Classroom Lessons

Classroom Lessons

We’ve added a new feature to TeachableMoment: Teachable Instant. These short activities (5-15 minutes) aim to get your students talking about a topic in the news or on the calendar. We’ll have a new one ready for you by Monday morning of each school week.


Teachable Instant: Vanuatu Cyclone & Climate Change

Students learn about the cyclone that devastated the Pacific nation of Vanuatu on March 14, 2015, and how it relates to climate change, then send a message to Vanuatu's UN representative.


Women's History Month: 3 Civil Rights Activists Who Changed History

Through reading, discussion, and small group activities, students learn about three relatively unknown women in the civil rights movement: Diane Nash, Virginia Durr, and Claudette Colvin.  


Ferguson police shootings: considering the responses

Students consider nonviolence and violence by discussing the reactions of activists, the police, and others to the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, MO, on March 12, 2015.  


Teachable Instant on Women's History: Frances Perkins

In this brief Teachable Instant activity, students learn about the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire (104 years ago on March 25) and about Perkins, who would not agree to become FDR's secretary of labor until he met nine bold demands. 


Just asking? Or anti-Semitism?

Students consider anti-Semitism through reading, discussing, and writing about a recent controversial incident at UCLA.


The DOJ's Report on Ferguson

Students learn about and discuss  the US Department of Justice's report on the Ferguson Police Department and consider reforms that would address the injustices described in the report. 


Teachable Instant on Women’s History: Personal is Political

This brief activity marks Women's History Month by exploring a key phrase in the women's movement during the 1960s and 70s. Also see this Women's History Month activity


Teachable Instant: President Obama Vetoes the XL Pipeline

This 10-15-minute activity touches on key arguments for and against the XL Pipeline proposal President Obama just vetoed.


Obama's Free College Plan

In three readings and discussion, students examine President Obama's proposal for free community college, weigh arguments for and against it, learn about the historical significance of community colleges, and consider the question, “Should all higher education be free?”