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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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Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 9:48pm
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  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
Compare the style and content of two major speeches given by President Barack Obama and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Analyze the “Four Big...
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Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 9:26pm
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With news of the National Football League hiring their first full-time female coach in history, classes will explore gender identity and stereotypes...
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 11:42pm
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Check out PBS NewsHour Extra’s #StoryBeyondTheStore Instagram activity that delves into the stories behind local businesses and asks the question: Is...
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Friday, July 15, 2016 - 1:33pm
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  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
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...

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Monday, March 5, 2018 - 12:33pm
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  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
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...
  • Social Studies
  • High School
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...
  • Social Studies
  • Middle School
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...
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 1:52pm
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  • Social Studies
  • Middle School
Much of the news media’s coverage of presidential candidates typically focuses on either the candidates’ policy stances or image. In addition to the...
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Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 11:12am
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  • Social Studies
  • High School
Much of the media’s coverage of presidential candidates typically focuses on either the candidates’ policy stances or image. In addition to the...
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Friday, August 4, 2017 - 3:28pm
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  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
After completing the lesson, have students share their thoughts about the media via social media! Using the Twitter #DecodingMediaBias , answer the...