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September 16, 2020 | All Grades
Local Letters for Global Change: A Pulitzer Center Writing Contest
PULITZER CENTER EDUCATION
Students are invited to make their voices heard this election season by writing a letter to their representative that explains the global issue they want to see prioritized. Deadline: November 13
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May 20, 2020 | All Grades
How to find and analyze underreported stories: Critical thinking, text analysis and writing
PULITZER CENTER EDUCATION
Students explore news articles and instructional videos to evaluate how they can find and analyze under-reported stories in the news, and in their own communities
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March 24, 2020 | All Grades
Exploring Past Public Health Emergencies Around the World
PULITZER CENTER EDUCATION
Students learning about the coronavirus (COVID-19) explore, analyze, and make connections to how the world has responded to the spread of infectious diseases in the past.
January 13, 2021 | All Grades
Women on the Move: Analyzing Text and Photography from Eight Migration Stories
PULITZER CENTER EDUCATION
Students reflect on stories they have seen and heard about migration, and then analyze text and photography from eight short articles about women from different parts of the world who were forced...
January 13, 2021 | All Grades
Crossing Borders: Analyzing Infographics to Evaluate Migration Trends
MARY NANCE
This lesson examines an infographic from “Women On The Move” that provides a closer look at migration patterns. Students will actively engage with the infographic to analyze migration trends...
January 13, 2021 | All Grades
Schedule a Virtual Classroom Visit with a Photojournalist
PULITZER CENTER EDUCATION
Reach out to the Pulitzer Center education team to connect your students with an award-winning photojournalist.
November 13, 2020 | All Grades
The COVID-19 Writers Project: Evaluating Crises by Analyzing Individual Stories
MARY NANCE
This lesson will explore the art of telling individual stories through different mediums while engaging with the reporting from The COVID-19 Writers Project (C19WP).
October 27, 2020 | All Grades
What Is Media Literacy and How Do We Practice It Using Pulitzer Center Reporting?
MARY NANCE
In this lesson, students will explore five components of media literacy (Access, Analyze, Evaluate, Create, and Act) through engagement with Pulitzer Center news stories.
October 12, 2020 | All Grades
Representation and Community: the Changing Role of Museums in Illinois
PULITZER CENTER EDUCATION
In this lesson, students read reporting and examine the complex role of Illinois museums in the face of COVID-19 and anti-racist protests across the country.
October 06, 2020 | Middle School, High School, College
Evaluating "America's Medical Supply Crisis"
PULITZER CENTER EDUCATION
This viewing guide for the documentary "America’s Medical Supply Crisis” leads students in discussion, reflection, and projects that increase public awareness about the PPE shortage in the U.S.
September 03, 2020 | All Grades
Reading Guide: Quotes, Key Terms, and Questions
PULITZER CENTER EDUCATION
This resource includes quotes, key terms/names/historical events, and guiding questions for each of over 30 essays and creative works that compose The 1619 Project.
September 02, 2020 | All Grades
Interview Techniques for Telling Under-reported Stories
PULITZER CENTER EDUCATION
In this lesson, students analyze how journalists use interviews to research and tell under-reported stories. They then apply those tips to planning, conducting, and editing their own interviews.
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