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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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“I Have a Dream” Speech as Visual Text
Help your students connect to the rich imagery of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech by learning the history of the speech and then...
Neuroscience and Zombies Autopsies Unit
  • Multiple Subjects
  • High School
These original lessons build upon each other and have an accompanying plot line where the world is fighting a zombie apocalypse and the best and the...
Middle School: How to Teach Your Students About Fake News
  • Multiple Subjects
  • Middle School
Fake news is making news, and it's a problem. This lesson gives students media literacy skills they need to navigate the media, including how to spot...
High School: How to Teach Your Students About Fake News
  • Multiple Subjects
  • High School
Fake news is making news, and it's a problem. This lesson gives students media literacy skills they need to navigate the media, including how to spot...
Introduction to Human Rights Lesson Plan
Use this lesson from NewsHour Extra to introduce human rights to your students. Students will explore and learn why it is necessary to have an agreed...
Labor Day Lesson Plan: Unions Today
  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS
This lesson provides information on the contemporary role of the union and helps students to authentically understand the process of negotiations...
Lesson Plan: An Attack on Syria-What Would You Do?
This lesson introduces students to contemporary U.S.- International relations as well as provides a simulation to put students in the shoes of the...
March on Washington: Basic Resources
  • Multiple Subjects
  • Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, MS, HS
Here are three great resources designed to support the March on Washington Lesson Plans and Resources: 1. The 50th Anniversary of the March on...
The Greatest Sacrifice - Veterans Day Activities
  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS
A robust lesson plan designed to help students learn about Veterans Day and the issues facing veterans today. Includes videos, an interactive...
Lesson Plan: Bot or not? How fake social media accounts influence voting
  • Multiple Subjects
  • High School
Social media is an important tool for learning about current events and practicing active and informed citizenship. However, fake Twitter accounts...