Teaching Current Events: Democracy and Civic Engagement

Democracies across the globe are increasingly fragile. Examine the health of democracy, voting and elections, and the pivotal role civic participation of young people plays.

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Democracy & Civic Engagement

How the World Votes: India’s Election and Access to Polling Places

Explore ideas around access to voting by learning about India’s general election and the country’s commitment to ensuring that all voters are close to a polling station.

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Democracy & Civic Engagement

Making Room at the Table

Teach students about Representative Shirley Chisholm’s groundbreaking career and connect her story to today’s 116th Congress—the most diverse federal legislative body in US history.

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Democracy & Civic Engagement

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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Media Literacy

Where Do We Get Our News and Why Does It Matter?

Help students examine their current events consumption, explore the role of social media in the spread of misinformation, and think about what healthy news habits they want to adopt.

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Justice & Human Rights
Democracy & Civic Engagement

When Reporters Are Arrested

Students reflect on the role of freedom of the press by exploring the recent story of two journalists arrested in Myanmar while investigating the killings of Rohingya civilians.

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Democracy & Civic Engagement

Assessing The Strength of Democracy

Provide students with an opportunity to explore their understanding of democracy and to make meaning of current events about democracies at risk in the world today.

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Democracy & Civic Engagement

Family Separation at the U.S. Border

Inform students about the Trump administration’s family separation policy and help them emotionally process the human side of this news story.

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Democracy & Civic Engagement

Youth Taking Charge! Placing Student Activism in Historical Context

Many students considered participating in the national school walkouts to protest gun violence following the Parkland, Florida school shooting. Use this teaching idea to explore the rich history of youth activism from the 1960s to present day. You'll prepare them to think critically as they examine current events through a historical lens and equip them with tools and strategies to engage in difficult conversations.

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Plan Ahead With Our Teacher Checklist

View our teacher checklist for preparing to teach current events to middle and high school students. We include recommended news sources, key questions to ask yourself as you plan, and strategies for navigating emotionally difficult or complex topics.

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