How do we know that our government is fulfilling its duties to us, the public? How do we decide what those duties are? As efforts to pass the federal budget get underway, students will have the power to re-prioritize how money is spent using the interactive tool Balancing Act. What changes will they make? Continue reading
Every Thursday night, the PBS NewsHour profiles people and their passions in the series Brief but Spectacular. Creator Steve Goldbloom and his producing partner Zach Land-Miller wanted to find a new way to share original voices the public might otherwise not see. Now you can join the fun… Continue reading
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Two sculptures located in New York City’s Financial District have artists and art appreciators locking horns in a sticky debate about art, commercial intent and public…read more
In this PBS NewsHour Extra lesson, students will explore what immigration looks like at grassroots levels across the country. Students will research if their community has programs that welcome immigrants and explore options for creating similar civic activities. Continue reading
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Net neutrality: Game over?
Still unsure about what net neutrality is? You’re not alone. Use this NewsHour lesson with your students to learn more about the issue and find out why the debate continues. Continue readingBroadband industryCable providersDebateedtecheducationFCCFederal Communications CommissionGovernment & CivicsInternetinternet service providerISPlobbynet neutralitySocial StudiesSTEMTechnology
Lesson plan: What 2017 news stories mattered most to your students?
For a fun end-of-year activity, students will create an online magazine of their top 10 news stories from 2017 to share with classmates and family members. Continue reading2017current eventsdigital literacyELAenglishEnglish & Language ArtsEnglish language learnersFlipboardGovernment & Civicslesson planmagazinemathematicsMedia Literacynew yearNew Year'snew year's resolutionnews storiesphysical educationSocial Issuessocial mediaSocial StudiesSTEM
National monuments: Whose job is it to protect public lands?
Whose land grab is it? And whose job is it to protect public lands? Explore President Trump’s decision to dramatically cut back the size of two national monuments in Utah last week with your students. Continue readingBears Ears National MonumentDepartment of the InteriorDonald TrumpenvironmentGovernment & CivicsGrand Staircase-Escalante National MonumentIndiansindigenous peoplenational monumentsnational parksNative American rightsNavajo NationPatagoniaRyan ZinkeScienceSTEMUtah
Alabama Senate race: Why special elections matter
On Tuesday, Alabama voters headed to the polls in a special election for U.S. Senate between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones. Poll results have been mixed, some putting Moore and others putting Jones ahead. Continue readingAlabama special electionDonald TrumpElectionsGovernment & CivicsMedia LiteracyRoy Mooresexual assaultsexual harassmentSocial IssuesSocial Studiesspecial election
Study guide: Impact of Southern California wildfires
Use this NewsHour lesson plan to discuss the significance of the Southern California wildfires with your students. Continue readingancient romeCalifornia wildfiresEconomicsenvironmental scienceevacuationsfire crewsfirefightershistoryincome inequalitylesson planlos angelesMedia LiteracySan DiegoSanta BarbaraSocial IssuesSocial StudiesSouthern CaliforniaVentura County