Teaching with the News: Free lessons connect your classroom to headlines in the news.
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.
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.
New update: December 2019.
Students gain an understanding of the current refugee crisis by mapping data and exploring personal accounts of refugees.
This lesson presents arguments supporting and opposing the United Kingdom’s membership in the European Union using an analysis of political cartoons.
This lesson helps students understand the Constitutional basis and historical precedents for impeachment.
This resource guide provides teachers with resources and pedagogical tools to feel more prepared to address controversial issues in the classroom.
Students review a timeline of major laws and policies related to asylum in the U.S.
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.
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 free Teaching with the News 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 will explore, debate, and evaluate multiple perspectives on U.S. policy regarding drones.
In this online lesson students explore the human, economic, social, and political costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In this lesson students explore the human dimension of the September 11 attacks by conducting an interview.