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. Not sure where to start? View our most popular lessons.

Activities to Extend Student Engagement

Standards-aligned activities drawing from concepts in the essays, creative texts, photographs, and illustrations to engage students in creative and challenging ways.

Future of Food

This lesson introduces the question: Can we create a nutritious and affordable food system in a way that’s green and fair?

Poetry Workshop: Writing in Response to Images

Students write ekphrastic poems based on powerful photographs. They explore the stories photos tell, make personal connections to them, and amplify under-represented voices including their own.