Pulitzer Center Update

News Bites and Lesson of the Week: Understanding the Zika Virus

The Zika virus, which causes birth defects, could cause women to have unsafe abortions in countries where abortion is illegal. Image by Jake Naughton. Kenya, 2015.

Dear Educators,

Earlier this week, the World Health Organization declared the Zika virus a public health emergency of international concern.

News Bite 10: "Understanding the Zika Virus"

This week’s News Bite connects students to reporting on this growing health threat through reading, research and discussion.

Lesson of the Week 10, "The Draw Down: Using Two Perspectives to Explore the End of the War in Afghanistan"

Our featured Lesson of the Week is "The Draw Down: Using Two Perspectives to Explore the End of the War in Afghanistan," which was written by Education Coordinator Amanda Ottaway. This is Amanda's last week at Pulitzer Center and we hope you'll join us in thanking her for so many incredible contributions to the fields of journalism and education. Thank you Amanda!

Create your own lessons and resources using the latest international reporting: With the Pulitzer Center Lesson Builder, you can quickly search through articles, videos, photos and multimedia from among our hundreds of reporting projects and create lesson outlines/classroom resources. You can also adapt already-prepared model lessons like the ones above.

A review on what this weekly email is all about:

Ninety percent of you have told us that you regularly use current events in your classroom. So we feature a small "News Bite," which contains one piece of Pulitzer Center journalism content—an article, photograph, podcast or short film—that relates to something in the news that week, as well as a brief lesson outline and a few guiding questions. We're hoping these News Bites will be an easy way for you to access fresh, topical content. We also include an in-depth "Lesson of the Week," written either by a Pulitzer Center staff member or curriculum developer or a member of our Educators' Community, on any subject.

As always, we're eager for your suggestions. Let us know what you think.

Very best,
Mark, Fareed and Amanda

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