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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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Small Business and Local History in America - PBS
  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS
Check out PBS NewsHour Extra’s #StoryBeyondTheStore Instagram activity that delves into the stories behind local businesses and asks the question: Is...
hamilton mural
A popular new hip-hop show on Broadway chronicles one of the nation’s founding fathers and his “rags to riches” story. “Hamilton” stars playwright...
March on Washington: A Time for Change
Students will learn about the March on Washington and how it took place during a time of great change known as the Civil Rights Movement. Use this...
From Selma to Montgomery: Voting Rights Act 1965
Students will learn about the 1965 marches from Selma to Montgomery during the Civil Rights Movement. They will examine the Voting Rights Act of 1965...
student writing about hamilton
About 20,000 public high school students from low-income neighborhoods across New York City had the chance to see “Hamilton,” the hit Broadway hip-...
High School: Debating Our Destiny: Do Presidential Debates Matter?
The presidential debates have been an important part of the U.S. election process for decades, but how much do they really influence voters? In this...
Middle School: Debating Our Destiny: Do Presidential Debates Matter?
The presidential debates have been an important part of the U.S. election process for decades, but how much do they really influence voters? In this...
Fun Facts About Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
Much of the news media’s coverage of presidential candidates typically focuses on either the candidates’ policy stances or image. In addition to the...
Fun Facts About Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
Much of the media’s coverage of presidential candidates typically focuses on either the candidates’ policy stances or image. In addition to the...
PBS NewsHour Extra - Decoding Media Bias Lesson Plan
  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS
After completing the lesson, have students share their thoughts about the media via social media! Using the Twitter #DecodingMediaBias , answer the...