EBSCOHost POINTS OF VIEW REFERENCE CENTER - Another research source for students presenting opinions from multiple sides of current controversial issues. Essays provide questions and materials for further thought and study and are accompanied by thousands of supporting articles from political and social publications. If you're using Points of View Reference Center on your home computer, you'll have to enter your name, library card barcode, and PIN to begin.
FACTS ON FILE WORLD GEOGRAPHY AND CULTURE ONLINE - A global approach to the study of countries, places, peoples, and geography concepts and skills. Select a country and click on 'Country News' in the left-hand menu to find out about current events in that country. If you're using FACTS ON FILE on your home computer, you'll have to enter your name, library card barcode, and PIN to begin.
NOTE: The sites listed below are generally suitable for
high school and above, unless otherwise noted.
Alert Net - News about humanitarian and climate crises around the world (Thomson Reuters Foundation).
Foreign Policy Backgrounders - These overviews explain current political and economic issues, covering topics as varied as Sudan's state sponsorship of terrorism, Colombia's left-wing guerrillas, NAFTA's economic impact, and media censorship in China. Use the left-hand menus to browse through reports, articles, podcasts, and other resources on additional subjects by issue or by resource type AUDIO VIDEO (Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher). See also Carnegie Endowment for 'commentary and analysis addressing the most important foreign policy issues of the day and the regions they affect.' (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization).
Frontline VIDEO - Online documentaries and related background materials explore and illuminate 'the tough, controversial, and complex issues that shape our times.' Includes video and audio podcasts. (PBS; site includes advertisements)
Hot Topics - Links to information on controversial issues from affirmative action to welfare reform (St. Ambrose University).
Independent Lens: Community Classroom VIDEO - Lesson plans and film modules on current events topics such as immigration, civil rights, women's rights, religion, the environment, and more. (PBS)
New York Times Learning Network - Materials on current events for students and teachers; grade level varies. Includes quizzes, lesson plans, word of the day, student opinion, and more (site includes advertisements). Choices: Teaching with the News VIDEO provides a variety of materials to help high school students and teachers explore the policy issues behind the news headlines of the day (Brown University). PBS NewsHour Extra VIDEO also offers current events learning materials for students and teachers, grades 7-12. CNN Student News VIDEO 'utilizes CNN's worldwide resources to bring each day's top news stories to middle and high school classrooms. The 10-minute, commercial-free program encourages student participation and provides classes with context for understanding current events.' C-SPAN Classroom Deliberations NEW! VIDEO has videos, background materials, and lesson plans 'designed to engage students in classroom deliberations about current issues being debated in the United States.' KidsPost has news stories, games & puzzles, and fun activities for kids (Washington Post; site includes advertisements). Teaching Kids News offers daily, kid-friendly news articles, written by 'a small but incredibly dedicated group of professional writers, photographers and university-level journalism students who volunteer their time.' Curriculum and grammar questions are included for every article (by Jonathan Tilly et al.; affiliated with the non-profit site Getting Kids Reading). Current Events from Holt McDougal features short articles on current events and issues, with links to related information, plus a daily quiz, calendar of events, 'Today in History' and other features; for grades 6 - 12 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company). See also Time Magazine for Kids (site includes advertisements; grades K-6).
Places in the News - Brief background information on places recently featured in the news; click on 'Previous Places in the News' for archived entries (Library of Congress). For the latest news on all countries & regions, see Times Topics: Places (New York Times; site includes advertisements). BBC Country Profiles AUDIO VIDEO 'provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions. They also include audio and video clips from BBC archives.' (British Broadcasting System; site includes advertisements). See also Background Notes: Countries A - Z (U.S. Department of State). Login to FACTS ON FILE: WORLD GEOGRAPHY & CULTURE for more learning materials on countries, places, peoples, and geography. See our Homework Links: STATES & COUNTRIES page for more links, including links for younger students.
ProPublica - Investigave reports on a variety of current issues, including the economy & bailouts, health care reform, Guantanamo detainees, natural gas drilling, and more (Independent non-profit organization). Project Censored AUDIO reports annually on the Top 25 Most Censored Stories - important news stories which corporate media have ignored, misrepresented, or censored; also includes articles on related issues (Sonoma State University). See also IRE Investigative Reporting Award Winners (Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc.).
Public Agenda Discussion Starters - Citizen guides on current issues such as education, energy, health care, economy, immigration, and others. Each guide 'outlines different approaches to solving specific public policy problems, along with the pros, cons, & trade-offs of each choice.' (A non-partisan public opinion research and education group)
Social Issues: ITVS Interactive VIDEO INTERACTIVE - A collection of online interactives and videos on a variety of topics, including a global oil crisis, sustainability, Native American storytelling, prejudice, obesity, war, and more. (ITVS / Corporation for Public Broadcasting)
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talks VIDEO - 'Inspired talks by the world's greatest thinkers and doers,' these video talks present innovative solutions to many of the world's most pressing problems. Covers Technology, Entertainment, Design, Business, Science, Culture, Arts, and Global issues; speakers include Jeff Bezos, Bono, Jane Goodall, Al Gore, and dozens more. You can explore by theme, title, or speaker's name.
Times Topics - A directory of all the news, reference information, photos, graphics, audio and video files published in the New York Times since 1981 on thousands of subjects, listed from A to Z (site includes advertisements). See also BBC News Special Reports (British Broadcasting Corporation; site includes advertisements).
Advertising & Consumer Issues - See Homework Links: Consumer Education.
Climate Change - See Homework Links: Weather & Disasters - Global Climate Change.
Cultural Diversity, Minorities & Women - See Homework Links: Ethnic Groups/Multicultural.
Disasters (Natural & Manmade) - See Homework Links: Weather & Disasters.
Drug Abuse - See Homework Links: Health & Fitness - Drug Abuse.
Eating Disorders - See Homework Links: Health & Fitness - Eating Disorders.
Energy - See Homework Links: Science - Energy Facts links.
Environmental Issues - See Homework Links: Ecology & Wildlife and Homework Links: Weather & Disasters - Global Climate Change.
Native Americans & other Indigenous Peoples - See Homework Links: Indian Tribes / Native Peoples .
Politics - See Homework Links: Government & Politics.
Social Issues - See Homework Links: Social Studies.
Suicide & Mental Health - See Homework Links: Health & Fitness.