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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Daily News Lesson: One Indigenous man’s journey in fatherhood, addiction and healing
Listen to an Indigenous man’s story of healing, compassion, and the power of friends and family that helped him overcome his alcoholism, on this Father’s Day. Continue readingabuseaddictionalcoholismCanadacompassioncycle of abusefamilyfathers dayFirst Nationglobal reporting centerHealthindigenous peoplelesson planNative AmericansNews & Media Literacyphysical educationpublic healthSELsobrietysocial emotional learningsupportturning pointsyellowknife
Student Voice: Student inventors lead the way in UK design competition
Design Ventura invites students ages 13–16 to research, design and create a novel product. Winners have their product manufactured and sold in the museum’s shop. Continue reading#inventionEDDesign Museumdesign processDesign Venturaenvironmental issuesinnovationinventioninvention educationinvention processlearning differenceslearning disabilitiesmental healthSTEMStudent Voicesustainability
Daily News Lesson: Supreme Court rules in favor of student-athlete compensation
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Daily News Lesson: Should national parks be given (back) to Native Americans?
Hear a proposal to give U.S. national park lands to Native American tribes to manage, as part of reparations for a violent history of settling on their land Continue readingcivics & governmentcovid-19daily news lessonearth scienceHealthindigenousnational parksNative AmericansPhotographyphysical educationpublic landreparationsSocial StudiesSTEMthe atlanticUS historyyellowstone national parkyosemite national park
Daily News Lesson: Highlighting queer couples of color through photography
A photographer highlights the community of queer people of color through photos Continue readingactivismartbooksdaily news lessonJuneteenthlesson planLGBTQNews & Media LiteracyPeople of ColorPhotographyPride MonthracerepresentationSocial Issues