How to Talk About Gun Violence through a Jewish Lens

 The topics of guns and school violence are difficult subjects to approach, and yet the topics have become the center of everyday discussion after the most recent tragedy in a Florida school.

Whatever your stance on guns,  we have helpful resources to bring thoughtful conversation to your classrooms through Jewish texts and perspectives. With our Hot Topics series, you can address your students’ top concerns while also teaching them to look at various angles of the issue.

Teaching Hot Topics provides a fully-prepared lesson plan about school violence, including connections to Jewish texts and real-life examples of debateable policies aimed at reducing gun violence. Pair it with Hot Topics: A Student Companion, which mirrors the lesson plans in Teaching Hot Topics and encourages engagement with the text through charts, discussion questions, and potential research projects. Today’s Hot Topics also includes a lesson with articles, source sheets specifically on the issue of gun control.

Click here to download a PDF lesson plan on school violence from Teaching Hot Topics

Click here to download corresponding handouts for your students from Hot Topics: A Student Companion

Click here to download a PDF lesson plan on gun control from Today's Hot Topics.

The Hot Topics series is designed to broach sensitive subjects with today's teens. The lessons don't instruct students on which way to think, instead giving students the resources to hear both sides of the argument and come to their own conclusion.

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