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Current Events in Historical Context

Current Context

Teaching current events provides a particular challenge in the history classroom.  The most readily available sources - news articles - are geared toward recent events and do not provide the long-term historical view necessary for students to understand why an event unfolds the way it does, and how it relates to their history class.  Current Context helps students understand today by putting current events in their appropriate historical context. Each report includes a background, a timeline of significant events, a map, & links to useful resources.

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Current Context IssueRelated Teaching Tools (CHSSP Blog)
ISIS Update (8.1.16) Studying the Borders of Conflict in Iraq and Syria
Syrian Civil War (4.19.16) Charting the Civil War in Syria
Climate Change (12.17.15) Taking Action on Climate Change
Syria and the Refugee Crisis (10.6.15) Examining European Responses to the Refugee Crisis
Iran Nuclear Deal (9.4.15) Iran and the U.S.
Boko Haram Update (7.22.15) Beyond the Violence: Nigeria from a Socio-economic Perspective
California Drought Update (5.19.15) California's Watersheds
Cuba & the U.S. (3.31.15) U.S.-Cuban Relations during the Cold War and Today
Ukraine Crisis (2.27.15) Teaching the Ukraine Crisis with Maps
Civil Protest (12.18.14) From Watts to Ferguson:  Persistent Structural Inequality
Hong Kong Protests (10.29.14) Roots of the Hong Kong Protest
Islamic State (10.07.14) Studying the Borders of Conflict in Iraq and Syria
California Drought (08.20.14) Engaging Students in Thinking about the Drought
Islamic State (07.16.14) Studying the Borders of Conflict in Iraq and Syria
Boko Haram / Nigeria (06.04.14) Beyond the Violence:  Nigeria from a Socio-economic Perspective
Ukraine & Crimea (05.09.14) Teaching the Ukraine Crisis with Maps



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