AWTT uses the power of art to make content come alive through Truth Teller portrait subjects and their stories. AWTT interdisciplinary resources encourage students to act for the common good while deepening their knowledge and understanding of past and current events.


From elementary schools to graduate programs, AWTT’s portraits and narratives enhance your curriculum with 
  • Lesson Plans
  • Speaking Truth to Youth video interviews
  • Project-based service-learning program – The Samantha Smith Challenge

Use these lessons as is or adapt them to your classroom needs.
Americans Who Tell The Truth Community Engagement

Lesson Plans

Students use the portraits to look into the eyes of activists and connect history, science, language arts, music and other curriculum as they build a bridge between the classroom and critical issues in the world.

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Speaking Truth to Youth

Watch AWTT portrait subjects talk about what led them to become activists, what continues to guide them, and what advice they have for young activists.

Americans Who Tell The Truth Samantha Smith Challenge

Samantha Smith Challenge

This project-based service learning option uses research and community connections to teach students to take action to solve the challenges and problems they see around them.

“I went to your session at MAMLE and couldn’t believe how perfectly the project fit with the unit plans I had developed for our ‘You Be the Judge: Justice Through Art’ project. I feel very strongly that SSC [Samantha Smith Challenge] is one of the best educational programs around.”

Caitlin Hutt

Warsaw Middle School Teacher

Contact AWTT for More Information About Our Educational Programs

Interested in learning more about AWTT's free lesson plans and educational programs or want to consult with the education team about your project and how we can help?

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