Lesson Builder

Welcome to our Lesson Builder, a digital tool and a supporting community of educators. We provide free lesson plans for teachers and educators, focused on current events and world issues in the news today.

The Arab Spring Monologues

This lesson provides guidelines for students to create their own play based on "Fractured Lands," a story published by The New York Times Magazine in the print edition on August 14, 2016.

Religion and the Environment in China

Students analyze the structure and purpose of "Searching for Sacred Mountain," a 20-minute documentary that explores connections between Buddhism and environmental sustainability practices in China.

Running for the Future of Congo

This lesson uses “What Makes the Kids of Congo Run” by Daniel Socha to introduce students to the situation in Eastern Congo, the challenges youth face, and ways to effect change.