Teaching with the News: Free lessons connect your classroom to headlines in the news.
In this updated online lesson students examine data from the Costs of War Project to explore the geography and scope as well as the human, economic, social, and political costs of the War on Terror, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Students also consider how an analysis of the wars’ costs should influence current and future U.S. foreign policy
Students explore how knowledge of history can inspire activism and build solidarity across communities. Students use primary sources to compare and contrast Japanese American incarceration in WWII and contemporary migrant detention.
In this lesson, students will work together to explore six different excerpted articles from historians and scholars who, in the days after the Capitol riot, sought to provide historical context for the events of January 6.
Students read or view past presidential inaugural addresses, analyze their messages, and discuss their visions for the country. Students will then view and analyze Biden’s address, discuss their findings, express their own views, and reflect on the purpose and meaning of presidential inaugural addresses.
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.
In this lesson, students explore the human dimension of the September 11 attacks by conducting an interview and considering the benefits and limitations of using oral history to learn about the past.
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.
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 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 explore, discuss, and evaluate multiple perspectives on maritime disputes in the South China Sea.
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 idea of historical memory and contextualize the August 2017 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.