Controversial Issues in the News

Designed to help students develop a greater understanding of current events.

Twice a month, we publish a new Controversial Issues in the News resource, highlighting policy issues featured in the news. Issues are framed by a central question, historical context, an overview of both sides of the topic, and discussion questions. This allows students to move quickly from reading to discussing and debating the issue.

What kinds of topics does this library explore?

View a sample of our 2018-19 topics. 


Capitol Hill DC Shadow

What are the additional resources included for teachers?

  • Debate formats to shape productive classroom discussions
  • Assignments to move students from conceptual understanding to the practical application of ideas
  • Project outlines for in-depth research and multi-tiered civic action
  • Thematic lesson plans for tying it all together


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For more information, please contact us at or 703-706-3410.