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PBS NewsHour Extra helps teachers and students identify the who, what, where and why-it-matters of the major national and international news stories. The site combines the best of NewsHour's reliable, trustworthy news program with lesson plans developed specifically for students. Standards-aligned resources cover subject areas, including government and civics, STEM, social studies, English, the arts, economics and media literacy. Engaging and thoughtful discussion questions ask students to explore all sides of an issue and extension activities ensure students go beyond just the headlines.

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Nobel Prize in Medicine-Neuroscience Lesson Plan
This active and informative neuroscience/biology lesson plan celebrates the 2013 Nobel Prize for Medicine. Students are introduced to the neuron and...
Remembering Nelson Mandela
  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
This lesson plan includes a rich video resource that runs 18 minutes and an ELA writing activity.
Lessons from Football: The impact of concussions
  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS
This lesson is intended to be used with the PBS FRONTLINE documentary “League of Denial” and supports student learning by contextualizing the...
Russia and the Olympics: a brief background
  • Reading Standards for Informational Text
  • MS, HS
Use this informational text to provide your students with the background on Russia and the Olympics to get them ready for the Olympic Games in Sochi.
The Olympics: Body and Mind
  • Reading Standards for Informational Text
  • MS, HS
Use this lesson plan to teach students about mental health and the Olympic Games.
Human rights and the Olympic Games Lesson 2
  • Reading Standards for Informational Text
  • MS, HS
Use this lesson to teach students about the important role human rights and activism has played in the Olympics.
Human rights and the Olympic Games Lesson 3
  • Speaking and Listening
  • MS, HS
Use this lesson to explain the human rights debate around LGBT rights and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Students will analyze the...
Human rights and the Olympic Games Lesson 4
  • Speaking and Listening
  • MS, HS
Use this lesson to explain the human rights debate around LGBT rights and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Students will analyze the...
Toxic Trial
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2016
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This mock trial puts four groups on trial for environmental pollution in the U.S. There are 20 roles for students to take on from lawyers to...
Understand the grand jury ruling on Michael Brown
  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
This digital guide for the classroom is a collection of the latest videos and informational texts designed to inform students as well as give them a...