Current Affairs Teacher Resources
Make history relevant and keep your class informed about important things happening in the world today. Help learners read primary and news sources with a critical eye for bias and detail, and consider possible solutions for issues facing the modern world.
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How Quantum Mechanics Explains Global Warming
5 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
What do quantum mechanics and global warming have to do with each other? More than you might think. Surprisingly, this video explains how it's not the energy emitted from the sun that causes the problem, but how the infrared radiation...
Lesson: Mixing Metaphors across Current Events and Literature
6th - 12th
Expression, current events, and art can go hand-in-hand. After analyzing a multi-media piece entitled, Trade Canoe for Don Quixote, the class explores their own expressive process. They create collages that show a current event or issue...
Writing Exercises: Conflicts and Change in the Middle East, #2
9th - 11th
A lot has been going on in the Middle East the past 20 years. Your class can read and then write to describe the US and Soviet involvement in the Iran-Iraq War, how Islamic fundamentalism impacts world politics, and Egypt's role in the...
Global Climate Change: The Effects of Global Warming
9th - 12th
Students study the concepts of global warming and climate change as they relate to the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. They examine the changes in glacial ice in relation to global warming. They decide how human activities,...
Breaking the Muslim Monolith: Exploring Stereotypes
9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Bringing to light our own tendencies to stereotype is a key step toward becoming open-minded and informed members of a world community. Use this rich resource to discuss the harmful effects of stereotyping, as well as to consider the...
Global Warming and Hurricanes: Is an Increase in the Number of Stronger Hurricanes an Indicator of Global Warming
Ninth graders investigate whether stronger hurricanes are signs of global warming. In this environmental science lesson, 9th graders research both sides of the issue about global warming. They debate for or against this issue in class.
Illuminating Climate Change: Connecting Lighting and Global Warming
9th - 12th
Learners analyze energy usage and connect energy usage to fossil fuel consumption. In this global warming and pollution lesson, students what fuels are used to generate electricity and how much CO2 each fuel produces, then graph the...
13 Misconceptions About Global Warming
7 mins 9th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
With so much information floating around about global warming, how can we tell what's really going on? Examine the evidence through a video from Veritasium to sift through everything we hear. The narrator presents convincing data when...
Writing Exercises: Conflicts and Change in the Middle East, #1
9th - 11th
The postwar Jewish migration to Israel, the difficulties achieving peace in the Middle East, and the role the Middle East plays in global economics are the questions your clever class can answer. They'll show what they know as they...
Food, the Carbon Cycle and Global Warming
6th - 12th
New ReviewAs the world population increases, demands on the carbon cycle also increase. A well-designed lesson first explores the greenhouse effect and its impact on global warming. Further sections have pupils study the effect of greenhouse gases...
Carbon Dioxide and Global Warming: What is the Evidence?
7th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
China, the United States, Russia, India, and Japan each emit more than billion tons of carbon dioxide very year. The first installment in a series of five lessons investigates a myriad of data to relate carbon dioxide levels and global...
Writing Exercises: Conflicts and Change in the Middle East, #3
10th - 11th
Your class is going to be discussing some hot topics today. This set of three essay questions covers multiple aspects of the conflict in the Middle East. They'll discuss the Iranian Hostage Crisis, define PLO (Palestine Liberation...
Getting to the Core: The Link Between Temperature and Carbon Dioxide
6th - 10th
Polar ice samples provide scientists with valuable information about the condition of the atmosphere for hundreds of thousands of years in the past. Of particular interest is the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and its...
Global Warming: How Humans are Affecting Our Planet
8 mins 4th - 8th
Earth's temperatures are slowly rising as a result of increased greenhouse gases being trapped. Humans contribute to this effect by burning quite a bit of fossil fuels. The danger of sea levels rising is a real threat that we need to...
Simulation on The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
9th - Higher Ed
How do you solve a conflict that's been around for so many years? Scholars discover the viewpoints of stakeholders in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during an emotionally charged simulation. A facilitator moderates discussions between...
Conflict in Israel and Palestine: Crash Course World History 223
13 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
The pupils in your class have never known a time without constant conflict between the countries in the Middle East. An informative video from Crash Course World History covers the history of the Israeli/Palestine situation, the battle...
Vantage Point: Multiple Perspective
6th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Explore current events through multiple lenses by comparing social media coverage with a national news article. Although you can easily apply this to a more recent event, this analysis focuses on the 2012 shooting in Aurora, CO. Learners...
Cartoons for the Classroom: Joseph Wilson Accuses the President
9th - 12th
Get a fun discussion going with this current events instructional activity, which has scholars analyzing 2 political cartoons about an incident in 2009, when Congressman Joseph Wilson accused President Barack Obama of lying during a...
Global Warming - The Heat is On: Global Climate Change Revisited
6th - 8th
After listening to your lecture on climate change, young scientists access NOAA's database listing Mauna Loa's carbon dioxide data. They graph the monthly means and then compare their graphs to NOAA's. This is a concise plan that could...
Debating Controversial Issues: Integrating Science and Current Events
9th - 12th
In order to give young scientists experience with critical thinking skills, introduce them to a current controversy and prepare them to debate. Choose a topic, such as genetically modified organisms, and assign groups to represent...
How Burning Fossil Fuels Leads to Climate Change
5 mins 9th - 12th
Do our vehicles really contribute to global warming? In part five of an eight-video series, pupils learn the mechanisms by which car emissions turn into greenhouse gases. Through animation, the class sees how the natural greenhouse...
Svalbard Islands and Our Community
6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
The LeConte glacier, located in Alaska, has retreated 2.5 miles over the last 80 years. Through an inquiry-based activity, individuals analyze glaciers found throughout the world and their changes over time. They then measure a model of...
Annotated Example of Socratic Questioning: Climate: Global Warming
9th - 12th
High schoolers compare and discuss short-term and longer-term global temperature data. They evaluate data from three sets of graphs and then participate in a structured whole class Socratic discussion on the possible causes of climate...
The Day After Tomorrow: How is the Density of Water Related to Climate Change and Global Warming?
6th - 8th
Science learners simulate what happens when ice breaks up and floats on water and how increased pressure on ice causes it to melt faster. They view a clip from the movie, The Day After Tomorrow, and relate their lab activities to what...
The Affect of Water Temperature on Living Organisms
9th - 12th
Students examine the environmental impact of global warming. In this environmental science lesson plan, students design and conduct an experiment about the effect of temperature on paramecia. They write a lab report about their experiment.
Cartoons for the Classroom: Oh, What's the Next Crisis?
10th - 12th
As scholars examine a simple political cartoon, they consider some of the crises of 2009: oil, foreign wars, energy, global warming, Swine Flu, etc. A list is provided for background information, and 3 talking points (or writing points)...
Cartoons for the Classrooms: Wall Street Financial Meltdown
9th - 12th
Combine two current events (2008) in one political cartoon. This handout examines the Large Hadron Collider, a scientific invention that caused a sudden fear of black holes, and the financial meltdown on Wall Street. Background...
An Attack on Syria- What Would You Do?
7th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Has United States military intervention in the conflicts of other countries always been warranted? After reviewing a brief background on contemporary US conflicts and reading articles describing the civil war in Syria, your learners...
The Greenhouse Effect and Me: How Do We Affect Each Other?
Ninth graders create a model of greenhouse effect in the lab. In this integrated science lesson plan, 9th graders investigate the different variables affecting this condition. They research about global warming and prepare a PowerPoint...