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.
Post | October 9, 2019
Immigration policy and enforcement continues to be a major area of conflict between Democrats and Republicans. Currently, Congress is considering many bills related to immigration, asylum, migrant detention, and family separation. This week, we will look at two proposals that Republicans are advancing; two weeks ago, we examined two bills that Democrats are advancing. Republicans […]
Post | September 25, 2019
To help students explore the climate change debate, please see our resource on climate change policy here. Over one million workers, students, and others engaged in the global climate strike on Friday, September 20, in an effort to call for more significant action to combat climate change.1 This was the third in a series of […]
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Examine five proposals to make schools safer and reduce gun violence, and determine how enforceable, just, and effective each proposal may be. Discuss which proposals you would favor, change, or reject, and suggest other proposals for enhancing school safety.
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.
Post | September 16, 2019
Immigration policy and enforcement continues to be a major area of conflict between congressional Democrats and the executive branch. Currently, Congress is considering many bills related to immigration, asylum, migrant detention, and family separation. This week, we will look at two bills that Democrats are advancing; next week, we will look at two bills that […]
Issue Discussion | September 7, 2019
Should the United States downsize its role in global affairs? Examine the principles and practices that shape the United States’ strategies when dealing with other countries. Consider the nation’s role in global affairs, and whether or not that level of involvement should change.
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Explore the background of the opioid crisis, examine actions promised by the Trump administration, and weigh the pros and cons of the paths forward. Consider which level of government should be responsible for combating the opioid crisis, and outline your own policy prescription.
Issue Discussion | September 6, 2019
Consider six proposals for reforming the immigration system, identifying the advantages and drawbacks of each. Discuss which proposals you would support or oppose, and suggest other ideas for addressing the issue.