Teachable Instant

January 10, 2016
Quiz   Ask students:  Which of these does NOT describe a current standoff between anti-government militants and the federal government? a)  John Joe Gray of Trinidad, Texas, bit a state trooper…
December 7, 2015
Ask students to read the quotes below aloud. "Whether or not we want to call Trump a fascist outright, then, it seems fair to say that he’s closer to the "proto-fascist" zone on the political…
November 15, 2015
  Read students this quote from Payton Head, president of the Student Association at the University of Missouri, Columbia: "I really just want to know why my simple existence is such a threat to…
October 3, 2015
Quiz Ask the class: How many of you have heard of John Boehner (pronounced BAYnor)? Is he: a) the head of the Republican Party b) a justice of the Supreme Court c) a character from Game of…
September 13, 2015
  Ask students what, if anything, they have heard about the debate over Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Elicit or explain that presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was U.S. Secretary of…
September 7, 2015
Ask students to read, or share out loud, the following:   Hurricane Katrina Anniversary Why are people marking the anniversary of a hurricane? What makes Hurricane Katrina so special that Amazon…
September 7, 2015
Share some or all of the following background information with students, or ask students to read the paragraphs silently.   A Refugee Crisis Hundreds of thousands of refugees flowed into Western…
June 7, 2015
Tell students that on June 4, 2015, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivered a major speech advocating the expansion of voter access. Among other policy changes, Clinton called for…
April 26, 2015
 The News Ask if students have heard about the furious debate now underway about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).   Elicit or explain that the TPP, if passed, would be the largest trade…
April 4, 2015
  It's all in the numbers. President Obama made a key announcement about climate change on March 31, 2015:  He unveiled the U.S.'s targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. These emissions,…