Using the standards and resources of PBS’s NewsHour, PBS NewsHour Extra provides middle and high school 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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What are the Primaries and Caucuses? – Lesson Plan
In this NewsHour Extra lesson plan, students will learn about the primaries and caucuses ahead of Election 2020. Continue readingcaucusesDemocratic Partyelection 2020Government & CivicsIowa caucusIowa caucuseslesson planNational Party ConventionsnevadaNevada CaucusNevada caucusesprimariesRepublican PartySocial StudiesSuper Civics 2020Vote 2020
Educator Voice: Why “There is no better superhero – fictional or not” than John Lewis
Photo courtesy: Top Shelf Productions by Tim Smyth, social studies teacher, Wissahickon High School, Ambler, Pennsylvania…Civil Rights Movementcomic bookcomicsEducator VoiceELAenglishEnglish & Language Artsgraphic novelJohn LewisMarchSocial StudiesUS history
Super Civics 2020: Nevada Democratic debate
In this NewsHour lesson plan, check out the latest in Election 2020 and the Democratic debate in Nevada. Continue reading#DemDebateelection 2020lesson planMike BloombergnevadaNevada caucusesNews & Media LiteracypollpollingPollsprimariesSuper Civics 2020Vote 2020
Sanders wins New Hampshire primary, candidates look to Nevada, S.C.
In this NewsHour “Super Civics 2020” lesson, get the latest on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ win in New Hampshire primary and what’s next in Election 2020. Continue readingBernie SandersDemocratselection 2020Government & CivicsIowa caucusIowa caucusesKlobucharnevadaNew HampshireNew Hampshire primaryNews & Media LiteracyPete ButtigiegprimariesSocial StudiesStudent VoiceStudent VoicesSuper Civics 2020Vote 2020
Student Voice: Here’s what I saw wrong with the Iowa caucus
by Jennifer Hellwig, senior, Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois Before my classmates and I…election 2020Iowa caucusIowa caucusesprimariesStudent VoiceSuper Civics 2020Vote 2020