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.

Analyzing School Lunch Programs in Brazil and India

This lesson asks students to compare their own school lunch programs to programs in Brazil and India using digital resources and reporting by journalist-grantees Rhitu Chatterjee and Mathilde Dratwa.

Understanding the Zika Virus

Students are asked to discuss the articles about Zika virus and answer comprehension questions. Students can also engage in extension activities conducting a deeper analysis of Zika media coverage.

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.