Current Issues

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

An expanded guide of fiction to engage your students in an imaginative exploration of the climate crisis (updated July 2023).

Student unions have successfully taken on issues ranging from student bus passes to assault weapons bans. What are they?

Students learn about Juneteenth, share family histories, and explore resources on the holiday and current efforts to erase aspects of American history and the role of Black people in it. 

Students learn about and discuss why child labor violations are growing in the U.S. today, how people successfully fought child labor in the past, and what can be done about it today.

Elementary students hear the Banana Boat song, learn about Belafonte, and sing their own call-and-response song about justice.

A listing of novels and movies for high school students and adults exploring dystopic futures and the social and practical effects of climate change.

A listing of novels that take a positive, visionary approach to the subject of climate change, focusing on fighting and adapting to climate change. Includes discussion questions. 

A listing of short stories on climate, with discussion questions to get your class reading, writing, and discussing climate fiction. 

Looking for ways to engage your students in environmental issues and the climate crisis? Here are some of our latest lessons. 

Students explore how massive new climate legislation might affect their lives and how climate activists are using it to propel greater change.