Current Issues

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

November 13, 2018
I’ve received many texts and calls from family, friends, and colleagues since the Trump administration announced its plan to redefine “sex discrimination” under Title IX, the federal civil rights law…
November 8, 2018
  A shooting on November 7 at a bar in California during an event for college students left at least 12 people dead, and added to widespread feelings of anxiety and sadness across the country.  At…
October 29, 2018
  To the Teacher   Circles are a powerful way for people to come together, share their thoughts and feelings, be heard, bear witness, mourn, and heal together. Below are suggestions for a…
October 28, 2018
  To the Teacher:  During October 2018, thousands of Central American men, women and children have been making their way north from Honduras, through Guatemala and Mexico, towards the U.S. border. …
October 25, 2018
Opening   Ask students: “Do you know what will happen on November 6, 2018?” Elicit or explain that even though there is no presidential election this year, the midterm elections will allow…
October 21, 2018
  To the Teacher:  Consider combining this lesson with our concurrent lesson about the lawsuit young people have brought against the government: Young People's Suit Over Climate Disruption Comes to…
October 20, 2018
To the Teacher Is there anything that young people can do to take on the urgent challenge of climate change? Twenty-one youth activists from around the country believe there is, and they have…
October 18, 2018
Note to teacher:   This lesson places arguments from President Trump alongside arguments from immigration advocates, and asks students to analyze the reasoning of both sides. The lesson can…
October 14, 2018
To the Teacher:   2018 is the 50th anniversary of a landmark protest at the Miss America beauty pageant. The protest was part of a new period of feminist activism—one with renewed significance in…
October 11, 2018
  Objective: Students will be able to communicate their views about a political issue in a letter to the editor.     Note to the teacher: Before teaching this lesson, identify a local paper…