Current Events Lessons

2020-2021 Current Events Lessons

DPPS Civics - Chauvin Verdict

Derek Chauvin Verdict Lesson

Note:This lesson, which borrows from Facing History's resource on the same topic, was designed to support initial conversations about the trial.

Poet Amanda Gorman recites "The Hill We Climb" at Biden Inauguration

Note: For the second part of the video mini-lesson, it will be helpful for scholars to have the text of Gorman's poem. ELA classes will likely examine the poem in greater depth--this is simply a starting point. (

Three Former US Presidents Discuss Peaceful Transfer of Power

Michigan's Former Gov Charged for Mishandling Flint Water Crisis

January 13 - President Trump Impeached for the Second Time

DPPS Civics - Insurrection

January 6 - Insurrection at the Capitol

Importance of the Georgia Runoff Elections

Senate Overrides President Trump's Veto of the NDAA

Alex Padilla Appointed California Senator

2019-2020 Current Events Lessons

The Murder of Ahmaud Arbery

*Some information may have changed since the creation of this video (5/11/20)

COVID-19: Key Information

*Some information may have changed since the creation of this video (3/19/20)

Understanding the Presidential Primary Elections

Exploring the Impeachment of President Trump

*Materials aim to present a non-partisan explanation of the impeachment process to MS/HS scholars.

Lebron James: No More Humble Beginnings

Winter Holidays from Around the World

Thanksgiving vs. Day of Mourning

Veterans Day

Kidney Health

The Murder of Botham Jean

Youth Climate Strike (Fall 2019)

9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance Rollout Video