Classroom Lessons

Classroom Lessons

We’ve added a new feature to TeachableMoment: Teachable Instant. These short activities (5-15 minutes) aim to get your students talking about a topic in the news or on the calendar. We’ll have a new one ready for you by Monday morning of each school week.


Teachable Instant: President Obama Vetoes the XL Pipeline

This 10-15- minute activity touches on key arguments for and against the XL Pipeline proposal President Obama just vetoed.


Obama's Free College Plan

In three readings and discussion, students examine President Obama's proposal for free community college, weigh arguments for and against it, learn about the historical significance of community colleges, and consider the question, “Should all higher education be free?” 


Teachable Instant: Walmart Pay Hike

The nation's largest private employer just raised its wages. This short activity has students consider the significance of Walmart's move and what motivated it.


Black History Month: Everyday hero

This brief activity focuses on the African American girl who refused to give up her seat on the bus, months before Rosa Parks touched off the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott.


Global Divestment Day

A brief activity on the movement to get colleges, cities, churches and other entities to divest from fossil fuels, pegged to Global Divestment Day on Feb. 13-14, 2015.


Black History Month: Order v. justice

This brief activity kicks off Black History Month by examining King's letter from a Birmingham jail in light of current events. 


Obama’s free college tuition proposal

A short activity has students consider President Obama's proposal for free community college.


#JeSuisCharlie: Analyzing expressions of solidarity after the Paris attacks

Students consider responses to the attack on Charlie Hebdo from multiple points of view by examining tweets containing different expressions of solidarity, and create their own tweets.


Who owns the world’s wealth?

In this brief activity, students consider Oxfam's finding that the world's richest 1% will own half of global wealth by 2016.