Current Issues

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

April 10, 2018
Gathering / Opening Ceremony   Project the wordcloud below on the white board or print it out and distribute, or distribute the image on this handout.  It is made up of hashtags connected to the…
April 5, 2018
  To the Teacher: Following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2018, some commentators have called for increased security on school campuses, with proposals ranging from…
March 27, 2018
Gathering   Show the following video of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Cameron Kasky, speaking at the March for Our Lives, a massive student-led protest against gun violence that took…
March 25, 2018
In this activity, structured as a circle, students reflect on memories, quotes, and photos from the student-sponsored March for Our Lives on March 24, 2018. For an introduction to the circle process…
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…