Locking Up Our Own

This initiative allows students to explore a chapter of James Forman Jr.'s book, Locking Up Our Own.  Students learn to better understand the origins of efforts to decrease gun violence and delve into current activism around the issue. Students can use the lessons to better understand gun debates of the past and today, informing their personal views about what they and others should do now.


The semi-structured curriculum below is ready to be customized by teachers.  We have provided a 10-day curriculum that can be used at any time during the month of March.  All lessons are 30-35 minutes, with the exception of one 60-minute mock city council meeting.  The submission period for competitions and student feedback is at the end of the month.

Adjusting to meet your students' needs is strongly encouraged.

Please note: Slides are in google format, but can be downloaded in .ppt. All slides for days 1-10 are included here. All materials or handouts referenced are linked to in the individual google slides or teacher notes accompanying the slides.

To download the slides as Microsoft PPT, click here.

Here you'll find student and teacher reading materials for chapter 2 of Locking Up Our Own.  You will also find audio files of the chapter.

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*This is only a suggested calendar.  The 10-day unit can be completed any time during the month, and submission portals will be open the last week of March.

*Lesson 5 is the mock city council meeting, which is 60 minutes, we suggest this taking place on a Friday, as a week-culminating event.

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