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An empty desk where Baldemar Lucas García Alonzo once sat sits against the wall at the primary school in Bulej, Guatemala. Baldemar left with his father the previous week for the U.S. Image by  Simone Dalmasso / The Arizona Daily Star. Guatemala, 2019.

An empty desk where Baldemar Lucas García Alonzo once sat sits against the wall at the primary school in Bulej, Guatemala. Baldemar left with his father the previous week for the U.S. Image by  Simone Dalmasso/The Arizona Daily Star. Guatemala, 2019. 

Pulitzer Center is committed to supporting educators as they consider transitioning to remote and at-home learning options. To that end, we have revised some of our most popular lesson plans to create printable activities for students to explore at home. 

Below, find downloadable PDFs for the following lessons, as well as all the reporting resources associated with each unit. 

1. For "Exploring 'The Idea of America' by Nikole Hannah-Jones"

In this lesson, students will be introduced to Hannah-Jones' essay, and to the 1619 Project as a whole, through guided reading and reflection questions. The original lesson, which was written by the Pulitzer Center education team, can be found here

2. For "Analyzing the Impacts of Climate Change on Cape Cod"

In this lesson, students will explore the effects of climate change on everything from ecosystems to business interests to quality of life using the Boston Globe’s months-long, multimedia investigation into climate change along the Cape. The original lesson, which was written by the Pulitzer Center education team, can be found here

3. For "Sourcing our Stuff: Exploring Ethics in Clothing, Accessories, and Food"

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. The original lesson can be found here

  • PDF: Full lesson for students
  • PDF: News Articles for extension activities
    • Climate Change and Human Trafficking in Indonesia by Xyza Cruz Bacani (pages 1-6)
    • Ivory Coast: Where Does Chocolate Come From? by Peter DiCampo (pages 7-8)
    • A Glimpse of the Workers Who Make Your Clothes by Jošt Franko (pages 9-28)
    • The Race for Cobalt by Vivienne Walt and Sebastian Meyer (pages 29-36)

4. For Examining the Depiction of War and the Conflict in Yemen

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. The original lesson, which was written by the Pulitzer Center education team, can be found here

5. For "Learning About Family Migration from Indigenous Villages in Guatemala" 

In this lesson, students will explore the causes and long-term effects of migration from Guatemala on its rural communities and families through reporting from the Arizona Daily Star. The original lesson, which was written by journalist and former Pulitzer Center education intern Meerabelle Jesuthasan, can be found here

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