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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Brooks & Capehart Classroom Resource: Biden’s agenda and Trump’s impeachment
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Inauguration special: Gen Z discuss hopes for the future of democracy
DOWNLOAD VIDEO Directions: Read the summary, watch the videos and answer the discussion questions below.…election 2020Gen ZGovernment & CivicsinaugurationInauguration DayJoe BidenNews & Media LiteracyPoliticsSocial Issuessocial justiceSocial StudiesSRLstudent reporting labsyouth activism
Lessons and stories from Inauguration Day
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Lesson Plan: Discuss 22-year-old Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem “The Hill We Climb”
In this NewsHour lesson, students will examine the message and goals of poet Amanda Gorman as she prepares to speak at the presidential inauguration. Continue readingamanda gormanelection 2020englishEnglish & Language ArtsGovernment & CivicsInauguration Dayinauguration poemjill bidenJoe BidenNews & Media Literacypoetryremote learningSocial Studiesthe miracle of morning
Brooks & Capehart classroom resource: A transformative two weeks for the U.S.
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