Current Events In Your Classroom

Teaching Ideas, Activities, and Strategies for Middle and High School Students

Teaching current events can be challenging: the news cycle moves quickly, the issues can spark strong feelings, and classroom time is tight. Yet engaging with current events is an essential part of educating young people to be informed and humane participants in a democracy.

Use our resources to foster thoughtful classroom conversations and build your students’ capacities for critical thinking, emotional engagement, ethical reflection, and civic agency.

Our White Nationalism explainer comes with a classroom handout and describes key characteristics of white nationalist ideology and clarifies related key-terms, such “alt-right” and “white power.”

View our checklist of things to consider before you start teaching current events, including recommended news sources, teaching strategies, and media literacy tools.

In this webinar, we'll share media literacy tools, tips for making meaningful connections between current events and your curriculum, and strategies for navigating partisan politics in diverse classrooms.

About Our Current Events Content

What is a Teaching Idea?

Our Teaching Ideas help you address specific events and issues in the news. With a variety of accessible resources and engaging teaching strategies, they can be used for all or part of a class period.

What is an Explainer?

New for the 2019 school year, our printable “Explainers” introduce key terms and ideas that are essential to understanding today’s news.

Going Deeper

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