Close Up's FREE Educational Resources

 

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. 

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Lockdown Newspaper Headline

Calm or Chaos: The Role of the Media During a Crisis

Post | May 5, 2020

As the novel coronavirus continues to dominate the headlines, the American public is facing an onslaught of information about the pandemic. Social and traditional media are covering developments, spreading opinions, and broadcasting statistics about COVID-19. There has been a strong association between coronavirus media coverage and an increase in public attention on the virus itself […]


Shelter in Place

Should States Continue to Shelter in Place or Begin to Reopen?

Post | April 28, 2020

As COVID-19 has spread across the country and the globe, most U.S. states have taken to issuing shelter-in-place orders to help “flatten the curve.” As of April 20, 42 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico had asked residents to stay at home. However, over the past two weeks, there has been an increase […]


Revisiting the Minimum Wage

Post | April 23, 2020

Inequality has been a central issue of the 2020 presidential campaign, with many of the candidates including economic and income equity as major elements of their message.1 The COVID-19 outbreak has also placed economic inequality in the spotlight. While many professionals and white-collar workers are able to work from home, employees in the service industry […]


Constructing Media Bias

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.


Faceoff Debate

Faceoff Debate

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Guide your students as they work together virtually take a position on a current issue, plan and prepare arguments, hold a structured debate, and develop their critical thinking and communication skills in the process.


Building a Virtual Community

Building a Virtual Classroom Community

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Help your students work together online to identify issues impacting their community and establish rules and norms to help keep their future discussions civil, organized, and productive.


US Congress

Should Congress Be Allowed to Vote Remotely?

Post | April 14, 2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, 42 states—along with Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.—have issued stay-at-home orders, effectively barring at least 316 million Americans from going out unless absolutely necessary.1 While essential businesses and services remain open, many workers now find themselves working from home. Considering the circumstances, should Congress also be allowed to vote […]


Biden and Sanders

Postponed Presidential Primaries and the Pandemic

Post | April 7, 2020

With COVID-19 dominating both the headlines and the realities of everyday life in the United States, it can be hard to remember that we are in the midst of a presidential primary with a general election only seven months away. The State of the Race A little over a month ago, former Vice President Joe […]


Homeless COVID

Homeless People and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Post | March 26, 2020

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is affecting every American and people all over the world, but it does not affect everyone equally. The more than 500,000 Americans who are homeless are especially vulnerable—due to age, lack of access to health care, underlying medical conditions, and lack of access to information and news—and also pose a risk […]


Prison and Corona Virus

Coronavirus, Prisons, and Detention Centers

Post | March 24, 2020

In the face of the spreading COVID-19 pandemic, government officials and medical experts are calling on people all over the world to practice social distancing.1 In general, this means canceling events and gatherings, avoiding large groups and crowds, and, when possible, staying home. Many people are working from home,2 schools have closed or moved online,3 and […]


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