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Our flexible lesson plans, downloadable primary source documents and unique videos support instruction in history, media literacy and civics.

Elementary, middle or high school educator? We have activities, lesson plans, case studies and more to help you meet your standards of learning.

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EDClasses & Training

Our EDClasses & Training workshops use the First Amendment to illuminate the challenges and ideals of our democracy.

  • Newseum Learning Center and/or Documentary Theater

    Loud and Proud

    Celebrate freedom of expression in this semi-guided museum experience. This program combines individual exploration, hands-on interaction and customized keepsakes.

    This class is for:

    • Students
    • Educators
    • Professionals
  • Newseum Learning Center

    Media Ethics for Educators

    Educators learn about the principles of ethical journalism — and how to teach them to your students — in this case-study-based professional development workshop.

    This class is for:

    • Educators
  • Newseum Learning Center, Documentary Theater, and/or Knight TV Studio

    NewsMania™

    Test your news IQ by playing the Newseum’s popular current-events game show that’s as fresh as today’s headlines!

    This class is for:

    • Professionals
  • Newseum Learning Center and/or Documentary Theater

    Loud and Proud

    Celebrate freedom of expression in this semi-guided museum experience. This program combines individual exploration, hands-on interaction and customized keepsakes.

    This class is for:

    • Students
    • Educators
    • Professionals
  • Newseum Learning Center and/or Documentary Theater

    You Can't Say That?!

    Students learn about restrictions to freedom of speech in public life, then debate court cases that determined when and why those limits apply.

    This class is for:

    • Students
  • Newseum Learning Center and/or Documentary Theater

    You Can't Say That in School?!

    Students debate court cases to learn how far First Amendment protections extend in public school, and why limits may be necessary.

    This class is for:

    • Students
  • Newseum Learning Center and/or Documentary Theater

    Loud and Proud

    Celebrate freedom of expression in this semi-guided museum experience. This program combines individual exploration, hands-on interaction and customized keepsakes.

    This class is for:

    • Students
    • Educators
    • Professionals
  • Newseum Learning Center

    Media Ethics for Educators

    Educators learn about the principles of ethical journalism — and how to teach them to your students — in this case-study-based professional development workshop.

    This class is for:

    • Educators
  • Newseum Learning Center and/or Documentary Theater

    Loud and Proud

    Celebrate freedom of expression in this semi-guided museum experience. This program combines individual exploration, hands-on interaction and customized keepsakes.

    This class is for:

    • Students
    • Educators
    • Professionals
  • Newseum Learning Center, Documentary Theater, and/or Knight TV Studio

    NewsMania™

    Test your news IQ by playing the Newseum’s popular current-events game show that’s as fresh as today’s headlines!

    This class is for:

    • Professionals
  • Newseum Learning Center

    Media Ethics Team Building

    This one-hour enrichment program introduces principles of ethical journalism to your team and gets them debating how media cover today’s stories.

    This class is for:

    • Professionals
What are EDCollections?

EDCollections are curated sets of primary sources, lesson plans and interactives that illustrate the role of the First Amendment in U.S. history.

EDCollections

Our EDCollections provide in-depth explorations of key topics built on primary sources from the Newseum collection and interactive learning tools.

  • EDCollection
    EDCollection

    Freedom in the Balance

    The terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, forced us to reconsider the balance between protecting public safety and protecting First Amendment freedoms – our cornerstone rights of religious liberty, free expression and political action. Twenty-two case studies explore how this debate has evolved from friction among Founding Fathers to cybersecurity standoffs.

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What are EDIdeas

EDIdeas

Find tips, collection highlights and breaking news connections from the NewseumED staff.

  • Historical Connections

    Teach Your Students to Analyze Primary Sources

    July 15, 2016

    Open your students to different points of view and historical connections with hundreds of free downloadable primary source artifacts. Sign up to view the full collection.

  • Historical Connections

    Compare Newspaper Coverage of Brown v. Board Ruling

    May 17, 2016

    The landmark Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954) struck down the legality of segregation in U.S. public schools. Have students analyze how three newspapers covered one of the major turning points in the civil rights movement.

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    Jane Peterson English, Grade 8
  • All the content from NewseumED is high quality and fully accessible for my students. That makes it invaluable!”

    Shay Taylor Education Technology Specialist, Grades 9-12 and college