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A Conversation With White People On Race

Another film from Op-Docs at the New York Times, this documentary features interviews with white people on the challenges of talking about race, and even realizing that they are part of a race too.  learn more

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C-SPAN Classroom: Lesson Plans

This section of the website is designed to enhance social studies curriculums by providing teachers with structured lesson plans that examine a variety of topics and are supplemented with video clips of related C-SPAN programming. Our lessons are separated into categories commonly studied in social studies curriculums. Our lessons contain an overview, vocab words, suggested…  learn more

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Facing History: Current Events

Explore classroom resources for making connections between current events and your curriculum, including activities and discussion strategies for high school and middle school students.  learn more

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Help Teaching: Online Self-Paced Current Events Lessons

Our social studies lessons are designed to help students learn geography, U.S. history, world history, and traits of government, as well as help students build the critical thinking skills they need to experience success with any social studies curriculum. Many of our lessons contain a short introduction, followed by an embedded video created by Help…  learn more

PBS LearningMedia: Social Studies Shorts

Social Studies Shorts is a new series from KET that explores social studies and civics topics, from here in Kentucky to the nation and the world. Episodes are accompanied by discussion prompts, activity ideas, vocabulary and a short printable quiz. Social Studies Shorts is designed to give further context to common topics found in News Quiz - a weekly current events show just for students - like the branches of government, global organizations, notable figures and more.  learn more

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Teach Current Events With These Free Worksheets From The Week Junior

The benefits of using current events in the classroom are practically endless. News stories help students better understand their communities, new perspectives, and real-world events. Introducing current events in the classroom can promote critical thinking, empathy, reading skills, global awareness, and so much more. Whether you’re assigning weekly current events summaries or conducting a single…  learn more

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TeachersFirst's September 11 Resources

This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help students understand the events of September 11, 2001, and to plan lessons or discussions so students can see the events of September 11 in connection with history, current events, and the challenges and balances of national security. Whether you stop to observe September 11…  learn more

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Teaching Kids News

Every story is in kid-friendly language and appropriate for kids in grades 3 to 8. Beyond just making the vocabulary accessible, we provide context for everything in each news story, so kids can understand what’s going on, and why. In the curriculum connections we encourage kids to think critically not only about the story itself,…  learn more

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Teaching Tolerance

Teaching Tolerance, part of the web site, serves as a clearinghouse of information about anti-bias programs and activities. Their goal is to present some of the more innovative, useful initiatives found to date. Teaching Tolerance also produces and distributes free anti-bias materials for classroom use.  learn more

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Twenty-Five Great Ideas for Teaching Current Events

Looking for ways to work news into your classroom curriculum? Check out these great ideas for connecting current events to all subjects. Education World is pleased to offer 25 activities -- activities intended to help teachers make use of newspapers and the internet to help students make sense of the news. Also included, at the…  learn more

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Understanding Prejudice

Understanding Prejudice is aimed at teenagers. It provides surveys and links. This site is well-organized and factual.  learn more