SEL and Current Events Lessons

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Teaching Current Events and Divisive Issues

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More Resources on Current Events in the Classroom

This is a link to my Google Drive that includes every lesson plan or classroom resource I’ve created to link current events to my curriculum, including curriculum connections, writing prompts, and document analysis activities.

My Top Five Resources for Current Events in the Classroom

  1. Anti-Social Studies Season 2: I mean, obviously. This is my podcast that covers the historical context of current events (available on this website, iTunes, Spotify, and Stitcher).
  2. CNN 10: Daily 10-minute videos summarizing major news stories
  3. “The Learning Network” (New York Times): Resources for using NY Times articles in the classroom, including “Article of the Day,” news quizzes, and lesson plans linked with articles
  4. “Crash Course – Current Events”: The Vlog Brothers (John and Hank Green) occasionally make short videos going over important current events.
  5. Teaching with the News (Brown University Choices Program): My favorite resource for current event lessons! Some are offered for free but if your school is willing to pay for the premium resources they are 100% worth it. (Good applications for World Geography and Cultures and other social studies classes.)

Lesson Plans and Teacher Resources

Research and Articles


  • Bad News game: This is a fantastic tool for teaching kids how easily people can manipulate fake news for their own gain. It also embeds little challenges to see if kids can detect fake news. Educator info sheet is included!

Is this real or fake news?