Students assess the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on the 2020 election; identify and prioritize the values that shape their personally held beliefs; explore the presidential candidates’ positions on key policy issues; and gather evidence to analyze an issue and its role in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
Students explore the perspectives, motivations, and goals of athletes protesting the shooting of Jacob Blake, analyze polling data, examine primary sources, and consider the achievements and limitations of collective action by athletes.
Students review a timeline of black activism, identify patterns and themes, consider accomplishments of civil rights activists and the enduring obstacles to racial equality, and evaluate platforms for activism and the role of social media in protests.
Students examine photographs of protests from around the world, analyze the origins and causes of protest movements, and identify similarities, differences, and patterns.
This resource guide provides teachers with resources and pedagogical tools to feel more prepared to address controversial issues in the classroom.
Re-release: May 2019.
In this lesson, students will understand the significance of the Cuban Missile Crisis and consider lessons from the missile crisis for today.
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.
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 will understand the idea of historical memory and contextualize the August 2017 events in Charlottesville within a larger historical controversy.
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 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 the issues that frame the current debate on U.S. policy towards Iran and recent international negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program.
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.
In this lesson students explore current issues in the Middle East and their relation to U.S. policy by interpreting political cartoons.
In this lesson students consider the impact of Osama bin Laden’s death on different groups of people.
In this lesson students interpret political cartoons and place them in the context of political discussion about Afghanistan.
In this lesson students consider the concept of censorship and analyze the merits of censorship versus freedom of information.
In this lesson students understand the circumstances surrounding the Mumbai terrorist attacks and examine the historical relationship between India and Pakistan.