Educator Resources and Academic Inquiry Kits for K-12+ Classrooms
Frank Kameny & the Lavender Scare Dynamic Poster
This dynamic, interactive FREE digital poster offers teachers and students a unique approach to inquiry. The top left menu bar includes questions to activate prior knowledge, guiding questions for inquiry, vocabulary and the lesson plan. The bottom left text box expands to provide background information. Every image or icon links to primary and secondary source pages, including downloadable government documents and FBI files, images, Eric Marcus’s interview with Frank Kameny, The Lavender Scare movie trailer and more!
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Frank Kameny & the Lavender Scare Inquiry Kit
This comprehensive 31-page inquiry kit explores the Lavender Scare and its connection to the Red Scare during the Cold War, introduced through the activism of civil rights leader Frank Kameny. Through a rich exploration of primary and secondary sources, students evaluate how historical events and developments resulted in the Lavender Scare, its relationship with the Red Scare and analysis of how society’s ideas about morality shape government policy. Included in this inquiry kit are options for 1-day through 8-day lesson plans, original activities, interactive worksheets, suggested discussion questions, HUE’s original “What’s My Crime” game, unique FBI File Assessment and more! (Grades 9+)
*Single teacher license with classroom reproducibles
This inquiry kit is made possible through HUE’s partnership with Making Gay History
UnErased: 50 Ways to UnErase LGBTQ History
UnErased: 50 Ways to Unerase LGBTQ History offers educators clear, simple access points to infuse LGBTQ-inclusive history and academic content in a cross-curricular approach for Social Studies and English Language Arts. Each of the 50 access points includes background information, suggested discussion questions, learning outcomes, interdisciplinary connections, topics for further exploration and more. (Recommended for grades 9+)
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Black Panther Party
If you teach about the Black Panther Party, infuse Huey Newton’s speech from Aug. 15, 1970, “A Letter to the Revolutionary Brothers and Sisters About the Women’s Liberation and Gay Liberation Movements.” The topic intersects with how to delineate and evaluate an argument in ELA.
If you teach about the Watergate scandal, infuse U.S. Rep. Barbara Jordan’s address to the House Judiciary Committee on the articles of impeachment during the Nixon impeachment hearings. Background information includes the fact that Jordan’s domestic partner of 20 years, Nancy Earl, was an occasional speechwriter for Jordan. The topic intersects with standards for analyzing how rhetoric contributes to an author’s point of view or purpose in a text.
If you teach about Japanese internment, infuse actor George Takei’s TED Talk and transcript, “Why I Love a Country That Once Betrayed Me.” Included in the background information is a reference to George Takei’s husband, Brad Takei. The topic intersects with literature—for example, David Guterson’s novel Snow Falling on Cedars.
Sylvia Rivera: Stonewall Street Fighter & Activist
Sylvia Rivera: Stonewall Street Fighter and Activist introduces Sylvia’s activism within the context of a larger historical narrative, and connects the social, political and economic forces entrenched within this expanded American civil rights story. This 27-page academic inquiry kit provides a deeper understanding of the forces that impel activism and agency. Knowledge of the LGBTQ Civil Rights movement will inform this understanding and contextualization. Because Stonewall has been mythologized by some as the beginning of the LGBTQ rights movement, the lesson includes HUE’s original “What’s the Myth?” game cards that explore how past events become distorted within the historical narrative.
*Single teacher license with classroom reproducibles. (Grades 10+)
This inquiry kit is made possible through HUE’s partnership with Making Gay History
Civil War: From Farmer to Soldier
Civil War: From Farmer to Soldier is a comprehensive 29-page inquiry kit that explores the possible motivations for women to pass as men and enlist as soldiers during the Civil War. Students critically examine primary source documents, ask questions, make hypotheses and draw conclusions. Students work collaboratively and practice skills using the story of Sarah Lyons/Wakeman, Inquiry Edusystem™ and original “What’s My Secret?” game.
Civil War: From Farmer to Soldier provides links to other resources, assessments, intersections with other events in the past and connections to modern-day considerations.
*Single teacher license with classroom reproducibles. Recommended for grades 2 – 4
Lawrence v. Texas: Decriminalizing Homosexuality
Lawrence v. Texas: Decriminalizing Homosexuality is an innovative inquiry that explores the history of the criminalization of “homosexuality” in the United States. The landmark Supreme Court of the United States case Lawrence and Garner v. Texas is truncated and complemented with a narrator role (for historical reference and levity) and is ideal for post-secondary contexts. This ancillary aid is intended as a theatrical reading.
Lawrence v. Texas offers educators the opportunity to infuse LGBTQ-inclusive content within discussions and teachings of the 14th Amendment’s Due Process Clause and Equal Protection Clause.
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*Single teacher license
Witness LGBTQ history as seen through the eyes of those who filmed it!
History UnErased recommends Reel in the Closet (2015), a 25-minute educational documentary film directed by Stu Maddux.
Reel in the Closet unerases the real lives of LGBTQ people, activists and witnesses to history as documented through hundreds of never-seen-before home movies and dating back to the 1930s. The film includes suggested discussion questions for students and intersects with American civil rights, the AIDS epidemic, East Coast Homophile Organization (ECHO) protests, Japanese internment, the Black Panther Party and more! (Grades 10+) Watch the TRAILER
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History UnErased has teamed up with the Making Gay History podcast series to infuse LGBTQ+ voices into the American civil rights story for K-12 classrooms. Eric Marcus’s archive of champions, heroes and witnesses to LGBTQ+ history (from the 1930s to 1990s) are being brought to life for K-12 classrooms and introduced through History UnErased’s unique LGBTQ Academic Inquiry Kits. The Give Voice to History Project podcasts anchor HUE’s engaging and empowering academic inquiry kits with direct access points in Social studies, English Language Arts, STEM, Fine Arts, Health and more. An LGBTQ+ visual history exhibit from ONE Archives Foundation at USC Libraries is available to complement the Give Voice to History Project series.
