Sample Curricula

Lesson Plans

In addition to our network of affiliated Bay Area schools, Voice of Witness books are taught in schools across the country, including CUNY, Loyola University, Francis W. Parker School, Brown University, Haverford College, Charlottesville High School, and New Mexico Highlands University. Voice of Witness has also provided oral history training for nonprofits such as Greenhouse Scholars, the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, Aim High and the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education.

Below are some of the curricula developed by our education program. For more oral history resources, lesson plans and activities please refer to The Power of the Story: The Voice of Witness Teacher’s Guide to Oral History. Click here to order a copy.


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Invisible Hands

Introduction to Invisible Hands Curriculum

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Lesson One: Oral History as a Tool to Advocate for Human Rights

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Anticipation Guide

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Invisible Hands Info Sheet

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Lesson One: Letter Writing Handout

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Lesson One: T-Chart Handout

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Lesson Two: Human Rights Abuses in the Electronics Industry

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Lesson Three: Sustainable Agriculture and Social Action Poetry

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Lesson Three: Poem Handout

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Lesson Three: Poetry Analysis Handout

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Lesson Four: Resource Extraction and the Global Economy

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Lesson Five: The Garment Industry and the Right to Unionize

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Lesson Five: Labor Rights Stakeholders Handout

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Lesson Five: Analyzing Sheet Music Handout

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Lesson Six: How to Design a Co-op

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Lesson Six: What is a Cooperative Business? Handout

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Lesson Six: Creating a Business and Marketing Plan Handout

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Lesson Six: Designing a Co-op Handout

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Glossary

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High Rise Stories

Introduction to High Rise Stories Curriculum

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Lesson Plan 1: Home and Community

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Chicago Public Housing Fact Sheet to accompany HRS Lesson Plan 1

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Lesson Plan 2: Rights and Obligations

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Rights and Obligations handout to accompany HRS Lesson 2

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Lesson Plan 3: Policing and the Criminal Justice System

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Police Presence handout to accompany HRS Lesson 3

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Lesson Plan 4: Creating a Housing Bill of Rights

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Lesson Plan 5: Mural/Collaborative Painting Project

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Refugee Hotel

Lesson Plan 1: Assigning Labels

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Lesson Plan 2: Images and Examinations of Home

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Lesson Plan 3: Exploring the Refugee Convention

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Lesson Plan 4: Creating a Heart Journey Map

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Ways to Explore Refugee Hotel

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Throwing Stones at the Moon: Narratives from Colombians Displaced by Violence

Lesson Plan 1: Exploring Text through the Five Senses

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Imagery Handout to accompany Lesson 1

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Lesson Plan 2: Displacement Monologues

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Military Recruitment Handout to accompany Lesson 2

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Lesson Plan 3: The Cost of Living in Fear

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Inside this Place, Not Of It: Narratives from Women's Prisons

A Two-Day Lesson Plan: Body Stories

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Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post 9/11 Injustice

Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post 9/11 Injustice

Voice of Witness is proud to present a teaching resource for Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice, created in collaboration with the Korematsu Institute.

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Voices from the Storm

Lesson Plan 1: Hurricane Katrina: Perceptions and Realities of Race, Class, and Democracy

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Voices from the Storm Handout

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Warm Up Activity KWL Chart Handout

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Expert Group Worksheet

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Model Presentation Chart Handout

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Note Taker Worksheet

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Surviving Justice

Lesson Plan 1: Surviving Justice lesson plan

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Surviving Justice Handout

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Surviving Justice Exoneree Handout

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