Using the standards and resources of PBS’s NewsHour, PBS NewsHour Extra provides students and teachers with quality educational resources based on current issues and events.
Extra’s mission is to help middle and high school students understand world events and national issues and answer the question, “Why should I care about the news?”
Extra helps educators spark young people’s interest in the world around them by:
a) providing news articles written for students with the background and context needed to understand complex topics,
b) creating high-quality, free lesson plans and teaching tools that make it easy to bring current events and issues into the classroom, and
c) offering an outlet for young people to speak out on issues important to them by publishing original work, including essays and video reports. These student works are directly related to the news and give adults insight into how events affect young people.
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Study guide: How separating children from parents became U.S. government policy
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North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump meet face-to-face
President Donald Trump announced plans on Monday morning to depart early from his summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, according to White House officials, stating that nuclear talks with North Korea have moved “more quickly than expected.” Continue readingDonald TrumpGovernment & CivicshistoryKim Jong UnKoreaKorean WarMedia LiteracyNorth Koreanuclear weaponsSocial StudiesTrump-Kim summit
“RBG” film traces Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s continuing fight for equality
“I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks,” states Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a new documentary about her life. Continue readingdaily news storydocumentarygenderGovernment & Civicsjudicial branchlesson planMedia LiteracyNewsHour BookshelfPBSRBGRuth Bader Ginsburgsexismsexual discriminationSocial StudiesSupreme Court
Connection Challenge: Students leave social comfort zones to build stronger, safer communities
Inspired by Parkland students, schools across the U.S. participated in the Connection Challenge as a way to step out of their comfort zones and connect with other young people at school who they wouldn’t normally interact with. Continue readingactivismadvisoryApril 20th WalkoutELAempathyFlorida shootingGovernment & Civicsgun violenceGunshomeroomNational School Walkoutparklandschool communityschool shootingssnapchatSocial IssuesSocial StudiesSRLstudent protestsstudent reporting labswalkout
Santa Fe study guide: Have school shootings become part of American culture?
Learn about the lives of the eight students and two teachers killed in the school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas on Friday, May 18th. Continue reading#NeverAgainAssociated PressBullyingcivics & governmentDmitrios Pagourtzisgendergirlsgun controlgun reformmass shootingsMedia Literacynews literacyparklandSanta Feschool shootingsSocial IssuesSocial Studies