Current Issues

Classroom activities to engage students in learning about and discussing issues in the news

August 2, 2020

Students deepen their knowledge of the civil rights icon and listen to and share their thoughts and reflections.

July 20, 2020

Students read and think about what other students have to say about Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter and then share their own perspectives.  (Grades 3-6)

July 20, 2020

Students examine and reflect on other students’ art and writing about Covid and Black Lives Matter, and share their own perspectives, including through art. (Grades 6-12)

July 2, 2020

Students explore the Supreme Court's ruling protecting DACA, discuss the youth-led movement fighting to advance immigrants' rights, and consider what comes next. 

June 20, 2020

This lesson invites students to listen to and reflect on portraits of 12 Black Lives Matter protesters from across the U.S.

June 14, 2020

Students watch and discuss a short video about the history of Juneteenth and research their questions about the holiday.

June 13, 2020

This activity invites students to listen to and share music that can inspire and sustain them as they explore ways to battle oppression and push to survive and thrive during these challenging times.

June 13, 2020

The NFL has taken a new stance toward Black Lives Matter. Students consider videos by NFL players and by the NFL Commissioner - and the history of activism by Colin Kaepernick and other athletes. 

June 7, 2020

This activity has students listen to and reflect on the voices of those who are out in the street in the wake of George Floyd's murder by police. What brings them there? And what do students think and feel about it?

May 31, 2020

The police killing of George Floyd has ignited outrage, grief, and protest across the country. Here are some suggestions to give your students space to share their thoughts and feelings about these events.