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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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Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 3:01pm
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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...
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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...
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Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 3:06pm
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Delve into this 50-minute activity for a better understanding of Campaign Finance Law.
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Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 10:50am
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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...
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Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 10:52am
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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...
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Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 12:59pm
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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...
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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...
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Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 2:11pm
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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.
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Monday, September 24, 2018 - 3:21pm
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The National Rifle Association has deep pockets. It donates small amounts of money to candidates when compared to the large sums it spends on potent...
A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off  from historic launch pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Feb. 6, 2018.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 8:10am
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SpaceX, a private aeronautics company, wants to colonize the Red Planet, which means today’s students could be the first humans in history to live on...