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News And Media Literacy

Black History Month

Educational activities for Black History Month - learn about voting rights and more

State of the Union

Lots of activities for the State of the Union

September 11

In addition to learning about what happened in 2001, you can use 9-11 as a civic learning opportunity for family or classroom dialogue.

Free Washington Post

Digital version of Washington Post free!

Issue: Immigration Executive Order

Resources about Trump Executive Order on Immigration

Inaugurating a President

Hands-on activities to help students learn while watching, reading about, analyzing and discussing the Inauguration

Election 2016 Candidate Debates

Video links, activities and resources for watching debates!

Charlotte police shooting - news and discussion

Discussion questions and news sources about Charlotte police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott

Political Conventions

Watch the political conventions to learn about the candidates - and LOTS more!

Charlotte ordinance

Non-discrimination ordinance is civic learning opportunity

Iowa Caucus

Educational resources for Iowa Caucus

I Have a Dream…

Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) worked to advance civil rights in the United States and around the world.That was MLK's dream. What's yours? Here's an easy and meaningful activity for school or home

Primary Source Analysis

Simple, adaptable, and highly useful guides from Library of Congress

Resource Toolkit

Looking for a lesson plan, image, video, text, resource, or idea for civic learning? Search the resource toolkit.

Youth journalism

Writing and interviewing curriculum for classrooms and student journalists


A global news event that is rich with opportunities for classroom discussions, civic learning, news literacy, reading information, and lots more.

Presidential Voices

A collection of audio recordings of US Presidents from after reconstruction to the present.

Learning opportunity: rethinking student assignment

How should a school district assign students to schools?

Case study: powers of state and local government

Explore the powers of local and state governments through a case study about NC legislation

Learning opportunity: Election 2015

Get ready to learn, think, decide, and act! Educates students about government, democracy, reading and analyzing info, the election process, making decisions, citizenship, and more!

Speakers Bureau

Want to bring real-world experiences to your students? Invite a speaker to your classroom! GenerationNation makes this process easy, educational, and worthwhile for everyone involved.

Half a million historic events on video

A great resource for historical footage dating back to 1895

See local government in action

What does local government do? How are policies and decisions made that impact YOU? One of the best ways to learn is by seeing local government in action - and getting involved yourself!

Charleston Shooting

A collection of civic literacy resources for learning about the Charleston shootings and resulting actions

NYT Learning Network

Did you know the New York Times has a treasure trove of lesson plans for teachers?

Health care law

Supreme Court reviews Affordable Care Act - a good opportunity to explore healthcare law and the 3 branches of government


Learning about foreign diplomacy and current issues

Charlie Hebdo attacks

Resources for classroom learning and dialogue about Charlie Hebdo event

Today’s Front Pages

Search and compare newspaper front pages for current and historic events

Global indicators database

Great digital tool highlights US/foreign citizen perceptions on key US and global issues.

What happens after the election is over?

Election Day's not the end of your role as an active is the beginning!

Newspapers in Education

Teachers, sign up for free e-edition subscription to Charlotte Observer

Learning opportunity: Election 2014

Get ready to learn about elections, voting, government and more! Educates students about democracy, reading and analyzing info, the election process, making decisions, citizenship, and more!

Scotland votes

Should Scotland be independent? Resources and discussion questions to help students learn, think, and decide.

Checking facts

Check the facts like an expert!


Primary sources and more tools for D-Day

Editorial Cartoons

Editorial cartoons are a great classroom tool - Charlotte Observer's Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Kevin Siers and other resources

Issue: Cannon in the news

An important historic event for the city, and a relevant civic learning opportunity

Gettysburg Address

Send your video of the Gettysburg Address, celebrate and learn about the historic speech

Flight 370

The mystery of flight 370 offers rich opportunities for classroom discussion and critical thinking.

Sochi Olympics

The 2014 Winter Olympics take place in Sochi, Russia in February. Here are a few resources to help students to build civic literacy while following this exciting global event.

Maps and charts that explain the world

Great map and chart resources on a variety of topics, curated by the Washington Post.

A New Mayor for Charlotte

Charlotte’s new mayor, Patrick Cannon, was sworn in on December 2, 2013. Use this learning opportunity to help students to explore local government, leadership, communication, policy, and more.

Issue: National Security and Surveillance

Students deliberate issues of national security and surveillance in this activity from CSPAN. Includes lesson plan, DBQ, news and video clips, and more.

Reading, Analyzing, and Using Information

Simple steps for reading and analyzing information including public policies, community issues, government actions and more.

Learning Opportunity: Election 2013

Educates students about democracy, reading and analyzing information, the election process, making decisions, different levels of government, ways that citizens participate in political life, and more.

News Literacy

Looking for digital tools to help your students learn about current - and historic - events? Use newspapers! Many great educational tools are offered online.

Issue: Charlotte Airport

Learn about government, read legislation, legal documents and other official government documents plus media coverage about future of CLT airport

Issue: Bonds

Learning about Election 2013 issue: bonds

20 things kids can do to learn about conventions (without being political)

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