Are you a teacher? Perhaps in a public or private school or a Sunday school class? Click on the links below for resources that can help you educate your students about homelessness and poverty.

(Unfortunately, some links may be broken.)

Illinois State Board of Education Online Lesson Plans About Homelessness

The Writers’ Express and Give Us Your Poor have collaborated to develop Close to Home: A Writing Curriculum Exploring Homelessness for middle and high school students and teachers.

The Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness has published a series of books for grades K-5, that help all children understand what it is like to be homeless. Activity guides are available for free downloads.

A Shelter in Our Car Monica Gunning’s moving and authentic story about homelessness in an American city was developed with the help of the Homeless Children’s Network in San Francisco. Elaine Pedlar’s strong and lively illustrations bring the story to life in vibrant chalk pastel.

Teaching About Hunger, Homelessness, and Poverty
Suggested Activities and Sources of Information for Elementary through College Students and Adults

Soul of a Woman This tale, told through the eyes of a child, traces the journey of an American woman, dispossessed and struggling for survival through decades of poverty and homelessness. Her shining emergence from the depths of destitution, a stubborn social ill still fertile in the world’s richest country, is a lesson in resiliency and hope for all those seeking freedom from the prison of poverty.

The National Alliance to End Homelessness has published a series of Fact Sheets for teachers to use with students in various grades:

Kindergarten to Grade Two

Grades Three to Five

Middle School (Grades 6-8)

High School

Homeless to Harvard is based on the true story of Liz Murray,  a young woman raised in New York City in poverty by loving, yet drug-addicted parents. She was homeless for a time as a teenager, but overcame many obstacles to attend Harvard University.  Here is a series of worksheets associated with the film suitable for high school students, and  a teaching guide for the film and the worksheets.

Here is a wonderful exercise suitable for people of middle school age or above that explores the root causes of poverty.