Current Issues

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

March 15, 2018
To The Teacher: In the United States, we believe that each person has one vote and that each vote counts equally among all other votes. However, gerrymandering—the practice of drawing district lines…
March 13, 2018
  Gathering Display the photos below (or see this set of pdf handouts). Invite students to look closely at the photos then discuss:  What are these photos of?   What do you notice about the…
March 13, 2018
Ask students to read the information below, either silently or out loud.   Gun homicide rates are 25 times higher in the U.S. than in other wealthy countries. About 40,000  Americans die in gun-…
March 6, 2018
  Lessons on Women's History & Activism   Intersectionality: What Is It? How Can It Help Us? Students learn about the term "intersectionality," and consider what role it played in the 2017 and…
March 6, 2018
  Student Activism Web Ask students for their associations with the phrase "STUDENT ACTIVISM" and record their ideas graphically on a web chart. Making webs often stimulates creative thinking. To…
February 22, 2018
Gathering Share the following quote from the news this past week: “People say it’s too early to talk about it.  If you ask me, it’s way too late.” Invite students to consider what story in the…
February 17, 2018
To The Teacher:   In 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. launched what became his final campaign. The Poor People’s Campaign was a multiracial campaign of poor people who advocated for economic…
February 13, 2018
February 2018 began with massive losses on Wall Street. The stock market recorded historically high one-day losses and overall losses of about 5%. Investors lost about 2 trillion dollars. Analysts…
February 7, 2018
Looking for engaging activities for Black History Month? Here's a selection of relevant Teachable Moment lessons. Most are appropriate for high school students, and in some cases middle school…
February 4, 2018
To The Teacher: At the beginning of 2018, much of the country experienced cold weather, with​ some areas experiencing record-breaking low temperatures. The frigid weather led some people to ask…