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The Choices Program is a non-profit organization based at Brown University that develops curricula on current and historical international issues. Course materials place special emphasis on the importance of educating students in their participatory role as citizens.

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Teaching with the News provides free online lessons to connect the content of the classroom to the headlines in the news.

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New and Notable

iBook Textbook
New Curriculum

Empire, Republic, Democracy: A History of Turkey

Students use primary source documents, readings, and new media sources as they consider the questions and challenges facing people in Turkey today.

iBook Textbook
Curriculum

Digital Curriculum

We now offer digital curriculum materials in multiple formats including iBooks Textbooks and eText Classroom Editions.

Vietnam
new edition

The Limits of Power: The United States in Vietnam

Using maps, cartoons, and primary sources, students evaluate how successive U.S. administrations perceived the situation in Vietnam, and implemented policy.

United Nations
new edition

The United Nations: Challenges and Change

Using primary sources, charts, case studies, and simulations, students examine the historical origins of the UN and consider its role in the world today.

Ukraine
teaching with the news

Unrest in Ukraine

This lesson provides a background to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, has students analyze political cartoons, and asks them to monitor the Ukrainian crisis in the news.

Afghanistan
new edition

The United States in Afghanistan

Students use primary source documents, readings, and new media sources as they consider the future of U.S. policy in Afghanistan.

Colonization in Africa
new curriculum

Colonization and Independence in Africa

Students explore Africa in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and consider the changes colonialism imposed on African governments, economies, and societies.

Egypt Timeline
Teaching with the News

The Egyptian Revolution: An Interactive Timeline

Using an interactive timeline with videos, images, and text, students explore the Egyptian Revolution from 2011 to today.

india
New Curriculum

Indian Independence and the Question of Partition

Students explore the era of British colonialism, Indian campaigns for independence, and the legacies of the 1947 partition.

Foreign Aid
New Edition

Dilemmas of Foreign Aid: Debating U.S. Policies

Students explore the history of U.S. foreign assistance and the institutions that distribute aid today.

Middle East
New Edition

The Middle East in Transition: Questions for U.S. Policy

Students explore the Arab-Israeli conflict, the significance of oil, the Arab Spring, and other issues that shape U.S. ties to the Middle East.

Costs of War
Teaching with the News

The Costs of War

In this lesson students explore the human, economic, social, and political costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.