Using the standards and resources of PBS’s NewsHour, PBS NewsHour Extra provides 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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Teacher Voice: The hard work of softening resistance to trauma-informed teaching
by Melissa Monzyk, English teacher, Ritenour High School, St. Louis, Missouri I love teaching…ACEadverse childhood experiencesAlive and WellAmerica's Promise AlliancecdcCenters for Disease Control and PreventioncrimeeducationEvery School Healthy campaignMissouripovertyrestorative justiceschool disciplineschool to prison pipelineSt. LouisstudentsTIPtraumatrauma informed teachingtrauma-informed educatortrauma-informed practices
Study guide: Alabama and Missouri pass laws restricting access to abortion
Use this NewsHour lesson with your students to learn more about the recent wave of state laws restricting abortion. Continue readingabortionAlabama abortion lawAmerican Historyanti-abortionconstitutionDemocratsDonald Trumpelection 2020Government & Civicshealth carelesson planPresidential Electionpro-choiceProcon.orgRepublicansRoe v. WadeSocial Studiesstate legislaturesSupreme Courtsupreme court casesUS Governmentwomen's rights
Study guide: What’s happening in Venezuela?
Use this NewsHour lesson to learn more about the political situation in Venezuela. Continue readingasylumEconomicsfamilyGeographyGovernment & CivicsHugo ChavezimmigrantsimmigrationIvette FelicianoJuan Guaidolesson planNicolas MaduroPBS NewsHour WeekendPoliticsSocial StudiesVenezuelaworld historyZachary Green
Teacher Voice: Want to appreciate teachers? Then put an end to gun violence
by Hayley Breden, high school social studies teacher, Denver, Colorado Every May, there are…coloradogun violenceschool shootingsSTEM School shootingteacher appreciation dayteacher appreciation weekteacher voice
Ways to discuss school shootings with students after STEM School and UNCC
Use this NewsHour lesson plan to discuss the effects of school shootings on students and teachers. Continue readingamerican cultureAmerican HistorycoloradoDenverELAenglishGovernment & Civicsgun controlgun reformgun violenceGunsmass shootingsschool safetyschool securityschool shootingsSTEMSTEM School shootingUNCC shootingUniversity North Carolina Charlotte