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Current Events Toolkit

This toolkit provides flexible and adaptable tools and strategies for integrating current events into your teaching. 


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English — US


  • Civics & Citizenship
  • History
  • Social Studies


  • Democracy & Civic Engagement


About This Toolkit

Our current events toolkit offers tools and strategies to help teachers organize discussions on current events in their classrooms. We recommend that teachers who are just getting started addressing current events with their students—or who are looking to learn new strategies for engaging students in discussions about the news or controversial topics—begin by exploring the resources in the toolkit.

This toolkit is designed to be flexible. You can use all of the resources or choose a selection best suited to your classroom. It includes:

  • Tools for organizing discussions about current events
  • Recommended teaching strategies

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