*Important note: Making Gay History podcast series is intended for adult audiences. The podcast extractions for the Give Voice to History Project are age-appropriate and educationally relevant to current curricula.
HUE’s LGBTQ-inclusive Academic Inquiry Kits improve the social-emotional and academic learning of all students. The content is uniquely presented with a broader, more contextual presentation of our collective historical narrative and uses HUE’s unique Inquiry Edusystem™:
never seen or heard before primary and secondary sources
intersections with the past and connections to today’s world
critical analysis, critical thinking, reasoning and citing evidence skill development
open-ended questions for students to construct meaning
unique games and activities
Addressing the Inert Empathy Problem™ The conceptual underpinnings of empathy are elucidated through HUE’s modality of investigation, critique and academic discourse. HUE’s approach encourages a deeper cycle of reflection and prosocial behavior – equipping a new generation of citizens to generalize empathy outside of the classroom and participate in our complex global society with greater sophistication.
HUE works with the Library of Congress, ONE Archives Foundation at USC Libraries, the National Park Service, Boston History Project, Massachusetts Historical Society and expert historians, archivists, educators and curriculum developers. HUE is a licensed MA ESE professional learning and development provider with the express purpose of preparing educators to infuse LGBTQ-inclusive history and academic content in K-12 core subjects. LEARN MORE
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Example Units from HUE’s K-12 LGBTQ+ Academic Inquiry Series
Gender and Individuality: A true childhood story about Warren Blumenfeld (Grades 2-5)
Exploring the childhood of Warren Blumenfeld who was bullied because of his gender expression. An integral component of this unit is providing students with the opportunity to engage with materials and games that challenge students intellectually and provide conscious-raising through independent and communicative enquiry processes. Students will read, discuss, play and write while integrating and evaluating multiple sources of information. The activities presented in this unit attend to career readiness, social/emotional learning and language development.
Gender & Soldiering During The Civil War (Grades 6 – 8)
Gender and Soldiering during the Civil War is a comprehensive 29-page inquiry unit devoted to the motivations of women who fought during the Civil War. Students critically examine primary source documents, ask questions, make hypotheses and draw conclusions. Using HUE’s Inquiry Edusystem™, students explore the topic in depth, engage in HUE’s original “What’s My Secret?” game, work collaboratively and practice skills. The unit provides links to other resources, assessments and connections to other events in the past and connections to modern-day considerations.
Lawrence v Texas: Decriminalizing “Homosexuality” (Grades 11+)
In 2003, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decriminalizes “homosexuality” and paves the way for marriage equality
Students will explore how the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decisions influence society’s ideas of morality and fundamental rights through a comprehensive and academic inquiry process. Janson Wu’s case study interview will provide a launching point for students as they explore facts of the Lawrence v Texas SCOTUS case.
Dr. Evelyn Hooker: Science & Morality (Grades 11+)
Dr. Evelyn Hooker reveals how moral responsibility influenced her study that substantiated removing “homosexuality” as a mental disorder from the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual)
Students will explore how moral responsibility inspires scientific research, as well as how institutional and social understandings of scientific research influence concepts of morality and health. Students will engage in an intellectual, consciousness-raising communicative inquiry process that provides a multi-disciplinary approach.
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Gay Rights Activism & Psychiatry (Grades 10+)
How Gay Rights Activism influenced the American Psychiatric Association’s removal of “homosexuality” as a diagnosable disease
Students will make connections between the medicalization of behaviors and society’s perceptions of morality and mental health, as well as explore the motivations for “homosexuals” to organize and engage in political activism.
HIV/AIDS: A New Epidemic (Grades 9+)
Connecting the 1980s AIDS crisis with the current HIV/AIDS epidemic affecting youth: misperceptions and false security
Students will explore how and why ideas about morality and fear about “the other” shape scientific research and government policy, as well as how these complexities inform education policy.
Military Service: Evolving U.S. Policy (Grades 10+)
Exploring the history of policy changes regarding “homosexuals” serving in the military and how these policy changes influenced society
Students will explore how the U.S. policy banning “homosexuals” from military service related to ideas about morality and patriotism, as well as providing the opportunity to engage in academic discourse about the implications of evolving government policy.
Paul Smith: Lawrence v Texas (Grades 11+)
Exploring the U.S. Supreme Court’s interpretation of the 14th Amendment in the Lawrence v Texas case (2003) that decriminalized “homosexuality.” This monumental case paved the way for marriage equality. (Paul Smith was the lead attorney for the plaintiffs.)
Students will explore how and why the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) evolves its interpretation of the Constitution and how this influences society’s understanding of morality and equality.
The LGBTQ Harlem Renaissance (Grades 8+)
“The LGBTQ Harlem Renaissance” reveals how performance art allows for the full expression of a queer identity – connecting the Harlem Renaissance to New York City’s underground ball and kiki scene
Students engage with the intersections of gender, race and sexual orientation as significant factors in understanding how and why these various forms of identity inform artistic expression and can break through cultural and social barriers.
Title IX & Gender Equality (Grades 9+)
“Title IX and Gender Equality” reveals how Title IX has shaped society’s ideas about gender and gender discrimination within educational programs and activities
Students will discover the implications of government policy on society’s understanding of gender, sexual orientation and equal opportunity within educational programs, as well as the evolution of cultural perspectives of gender and the factors underlying current discussions of gender equality in sports programs.