25 Great Ideas for Teaching Current Events
What can be done to raise students' interest in and awareness of the stories making the headlines? Education World offers 25 activities intended to help teachers make use of newspapers and to help students make sense of the news. Also included is a list of additional activities and resources.
100 Ways to Use the Newspaper
This site provides examples by grade level and subject for using media to enhance curriculum.
Choices curricula are designed to make complex international issues understandable and meaningful for students. The website features a special section devoted to teaching with the news.
CNN Student News
CNN Student News is a ten-minute, commercial-free, daily news program for middle and high school students. CNN Student News provides teacher materials including daily transcripts for each show, daily discussion questions, the Media Literacy Question of the Day, in-depth learning activities, downloadable maps, and additional support materials to help students understand the news.
C-SPAN Classroom offers videos and news clips that help all teachers and students better understand our national government and current political events. Video tutorials help educators effectively use C-SPAN's Constitution Clips, the digital library, and provide strategies for using C-SPAN as a debate starter and for classroom simulations.
Curriki is an online environment created to support the development and free distribution of world-class educational materials. Search for resources by grade, subject, or type. Special collections provide resources for teaching about current events.
The Learning Network
Every weekday The Learning Network offers new educational resources based on the articles, photographs, videos, illustrations, podcasts, and graphics published in The New York Times. Lessons can be used across subject areas and levels.
Link TV broadcasts programs that engage, educate, and activate viewers to become involved in the world. These programs provide a unique perspective on international news, current events, and diverse cultures, presenting issues not often covered in the U.S. media.
Through a special agreement with more than 800 newspapers, Newseum displays front pages from across the globe each day on its website. Newseum offers lesson plans
for teachers in three main areas: headlines of history, journalism, and the First Amendment.
One Article a Day
About Face International (AFI) is a non-profit organization that fosters ideas of change by promoting discussion of current events in schools and communities. AFI also invests in youth social entrepreneurs and philanthropists who want to make a difference. Through One Article a Day, educators can have current events articles emailed to them daily, along with resources and support for using them in their classrooms and curriculum.
Scholastic News Online
Scholastic news online provides news for kids, as well as teacher tools and
World-Newspapers.com provides links to thousands of news sources covering many countries and many subjects. All listed sites are in English and provide free online content.