The Pulitzer Center education team and our community of educators create standards-aligned lesson plans for K-12 classrooms that use under-reported news stories to strengthen students’ global awareness, critical thinking, and empathy.
In 2019, our curricula connected with more classrooms than ever. We created 37 new lesson plans, highlighted student work through our international poetry and letter-writing contests, and connected with students across the U.S. and beyond in-person and digitally.
At the start of the new year, we present our top ten lesson plans of 2019, selected by our education team to spotlight diverse subjects and geographies.
The news can feel overwhelming. What happens when we view big global issues through the lens of an individual? This lesson guides students through a deep dive into the lives of the people who are affected the stories they hear about in the news, and how one person can have a global impact.
In 2019, the Pulitzer Center launched a new issue on criminal justice to capture increased reporting on this subject. One of those reporting projects highlights the experiences of children who have a parent in jail or prison—as one in 28 U.S. children do. This lesson provides a framework for discussing this story, and developing solutions to some of the challenges these children face.
This project-driven unit, created by Chicago high school teacher Anne-Michele Boyle, cultivates an awareness of how our consumption habits connect us with people and places across the globe and how we can be more ethical in our choices.
This lesson uses the Boston Globe’s months-long, multimedia investigation into climate change along the Cape to explore the effects of climate change on everything from ecosystems to business interests to quality of life.
Our Bringing Stories Home initiative allowed us to connect communities across the country with their local news outlets, from Louisville to Milwaukee and from Flint to Tuscon. This lesson plan features a reporting project from the Arizona Daily Star and explores the causes and long-term effects of migration from Guatemala on its rural communities and families.
This lesson plan, developed by Winston-Salem high school teacher Pamela Henderson-Kirkland, asks students to demonstrate textual analysis and creative skills by creating erasure poems from nonfiction texts.
While this year has been full of headlines about climate change tipping points, it has also been full of vocal environmental activism, especially from youth. This lesson centers stories about people who are working on solutions to environmental problems, and challenges students to take action themselves.
Through our ongoing partnership with The Weekly, we develop curriculum for and offer educators exclusive free access to the New York Times’ new TV series, which gives a behind-the-scenes look at the investigative reporting process that goes into some of the paper of record’s biggest stories. In this lesson, students debate journalism ethics and the responsibility of schools to their students.
What forms can war take, and how does it affect civilians directly and indirectly? How can journalists report on a conflict well? Students examine these questions and more by exploring several news stories on the conflict in Yemen, including the AP’s 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting project.
Thousands of teachers across the country are reframing history in their classrooms by incorporating The 1619 Project into their curricula. Join the movement in the new year.
This landmark issue of the New York Times Magazine explores how the legacy of slavery has shaped U.S. life and society through essays and creative works by leading historians, journalists, poets, and authors.