The Voice of Witness Education Program offers free, Common Core-aligned lesson plans to accompany each of our books, implement oral history projects, and support English Language Learners.

We have seen firsthand how Voice of Witness stories resonate with students, inspiring empathy, action, and a deeper connection to the world around them. By engaging with VOW lesson plans, students discover their own voices and build stronger relationships with social justice and human rights issues.

All of VOW’s lesson plans are Common Core-aligned and reflect our goals for advancing the “Five C” student skills:

  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative literacy
  • Cultural proficiency
  • Community engagement

The lesson plans are adaptable for a variety of students in many educational settings, though they are written with students grades 9-12 in mind. Click here to learn more about VOW and Common Core, and consider starting a VOW book club with your students or colleagues.



Topics such as exile and displacement, racial inequality, activism, and many of the others listed below are present throughout nearly all of the books in our series. However, we have organized the curricula below based on the themes and topics specifically addressed in the lesson plans.