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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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Lesson plan: Civic engagement and how students can get involved
What rights and abilities do you have as a U.S. citizen when it comes to advocating for issues you believe in? Use the lesson plan below to discuss...
Lesson plan: Civic engagement and how students can get involved
What rights and abilities do you have as a U.S. citizen when it comes to advocating for issues you believe in? Use the lesson plan below to discuss...
Connection Challenge: Students leave social comfort zones to build stronger, safer communities
Inspired by Parkland students, three schools across the U.S. participated in the Connection Challenge as a way to step out of their comfort zones and...
Lesson Plans: Understanding Campaign Finance Law
Delve into this 50-minute activity for a better understanding of Campaign Finance Law. Like this resource on the Campaign Finance Law? Check out more...
How Chicago communities are trying to stop gun violence
  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS
Sixty-six people were shot over the weekend in Chicago, and behind those numbers are stories of the victims and their families. Nick Schifrin talks...
Smart guns exist. Why aren’t they on the market?
  • Current Events
  • High School
As a high school science fair project, Kai Kloepfer developed a handgun that can only be activated by its owner’s fingerprints. He was 15 at the time...
A guide to the gun bills in Congress
In this March 14, 2018 article, we read about thousands of students expected to walk out of class to protest gun violence and call for action from...
This photographer chronicles what gun violence looks like, for those who survive
  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS
Photographer Kathy Shorr’s daughter was 16 months old when they were robbed at gunpoint in Shorr’s New York City apartment. The robbers stole cash...
Gun violence spreads like an infectious disease, new research finds
  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS
Gun violence in Chicago spreads like an infectious disease — and now, researchers have figured out a way to predict who’s most likely get sick next...
How the NRA flexes its political muscle
The National Rifle Association (NRA) has deep pockets. It donates small amounts of money to candidates when compared to the large sums it spends on...