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Focus on: Teen Activism

Help your children explore teen activism with this free collection of materials.

teen activism

This is another free resource for teachers from The Curriculum Corner.

Use this free collection of resources to help your children explore the concept of teen activism.

As our world becomes more connected, children are learning the impact their voices can have.

Use the stories of teens across the world to inspire your students!

Most children have heard of Greta Thunberg and her voice for climate change. Encourage your children to discover the causes and fights of other teens.

Social media can be a great way for students to learn about teen activism. If this is an option for you, be sure to monitor use carefully! Maybe you could find specific posts to share with your students.

Teen Activism

Within our Teen Activism Collection you will find:

Activist Anchor Chart Display in your classroom or on your interactive whiteboard. As students enter the classroom, encourage them to share their thoughts on activism and what it means to them.

Activist Thought Clouds This is a brainstorming page for students. They can share their thoughts independently or in small groups.

Activist & Activism Word Maps Word maps are a great way to help students to develop a full understanding of a word. I always like to complete these as a whole group. As an extension, I’ve had my students make up an action to go with the word.

Activism is… Map Again, this can be an individual or small group task. In small groups, encourage your children to discuss their beliefs in order to help them develop their own understanding.

Character Traits As a class, talk about what character traits might be common in activists. Extend the activity by having children share a teen that displays the trait as you progress through your unit.

Activist Cards We have shared eight names of teen and young adult activists (who began fighting for their causes in their teens.) You will also find a blank page of cards. Children can use these as starting points for their learning.

Quick Look This at a glance page encourages children to share a quick look at four different activists.

A Look At… Children choose one activist to more fully explore.

Inspiration Anchor Chart Use this as a morning bell ringer. Children can write on a printed chart in your classroom or you can display on your interactive white board.

A Cause to Believe in Anchor Chart This is another bell ringer option. Have students share the name of someone they find inspiring.

Could I become an activist? Students will explore a cause they believe in and make a plan for becoming an activist. Remind children that even something small can make a difference.

Lined Papers You can use these lined papers for students to turn their graphic organizer pages into written responses, papers or even letters.

We hope this collection inspires some teen activism within your classroom!

You can download this collection here:

Focus On Collection

For those students who might not be motivated by writing a paper about their plans, you might give them the option of using Comic Strip Writing Templates.

While this is not an official page, at the time this post was written, it was a good resource for students. Check out this Greta Thunberg site. As things can change on the web, be sure to check out the page before sharing with your students.


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