Teachable Instants

Teachable Instants are weekly short activities (5-15 minutes) on current issues, ready for you every Monday morning. This is the place where you can find all of them!
Trump, Clinton & Taxes
Posted on: Oct. 16, 2016

After a quick quiz, students learn about the candidates' tax proposals and discuss our nation's complex and contentious tax policies. 


Everyday people resisting Islamophobia
Posted on: Jun. 20, 2016

In this brief Teachable Instant activity, students learn about ways that people in the U.S. and around the world have stood up to anti-Muslim bias. 


Who are the Libertarians?
Posted on: Jun. 5, 2016

In this brief Teachable Instant classroom activity, students find out about the Libertarian Party candidates on the 2016 presidential ballot, and discuss where libertarians stand on the issues. 


Your Word Against Mine: A battle over the term 'illegal alien'
Posted on: May. 22, 2016

A student at Dartmouth College touched off a successful national campaign to get the Library of Congress to stop using the term "illegal aliens" to refer to undocumented immigrants. Now a Congressional committee is challenging the move. 


Verizon Strike — and a Union Primer
Posted on: May. 8, 2016

A major strike by workers at Verizon offers a teachable moment: Why do people join unions? Why do they strike? And why are they now striking Verizon?


High School Students vs. Ted Cruz
Posted on: Apr. 30, 2016

Presidential candidate Ted Cruz's plans to speak at a Bronx high school were scrapped after students there wrote a letter to their principal describing how Cruz's views were "actively working to harm us, our community, and the people we love."  In this brief activity, students learn about this action and about Cruz's positions on the issues, and consider how they might respond if Cruz was invited to speak at their school. 


Global Shockwave: The Panama Papers
Posted on: Apr. 10, 2016

Students learn about and discuss the massive revelations included in the Panama Papers, the impact of tax avoidance on this scale, and how the story relates to the gap between rich and poor.


Voter Suppression & the 2016 Primaries
Posted on: Mar. 27, 2016

In some states, voters have stood in line for hours to cast their ballot. Why? In this short Teachable Instant activity, students explore the controversy over voter suppression in the 2016 election.


Teachable Instant: The superpowers of superdelegates
Posted on: Mar. 13, 2016

Do superdelegates subvert democracy? This brief activity includes quizzes, background and discussion on the controversy over superdelegates in the 2016 presidential election. 


Taxes: Where do the presidential candidates stand?
Posted on: Feb. 28, 2016

Students learn some basic tax terminology, explore different candidates' tax plans, and take a short quiz on taxes.