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.

Underrepresented Voices from Syria

This lesson plan asks students to explore three stories on underrepresented communities in Syria and think about how journalism can be used to bring attention to local underrepresented communities.

The Debate Around Global Health Spending

This lesson introduces students to journalist Rob Tinworth's The Life Equation project. It explores the debate around how data is used to help decide how money for global healthcare is divided up.

Nuclear Agreement with Iran

This global affairs lesson plan explores how Iranians from a variety of backgrounds view the nuclear agreement between Iran and the United States and connect the agreement to students’ own lives.

How do you do, Timbuktu?

The following lesson plan and educational resources asks students to analyze the effectiveness of online reporting that covers the ancient city of Timbuktu using a diversity of media.

News Bite 7: Modernizing Nuclear Weapons

In this lesson, students will watch a 9-minute video and answer questions that will demonstrate their comprehension of its presentation of the complex problem of nuclear weapons.

Lesson Plan: Vanishing Groundwater

This lesson plan examines the effects of rapidly depleting groundwater reserves around the world using photos, video, interactive maps, startling statistics and rich interviews.