Close Up’s educational resources help students and teachers investigate current events, research pressing issues using reliable sources, and develop real-world skills for effective community engagement. Below, you’ll find a sampling of our balanced current issue discussions, in-depth policy units, ready-to-use lesson plans, and weekly blog posts—all for free. Please click on the boxes below to learn more about all the different types of resources available.
Lesson Plan | April 21, 2020
By working together online to create a news story using an assigned editorial priority and a series of possible options for each article component, students will come to understand the decisions and factors that can lead to media bias.
Lesson Plan | September 20, 2019
Expand the critical thinking and communication skills that students need for productive deliberation. Focus on a selected issue, review background information and pro/con arguments, help students listen respectfully to their peers, and watch them try to persuade others.
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Introduce students to political values, and help them explore why different values are frequently in tension in political debates. Through interactive scenarios, facilitated discussion, and reflection, students will identify and understand the tensions in our political system.
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Learn how to integrate controversial issues into the classroom, and how to make the classroom community more comfortable with these discussions. Students will learn how to hold productive discussions about challenging issues, and come to understand the value of different perspectives.