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Sep 15, 2010

Students talk about their cultural heritage, watch an online video about American Muslims, discuss their understanding of Islam and Muslims, and share their own experiences of

Sep 08, 2010

A student reading provides an excerpt from Judge Walker's ruling that California's Prop 8 is unconstitutional and describes competing opinions on gay marriage. A critical thinking

Sep 01, 2010

A brief student reading suggesting the dimensions of the crisis is followed by suggestions for student discussion and inquiry, and ways to translate compassion into action.

Aug 30, 2010

Three student readings describe plans for the controversial center, multiple perspectives about it, and an overview of mosque protests in New York City and elsewhere. Suggestions

Aug 23, 2010

Alan Shapiro's essay challenges us to consider current education policies and what real reform might look like.

Aug 04, 2010

President Obama continues to maintain that Al Qaeda and the Taliban"threaten America and its allies." Is he right? Three student readings present some of the basic background

Jul 14, 2010

The internet is loaded with information--but much of it is inaccurate. Three student readings examine three reliable factchecking sources--Snopes, FactCheck, and PolitiFact.

Jun 23, 2010

Three student readings consider a new study by Physicians for Human Rights of the Bush administration's use of health professionals to monitor "enhanced" interrogations, reactions

Jun 16, 2010

Students learn about the Texas Board of Education's controversial new standards and consider whether they approve of ten items included in the new standards.

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Mar 16, 2012

IRAQ WAR 9th anniversary See our index of the many lessons TeachableMoment has offered on the war since 2003.

Mar 06, 2012

What is the human cost of an iPad? The labor conditions at factories making Apple products have been in the public spotlight lately. While Apple is not unique in using low-wage

Feb 14, 2012

Students define the terms "prejudice" "stereotype" and "discrimination," read an an article about a group of vets who took a stand against discrimination, and consider the role of

Feb 12, 2012

Students view a clip from Colbert's Comedy Central show about his Super PAC, then read and discuss several views on the role of Colbert's spoof of the election process.

Feb 12, 2012

Classroom lessons to foster respect for diversity, a concrete way for schools to mark Respect for All Week.

Jan 22, 2012

In the wake of the NY Giants' Super Bowl victory, this lesson contrasts the Giants' style of coaching and leading with that of the Jets, a team the Giants recently defeated. In the