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.

Human Rights Reporting

Students will critically examine the legal, professional and moral obligations of journalists as witnesses to all kinds of human rights violations.

The Power of Poetry

In this lesson, students investigate educational resources using diverse media in order to understand how poetry can be used as a means of communication.

Tuberculosis: A Call to Action

This lesson plan for science teachers, humanities teachers, and university professors examines the role that visuals can play in driving policy change by inspiring readers to “do something”.

Telling Science Stories: Data Visualization

This lesson shows students how journalists use data visualization to effectively communicate scientific issues—and directs students to create their own projects using the mapping platform CartoDB.

Malnutrition in Guatemala

In the following nutrition lesson plan, students will investigate educational resources using diverse media in order to articulate the issue of malnutrition in Guatemala.

Healing for Refugees from Syria

Analyze author’s purpose using articles and video exploring a community’s efforts to support Syrian refugees in Jordan.

World Water Day

The following World Water Day lesson plan and classroom resources for humanities, science, social studies, media and English teachers ask students to investigate four Pulitzer Center reporting...