History and Current Issues Curriculum

The Choices Program draws on scholarship from Brown University to produce innovative curriculum and videos that make contested international issues accessible, engaging, and relevant to secondary school audiences.

Perspectives from history. Choices for today.

Teaching with the News

The State of the Union Address

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.

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Teaching with the News

The United States-Iran Crisis

Students review the history and consider the current status of U.S.-Iran relations as they develop media source analysis skills and analyze different perspectives on the current situation.

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Teaching with the News

The Impeachment Process and President Trump

This lesson helps students understand the Constitutional basis and historical precedents for impeachment.

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Video Series on Memorials to Slavery

Why is it important to commemorate the history of slavery in the United States?

Explore the purposes, challenges, and controversies related to historical memorials.

Videos featuring Renée Ater, Associate Professor Emerita at the University of Maryland, explore the purposes of historical memorials and analyze several memorials to slavery in the United States.

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