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History in Dispute: Charlottesville and Confederate Monuments

In this lesson students will understand the idea of historical memory and contextualize recent events in Charlottesville within a larger historical controversy.
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Famine Today: The Greatest Humanitarian Crisis Since World War II

In this lesson students learn about two historical famines and the current food crises in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen.
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President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration and Refugee Policy

In this lesson students practice source analysis skills, consider bias, audience, and author expertise to assess source reliability.
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Current Lessons

History in Dispute: Charlottesville and Confederate Monuments

In this lesson students will understand the idea of historical memory and contextualize recent events in Charlottesville within a larger historical controversy.

Values and Public Policy

Students identifying values as a way to understand the views of others, find common ground where it exists, and work together to find ways to form policy.

Debating the U.S. Response to Syria

Students explore, debate, and evaluate multiple perspectives on U.S. policy towards Syria through a role-play activity.

Famine Today: The Greatest Humanitarian Crisis Since World War II

In this lesson students learn about two historical famines and the current food crises in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen.

President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration and Refugee Policy

In this lesson students practice source analysis skills, consider bias, audience, and author expertise to assess source reliability.

From George Washington to Donald Trump: Comparing Inaugural Addresses

In this lesson students explore significant moments in selected historical inaugural addresses and identify important themes, continuities, and discontinuities

Black Lives Matter: Continuing the Civil Rights Movement

Students review a timeline of black activism in the United States from the 1950s to today and identify core themes of the civil rights and Black Lives Matter movements.

Youth Activism and the Dakota Access Pipeline

Students discuss the controversy over the Dakota Access Pipeline, read and analyze letters from native youth activists who oppose the project, and reflect on the role of youth in social movements.

Refugee Stories: Mapping a Crisis

Students gain an understanding of the current refugee crisis by mapping data and exploring personal accounts of refugees.

The Candidates and Their Values: Election 2016

Students examine their personally held values, explore the platforms of presidential candidates, assess how their own values and beliefs align with those of the candidates, and discuss the potential impact of the upcoming election.

Resource Guide on the Orlando Nightclub Shooting

An annotated list of sources that offer suggestions for various classroom approaches to these tragic events.

Surveying State of the Union Addresses

Students explore significant moments in 20th century State of the Union Addresses and identify important historic themes.

Resource Guide on the Terrorist Attacks in Paris

An annotated list of online sources that may be helpful for approaching some key aspects of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Negotiating Climate Change: Paris 2015

Students examine the need for, and challenges associated with, creating an international agreement on climate change.

The Iran Nuclear Deal

Students interpret political cartoons to better understand the role of the U.S. in the debate about the Iran nuclear deal.

Cuba and the United States: A New Chapter

Students explore the changing relationship between the United States and Cuba.

Greece and the EU: Navigating Debt and Austerity

Students learn about the European Union and the eurozone, identify the lasting effects of the 2008 financial crisis on Greece, and brainstorm solutions for Greece and the EU.

Governing Global Health: The World Health Organization and Ebola

Students explore the structure of the World Health Organization (WHO) and its role in the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, discuss challenges the WHO has faced in responding to the Ebola outbreak, identify what resources are needed to bring the epidemic under control.

Nigeria and Boko Haram: Inequality, Injustice, Insurgency

Students gather information about Nigeria and the Boko Haram insurgency and identify core challenges faced by the government and people of Nigeria.

The Struggle to Define Free Speech: From Skokie to Paris

Students consider how different societies define freedom of expression, analyze historical sources that reveal contrasting views on freedom of expression in the case of Skokie, Illinois, where a Nazi group attempted to demonstrate in the 1970s, and explore the current free speech controversy in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

The Umbrella Movement: Protests in Hong Kong

Students analyze photographs of the protests in Hong Kong and explore the symbols and messages that protesters use to express their views.

Good Atoms or Bad Atoms? Iran and the Nuclear Issue

Students analyze the issues that frame the current debate on U.S. policy towards Iran and recent international negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program.

ISIS: A New Threat

Students use political cartoons to explore the role of ISIS in the Middle East.

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.

Graffiti in Egypt’s Revolution

Students will assess the role of graffiti in political protest, use a short video to analyze the relevance of graffiti during the Egyptian revolution and articulate opinions on graffiti and censorship.

The Egyptian Revolution: An Interactive Timeline

In this lesson students review an interactive timeline of events in Egypt over the past three years and identify core themes of Egyptian protest movements.

Debating the U.S. Response to Syria

Students will explore, debate, and evaluate multiple perspectives on U.S. policy towards Syria through a role-play activity.

Fifty Years after the March on Washington: Students in the Civil Rights Movement

Students hear stories from former civil rights activists, analyze what motivated students to join the movement, what their experiences were like, and consider the relevance today.

Debating U.S. Drone Policy

Students will explore, debate, and evaluate multiple perspectives on U.S. policy regarding drones.

On the Brink of Nuclear War: Leadership and the Cuban Missile Crisis

In this lesson, students will understand the significance of the Cuban Missile Crisis and Consider lessons from the missile crisis for today.

U.S. Policy in the Middle East: Analyzing Political Cartoons

In this lesson students explore current issues in the Middle East and their relation to U.S. policy by interpreting political cartoons.

The Costs of War

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

The Iraqi Refugee Crisis

Students explore firsthand accounts of Iraqi refugees’ experiences and gain an understanding of the causes and scope of the crisis.

Oral History and September 11

In this lesson students explore the human dimension of the September 11 attacks by conducting an interview.

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