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.

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.

Technology and Activism in Mexico

The following global affairs lesson plan for history, ELA, Spanish, and Humanities teachers investigates the use of technology in Mexico to combat corruption, and the impacts of that activism.

The World's Disappearing Sand

Students analyze how an author structures and supports a story about disappearing sand reserves, then create visual campaigns that increase awareness about sand depletion.

A Game Revealing Africa's Offshore Empires

This lesson guides students through the game "Continent of Secrets," which reveals what investigative journalists uncovered about the use of offshore companies by African businesses.

Ending AIDS

Students analyze how journalists William Brangam, Jon Cohen, and Jason Kane unfold an analysis of HIV prevention measures in several locations around the world.  

HIV/AIDS In Palm Beach County, Florida

In this lesson, students will learn about AIDS in Florida, and participate in an activity understand the role of health education and its impact on the AIDS epidemic in the United States.  

HIV/AIDS in Haiti: The Prison

In this lesson, students will participate in a class discussion using the articles by Antigone Barton focusing on the work of Dr. John May.

HIV/AIDS in Haiti: An Island of Hope and Despair

Students discuss the statement “Haiti is an island of hope and despair.” The students also discuss how the United States and/or its citizens have contributed to hope and despair in Haiti.

HIV/AIDS in the Dominican Republic

In this lesson, students will participate in a Socratic Seminar using the Palm Beach Post article to dialogue about the impact of AIDS in the Dominican Republic.