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Social Studies: Links for Current Events
Current events can serve as a vehicle for teaching students skills tested on standardized tests -- reading comprehension, reading maps and charts, interpreting political cartoons, recognizing bias, supporting opinions with facts, and so on. Current events also help students to connect to their own community and to the wider world by learning what is happening in that world and why it is important to them. Students can demonstrate this knowledge through various presentations and projects.

NYTTeaching and Learning with The New York Times (Overview Start Page) provides free and accessible content from The Times and from all linked content, without a digital subscription.

PBS NewsHour

PBS NewsHour has Daily Videos (also archived) and Lesson Plans by curriculum areas.

POVRather than focus on current events, PBS POV Documentaries with a Point of View focuses on in-depth documentary films, with Lesson Plans and online Video Clips. There is also a DVD Lending Library.

National Archives
The National Archives has Special Topics and Tools, such as HistoryPin which is connected to Google Maps so that students “witness” history, a YouTube Channel for Educators, Today’s Document. and Document Analysis Worksheets.

Just for Fun

Through a special agreement with more than 800 newspapers worldwide, the Newseum displays these front pages each day on its website. The front pages are in their original, unedited form, and some may contain material that is deemed objectionable to some visitors. Discretion is advised.

Online Newspapers offers thousands of world newspapers in six different languages. Takes some clicking to get to what you want.

World-Newspapers.com has its own twist on various online mnews sources.

Newsmap -- Visualization of News

A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods -- Wow!


Quick Links

Political Cartoons

FillableThe National Archives has document analysis worksheets, including one on cartoons. Download fillable Acrobat generic worksheet.



American Association of Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) has a weekly political cartoon lesson (and a blank cartoon for students to try writing their own captions). There are 267 lessons on individual cartoons! Download Introductory Worksheet (pdf).

has background worksheets with examples. Also includes an article on additional resources. Download Packet (pdf) on cartoons with six examples to analyze.

MSNBC has Daryl Cagle’s The Week in Cartoons.

locIt’s No Laughing Matter at the Library of Congress offers an in-depth approach.


And, if you want your students to create their own political cartoons, EdTechTeacher reviews eight creation sites and includes tutorials.

Best Handouts

Teacher Handouts

Current Event Analysis Worksheet (Tyler): Uses 5Ws & H, vocabulary study, and paraphrase.

Current Events & History (Boyd): Asks students to research a current event and detrmine whether it will become history.

Current Events (Effinger): Uses 5Ws & H, prediction, and a visual interpretation.


New York Times

Current Events Projects 5 Ws & H News Feature
Editorial Writing Debatable Issues The One-Pager
News Writing Document Analysis Reading Log
Research Double Entry Chart Vocabulary Log


Infographics Instructions and Resources

Visual Aids


Sources for Sample Infographics


Infographics in PowerPoint

Infographics Samples

Infographics on Infographics

Rubrics for Infographics -- 1, 2, 3, 4


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Updated 8 DSeptember 2018.
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