Curriculum

The Student Voices Curriculum provides educators with resources for engaging youth in meaningful discussion on topics related to gun violence in order to empower youth to use their voices toward positive change. The lessons and activities provided are appropriate for various content area and grade levels, designed to meet multiple learning styles and aligned to state standards. The catalogue below provides a brief description of each curriculum resource and a link to a file containing all materials, including lesson plans, student handouts, assessment rubrics, and more.

 

Gone Too Soon

Students explore the impact of historical events on society by researching and writing about historical figures who were killed by gun violence.

Gone Too Soon

Gone Too Soon PP Presentation

Grades: 4-12

History/Social Studies

English Language Arts

Theatre/Drama

Looking Upstream

Students examine the causes and effects of gun violence in order to brainstorm grassroots solutions to the problem.

Looking Upstream

Grades: 4-12

History/Social Studies

English Language Arts

Kids Count

Students visualize the impact of gun violence in Chicago by interpreting graphs and using percentages and fractions to represent data about Chicago homicides in the past year.

Kids Count

Kids Count PP Presentation

Grades: 5-8

Math

Science

When the Bullied Become Bullies

Students draw conclusions about the relationship between bullying and school shooter cases using scientific inquiry, data collection, and statistical analysis.

When the Bullied Become the Bullies

Grades: 8-12

Math

Science

To the Young Who Want to Live

Students interpret Gwendolyn Brooks’ poem, “To the Young Who Want to Die,” and use poetic devices to create their own anti-violence message.

To the Young Who Want to Live

Grades: 8-12

English Language Arts

Theatre/Drama

Music

Bowling for Columbine

Students identify characteristics of the documentary genre and create an audio-visual message of their own.

Bowling for Columbine

Grades: 9-12

Technology/Film

Journalism

English Language Arts

History/Social Studies

Art for Change

Students engage in art criticism techniques to analyze and interpret works of art for peace created in the Vietnam era and then create their own work of art with a non-violent of peaceful message.

Art for Change

Art for Change PP Presentation

Grades: 9-12

Art

History/Social Studies

Give Peace a Chance

Students explore how technical elements, mood, and meaning work together in a piece of protest music from the Vietnam era.

Give Peace a Chance

Give Peace a Chance PP Presentation

Grades: 9-12

Music

History/Social Studies

Ut Pictura Poesis

Students read and analyze poetry written about works of art and then create imagery-rich, art-inspired poems of their own.

Ut Pictura Poesis

Grades: 6-12

Art

English Language Arts

Bullying Behaviors

Students practice identifying bullying behavior and role-play strategies for dealing with bullies using non-violence.

Bullying Behavior

Grades: 1-5

English Language Arts

Theatre/Drama

Character Education

Little Weapons

Students explore the issue of youth access to weapons through a close analytical reading and discussion of Lupe Fiasco’s song, “Little Weapons.”

Little Weapons

Grades: 9-12

English Language Arts

History/Social Studies

Music

Walking Survey: Stats and Facts

Students gain, through a “walking survey,” an introductory look into the issue of gun violence and engage in critical thinking and self-reflection about the problem and how it impacts them.

Walking Survey

Walking Survey PP Presentation

Grades: 6-12

English Language Arts

History/Social Studies

Math

Science

The Right to Arm Bears

Students identify and analyze the persuasive techniques used in political cartoons and will use these strategies to create their own political cartoons.

The Right to Arm Bears

Grades: 8-12

English Language Arts

History/Social Studies

Art

Bullying and Bullets

Students examine school shooter cases to determine the role of bullying, the profiles of shooters, and the causes behind shootings toward forming and supporting an opinion on the controversial “Zero Tolerance” policy in schools.

Bullying and Bullets

Grades: 7-12

English Language Arts

History/Social Studies

Hard Evidence

Students learn about the importance of supporting details in essay writing and will be guided through essay revision to include evidence to back up their claims.

Hard Evidence

Grades: 6-12

English Language Arts

Don’t Become a Statistic

Students identify concepts of responsible citizenship in relation to gun safety and gun laws on local, national, and global levels.

Don’t Become and Statistic

Grades: 1-5

English Language Arts

History/Social Studies

Math

The Second Amendment Debate

Students practice their persuasive skills through a debate about the 2nd amendment and simulate the operations of legislative branch through discussion of the right to bear arms.

The Second Amendment

Grades: 8-12

History/Social Studies

The Second Amendment Debate Guns in Our World Part One

Students collect and present data about the impact of gun violence on youth by using tallying and a bar graph and analyze their graphs for form generalizations about the data.

Guns in Our World Pt. 1

Grades: 4-6

Math

Science

The Second Amendment Debate Guns in Our World Part Two

Students self-reflect on the personal impact of gun violence and create line graphs to represent personal levels of emotion/fear in various situations.

Guns in our World Pt. 2

Grades: 4-6

Math

Science

Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence

The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV) is the oldest and largest statewide organization in the U.S. working to prevent the devastation caused by firearms. Founded in 1975 by four suburban Chicago women concerned about the tragic consequences of handgun proliferation and availability, ICHV works on a variety of fronts to educate, raise public awareness, and build coalitions to enact change in laws and behavior. For 40 years, ICHV has been a leader among state gun violence prevention groups.

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Chicago, Illinois 60607

p) 312. 243. ICHV (4248)
f) 312. 243. 4258

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