Teaching with Current Events
Read breaking news related to the Bill of Rights, gathered by Institute staff every school day, from reputable news sources across the country. Our news stories are chosen with young people in mind and on the basis of ease of use in the classroom, clarity of the constitutional issue, and neutral presentation. Most-clicked headlines are below, and you can find more stories grouped by constitutional principle on the menu to the left.
2 New York City Colleges Draft Rules That Restrict Protests
Source: NY Times
Tech Giants Issue Call for Limits on Government Surveillance of Users
Source: NY Times
West Virginia AG joining with other states in federal gun purchasing case
White House gun control goals fade as Newtown anniversary nears
Source: Fox News
Supreme Court restores death sentence for Kansas murderer
Source: LA Times
Chief Judge For 9th Circuit Cites “Epidemic” Of Prosecutor Misconduct
Source: Huffington Post
Indiana State Police tracking cellphones — but won’t say how or why
Source: USA Today
Richmond mortgage eminent domain battle expanding
Eminent domain panel values Flight 93 crash site at $1.5 million
Senate extends ban on undetectable guns but nixes tighter restrictions
Focus of U.S. gun control battle shifts to states year after Newtown shooting
Source: CBS News
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Current Events and the Constitution
There are many opportunities to analyze and discuss current events in light of our Founding documents. Current Events and the Constitution provides a framework for discussing current events in context with history. Each month, students will analyze how the Constitution applies to a specific issue and can be adapted to discuss events on the local, state, or national level. View past lessons.
Bill of Rights in the News
The Bill of Rights in the News Constitution Courier focuses on issues making headlines that directly relate to the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. With current online news articles, discussion questions, and related links and resources, Bill of Rights in the News is a valuable teaching asset for government, history, or civics teachers. View past lessons.