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, stories are complex, and the issues can spark strong emotions. But engaging students with current events is a crucial part of their development as informed and humane citizens in a democracy.

Join us throughout the school year for:

  • Tips for making meaningful connections between current events and your curriculum
  • Strategies for navigating partisan politics in diverse classrooms
  • Teaching ideas for addressing breaking news and ongoing issues, from global migration to the health of democracy

 

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Plan Ahead with Our Checklist

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

Responding To Pittsburgh

The mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue capped off a week of hate crimes and political violence in the United States. These teaching ideas help teachers and students process the events and reflect on what they mean for them and their communities.

The Day After the Midterms

Our new teaching idea includes a variety of strategies for reviewing and processing the US midterm results and reflecting on why they matter to students, to their communities, and to the country as a whole.

Teaching Ideas

We know lack of time is one of the biggest challenges educators face. We've created new easy-to-implement teaching ideas that can be used for a portion of a class period. Each teaching idea also includes ways for your students to explore topics in greater depth in class or for homework.

Throughout the 2018-2019 school year, many teaching ideas draw connections between different elements of two broad themes, "Voting, Elections, and the Health of Democracy" and "Global Migration," and recent current events. Learn more below.

A crowd of women standing in line at a polling station in the Weimar Republic in 1919, the first year women were allowed to vote.

Voting, Elections, and Health of Democracy

Throughout the 2018-19 school year, we will share a series of teaching ideas that help students understand the challenges democracies are facing around the world. We will also include articles and activities that explore the ways individuals and groups can raise their voices and take action to strengthen democracy, with a special emphasis on the importance of voting.

 

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Other recent teaching ideas on Voting, Elections, and Health of Democracy:

 

Refugees arrive on the Bangladesh side of the Naf River on October 1, 2017, after fleeing their village in Myanmar.

Global Migration

Today, as in the past, global migration raises questions for both individuals and nations about identity and belonging. Join us throughout the school year as we examine many aspects of global migration that help to contextualize and humanize what your students are seeing in the world around them.

Recent teaching ideas on Global Migration:

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Current Events in Your Classroom

In this webinar, we discuss tips for making meaningful connections between current events and your curriculum and strategies for navigating partisan politics in diverse classrooms.

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Democracy & Civic Engagement

The Day After the Midterms

This teaching idea was created in anticipation of the 2018 midterm elections, before the election results were known. The discussion questions and strategies can be used to help your students unpack the results the day after the election and beyond.

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Democracy & Civic Engagement

A New Generation of Young Voters Emerges

While young people have a huge stake in US elections, historically they don’t show up when it comes time to vote. These teaching ideas allow students to explore youth voter turnout trends and how young people are trying to change them.

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Responding to Pittsburgh

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