Current Events In Your Classroom

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

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This series of Teaching Ideas is designed to help students think critically about the long and troubling history between law enforcement and Black Americans, while not stereotyping or criminalizing all police officers.

This Teaching Idea asks students to reflect on how education has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic and to propose changes they would like to see in schools when the pandemic ends.

View our checklist of things to consider before you start teaching current events, including recommended news sources, teaching strategies, and media literacy tools. This checklist was updated for the 2020 school year with remote and hybrid learning in mind.

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?

Our printable “Explainers” introduce key terms and ideas that are essential to understanding today’s news. View our latest explainers

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