Social Issues

Do smartphones cause sleep problems, anxiety and depression in kids?


Earlier this month, two of Apple’s big shareholders called on the maker of the iPhone to come up with ways for parents to restrict their kids’ phone use and study the effects that heavy usage has on mental health. Continue reading

Lesson Plan: Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech as a work of literature

Lesson Plan

Students will study Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and discuss the rhetorical influences on King’s speech, the oratorical devices that King used in delivering his speech and how a speech is similar to/different from other literary forms. Continue reading

DACA debate upended by President’s explicit language


Today’s Daily News Story contains explicit language that lawmakers say President Donald Trump used at a meeting while discussing immigration. The text below reflects the latest updates in the story. Continue reading

Community service: Teaching kindness for kindness’ sake


As the holiday season draws to a close, ask students to reflect on the meaning of empathy and kindness. In this daily news story, Extra looks at the impact and meaning of community service and why the winter break may be a more challenging time for students than many people may realize. Continue reading

Lesson plan: What 2017 news stories mattered most to your students?

Lesson Plan

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 reading

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