State of the Union
Use our State of the Union Lesson in the lead up to the President's address, featuring a classroom activity, handouts, and links to video of historic State of the Union speeches delivered by previous presidents dating back to Harry S. Truman.
There is also a 13 minute long Bell Ringer clip with Senate Historian Donald Ritchie discussing the history and evolution of the State of the Union.
Watch the State of the Union on C-SPAN beginning at 9pm ET on Tuesday, January 20.
MLK Jr. Day
To commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 20th, C-SPAN Classroom has aggregated a number of video resources to help your students learn more about the day, key events in his life, and his legacy related to the civil rights movement.
Students can learn about the first Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in a short vignette, explore the “One Life: Martin Luther King, Jr.” exhibit at the Smithsonian, as well as learn about the impact of his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” They may also hear from Rep. John Lewis on MLK Jr. and the March on Washington and about the inclusion of young people in marches from Ahmad Ward at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
C-SPAN Classroom Deliberations, a site produced by C-SPAN's Senior Fellows, Meghan Selway and Dan Tulli, has been updated with a new and in-depth lesson to help your students deliberate ways in which to combat poverty in the United States.
Today, as the U.S. poverty rate stands at 14.5 percent, consider the following question: