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Debating the U.S. Response to Syria

Students explore, debate, and evaluate multiple perspectives on U.S. policy towards Syria through a role-play activity.

The Candidates and Their Values: Election 2016

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.

Resource Guide on the Orlando Nightclub Shooting

An annotated list of sources that offer suggestions for various classroom approaches to these tragic events.

Surveying State of the Union Addresses

Students explore significant moments in 20th century State of the Union Addresses and identify important historic themes.

Resource Guide on the Terrorist Attacks in Paris

An annotated list of online sources that may be helpful for approaching some key aspects of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Negotiating Climate Change: Paris 2015

Students examine the need for, and challenges associated with, creating an international agreement on climate change.

The Iran Nuclear Deal

Students interpret political cartoons to better understand the role of the U.S. in the debate about the Iran nuclear deal.

Cuba and the United States: A New Chapter

Students explore the changing relationship between the United States and Cuba.

Greece and the EU: Navigating Debt and Austerity

Students learn about the European Union and the eurozone, identify the lasting effects of the 2008 financial crisis on Greece, and brainstorm solutions for Greece and the EU.

Governing Global Health: The World Health Organization and Ebola

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.

Nigeria and Boko Haram: Inequality, Injustice, Insurgency

Students gather information about Nigeria and the Boko Haram insurgency and identify core challenges faced by the government and people of Nigeria.

The Struggle to Define Free Speech: From Skokie to Paris

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.

The Conflict in Syria

In this lesson students work in groups to research the perspectives of a variety of domestic and international actors on the conflict in Syria.

The Umbrella Movement: Protests in Hong Kong

Students analyze photographs of the protests in Hong Kong and explore the symbols and messages that protesters use to express their views.

Good Atoms or Bad Atoms? Iran and the Nuclear Issue

Students analyze the issues that frame the current debate on U.S. policy towards Iran and recent international negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program.

ISIS: A New Threat

Students use political cartoons to explore the role of ISIS in the Middle East.

Unrest in Ukraine

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.

Graffiti in Egypt’s Revolution

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.

The Egyptian Revolution: An Interactive Timeline

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.

Debating the U.S. Response to Syria

Students will explore, debate, and evaluate multiple perspectives on U.S. policy towards Syria through a role-play activity.

Fifty Years after the March on Washington: Students in the Civil Rights Movement

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.

Following the U.S. Presidential Election

In this lesson student track news coverage of the 2012 presidential campaigns and form their own opinion on policy issues and the candidates.

U.S. Policy in the Middle East: Analyzing Political Cartoons

In this lesson students explore current issues in the Middle East and their relation to U.S. policy by interpreting political cartoons.

The United States and the Iranian Nuclear Program

In this lesson students analyze the issues that frame the current debate on U.S. policy towards Iran.

The Arab Spring: One Year On

In this lesson students learn about various Arab Spring protest movements in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Iraqi Refugee Crisis

Students explore firsthand accounts of Iraqi refugees’ experiences and gain an understanding of the causes and scope of the crisis.

Famine in Somalia

In this lesson student use news sources to explore the crisis in Somalia and consider a variety of factors exacerbating the famine.

The Future of the Middle East: The Arab Spring and the Death of Osama bin Laden

In this lesson students consider the impact of Osama bin Laden’s death on different groups of people.

Protests, Revolutions, and Democratic Change

In this lesson students consider the role of the United States and international community and analyze the potential effects of the protests on democracy and stability in the Middle East and North Africa.

After Mubarak: A New Middle East?

In this lesson students identify the connection between the demonstrations in Egypt and other protests in the region.

Egypt’s Uprising

In this lesson students will identify the causes of the demonstrations in Egypt and explore the role of traditional and social media in the uprising.

Pakistan’s Floods

In this lesson students identify the immediate and long-term effects of the flooding on Pakistan.

Darfur: Violence and the Media

In this lesson students will explore events in Sudan using multiple sources.

The Lessons of Iraq

In this lesson students analyze how the lessons of Iraq may influence U.S. leaders.

The Gulf Oil Disaster

In this lesson students explore a range of issues raised by the 2010 oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico including impact, accountability, U.S. oil dependency, and energy policy.

The United States in Afghanistan: Analyzing Political Cartoons

In this lesson students interpret political cartoons and place them in the context of political discussion about Afghanistan.

Looking at the Tank Man: The 20th Anniversary of Tiananmen

In this lesson students consider the concept of censorship and analyze the merits of censorship versus freedom of information.

A Nuclear North Korea?

In this lesson student watch videos and answer questions.

India: Conflicts Within

This collection of lessons accompany India: Conflicts Within, a program of the Pulitzer Center.

India and Pakistan in the Wake of the Mumbai Attacks

In this lesson students understand the circumstances surrounding the Mumbai terrorist attacks and examine the historical relationship between India and Pakistan.

Water Wars

This is a 2-day lesson plan to accompany “Water Wars,” a series by the Common Language Project (CLP) and AfrikaNews.org with support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Globalization and the Economic Crisis

In this lesson students consider the connections between globalization and the current economic crisis.

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