The State of the Union Address
An Interactive Timeline: U.S. Immigration Policy, Past and Present
U.S.-China Trade Tensions
Safeguarding Democracy: Understanding Allegations of Russian Election Interference
Students review the origins of the State of the Union in the Constitution and then watch significant moments in selected historical addresses and identify important themes, continuities, and discontinuities.
In this lesson students examine primary sources from U.S. officials, scholars, journalists, and business leaders supporting and opposing Trump administration trade policies with China.
A collection of resources that may prove useful to educators looking to learn more about transgender identity, discuss transgender identity in the classroom, and to support transgender students.
Students read a general overview text about transgender identity in the United States and analyze social media posts as sources about transgender identity today.
In this lesson students understand the reasons for and process of redistricting after a census.
Students review a timeline of U.S. immigration policy and laws from European colonization to today, collaboratively synthesize their findings, and present them to the class.
In this lesson students analyze the issues and controversies surrounding Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Students explore, debate, and evaluate multiple perspectives on U.S. policy towards Syria through a role-play activity.
In this lesson students explore, discuss, and evaluate multiple perspectives on maritime disputes in the South China Sea.
In this lesson students learn about the post-hurricane situation in Puerto Rico within a broader context of U.S.-Puerto Rican relations.
In this lesson, students will read stories of Syrian refugees to learn more about the ongoing civil war and refugee crisis in Syria.
In this lesson students learn more about the Rohingya people of Myanmar and the current conflict.
In this lesson students will understand the current threats of a nuclear crisis between North Korea and the United States.
In this lesson students will understand the idea of historical memory and contextualize recent events in Charlottesville within a larger historical controversy.
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.
In this lesson students learn about two historical famines and the current food crises in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen.
In this lesson students practice source analysis skills, consider bias, audience, and author expertise to assess source reliability.
In this lesson students explore significant moments in selected historical inaugural addresses and identify important themes, continuities, and discontinuities
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.
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.
Students gain an understanding of the current refugee crisis by mapping data and exploring personal accounts of refugees.
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.
An annotated list of sources that offer suggestions for various classroom approaches to these tragic events.
An annotated list of online sources that may be helpful for approaching some key aspects of the terrorist attacks in Paris.
Students examine the need for, and challenges associated with, creating an international agreement on climate change.
Students interpret political cartoons to better understand the role of the U.S. in the debate about the Iran nuclear deal.
Students explore the changing relationship between the United States and Cuba.
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.
Students gather information about Nigeria and the Boko Haram insurgency and identify core challenges faced by the government and people of Nigeria.
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.
Students analyze photographs of the protests in Hong Kong and explore the symbols and messages that protesters use to express their views.
Students use political cartoons to explore the role of ISIS in the Middle East.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students will explore, debate, and evaluate multiple perspectives on U.S. policy regarding drones.
In this lesson, students will understand the significance of the Cuban Missile Crisis and Consider lessons from the missile crisis for today.
In this lesson students explore current issues in the Middle East and their relation to U.S. policy by interpreting political cartoons.
In this online lesson students explore the human, economic, social, and political costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.