPR, "How to Talk With Kids About Terrible Things" (A site for parents and teachers), https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2018/02/18/586447438/how-to-talk-with-ki....

Open Secrets, “Gun Rights vs Gun Control,” An overview and data on contributions from gun control and gun rights groups to members of Congress, as well as current NRA data, https://www.opensecrets.org/news/issues/guns/.

PBS NewsHour "What can we learn from the Stoneman shooting?" http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/daily-videos/stonemanschoolshooting/

PBS Teachers Lounge, “Perspectives by Educators on the Issue of School Shootings in the U.S.,” February 16, 2018, https://www.pbs.org/newshour/education/opinion-a-students-obituary-shoul....

Sandy Hook Promise provides research-based programs (e.g.,“Know the Signs”) and practices to help protect children from gun violence in homes, schools, and communities. https://www.sandyhookpromise.org/prevention_programs

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NOTE: National Council for the Social Studies, NCSS, does not advocate for particular legislation on gun control or related issues, but can provide background information for teachers on controversial topics of public concern. These postings reflect offerings by our members. TSSP, The Social Studies Professional, is the association's online newsletter. Visit www.socialstudies.org.

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