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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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PBS NewsHour Extra
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Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 1:55pm
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  • Science
  • High School
Stunning fish who were once kept as pets are destroying Florida’s coral reef ecosystem. In this PBS NewsHour lesson plan, students will learn how...
Two sculptures located in New York City’s Financial District have artists and art appreciators locking horns in a sticky debate about art, commercial...
PBS NewsHour Extra
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Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 2:04pm
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  • Multiple Subjects
  • High School
How does the food you eat make it to your kitchen table? How has technology made that process easier? In this lesson, PBS NewsHour takes a look at...
PBS NewsHour Extra
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Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 4:32pm
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  • Multiple Subjects
  • High School
Are you an empathetic person? Use these stories about individuals with disabilities, all conceived of, filmed and edited by middle and high school...
How do we know that our government is fulfilling its duties to us, the public? How do we decide what those duties are? As efforts to pass the federal...
PBS NewsHour Extra
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Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 4:59pm
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  • Multiple Subjects
  • High School
Every Thursday night, the PBS NewsHour profiles people and their passions in the series Brief but Spectacular . Creator Steve Goldbloom and his...
  • Science
  • High School
New groundbreaking technology may help improve the lives of people who are paralyzed or experienced severe limb weakness due to illness or injuries...
  • Science
  • High School
Picture your nearest river or lake. How do people use it? Are you happy with the way it is treated and its relationship to your community? In some...
On Dec. 7, 1941, the naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii was attacked by Japanese air forces. Watch this short clip about the morning of the attack...
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Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 12:34pm
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  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
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...