World Affairs

  • North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump Meet Face-to-Face | PBS NewsHour

    Update since the summit:

    Early morning in Washington, the White House released the text of the document signed by President Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un after their summit.

    You may also want to read the PBS NewsHour article: Trump and Kim signed a joint statement. What does it mean?

    President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un are scheduled to meet on June 12, 2018 in Singapore. Possible topics include North Korea’s nuclear program, officially ending the Korean War that began in 1950, and removing North Korea from state-sponsored lists of terrorists. Kim Jong Un has followed in the dictatorial footsteps of his father and grandfather, and had not met with a single foreign leader before six months ago. In the past year, Kim and Trump have exchanged tweets, each leader stating the strength of their nuclear weapons’ programs.

    See the support materials below for classroom discussion questions.

    June 11, 2018 video and resources from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • U.S-North Korea Summit Study Guide | PBS NewsHour

    Use this study guide to discuss the history of U.S-North Korean relations and the significance of diplomacy with your students ahead of the U.S-North Korea summit set to take place on June 12, 2018.

    There are signs of progress just days after South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un met during a historic encounter in late April 2018. Both leaders met on South Korean territory, in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that separates the two nations. North Korea announced it would re-sync its time zone with South Korea’s starting Saturday. In 2015, they had set clocks 30 minutes behind Seoul. South Korea said it would remove the loudspeakers that blast propaganda into the North.

    After watching the video below, read the article “Trump Says Time, Place Set for Planned U.S.-North Korea Summit" and consider the significance of the upcoming meeting between Kim Jong Un and President Trump on the heels of this recent positive North-South Korea exchange. 

    May 7, 2018 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • U.S. Fires Missiles into Syria in Response to Chemical Weapons Attack | PBS NewsHour

    The U.S. launched nearly 60 missiles aimed at strategic air force targets in Syria on April 6, 2017 in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack that killed more than 80 civilians two days prior. President Donald Trump said during a special announcement that there is no doubt the regime of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical attack, calling it “barbaric.”

    April 7, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Afghan Election in Deadlock over Runoff Vote

    Update your students on the presidential election in Afghanistan, with this August 13, 2014 video and educational materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Kiribati Bans Commercial Fishing | PBS Newshour

    The president of Kiribati announced a commercial fishing ban on the waters surrounding his country in order to protect the marine life. Share his compelling story with your class with this PBS NewsHour video and education resource from July 29, 2014.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Some Countries Temporarily Halt Commercial Flights to Israel

    Several North American and European airlines temporarily halted service to Israel. Update students on the increasingly violent situation between Israelis and Palestinians with this PBS NewsHour video and educational guide from July 23, 2014. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed for an end to violence after meeting with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Secretary of State John Kerry continued the U.S. push for a cease-fire.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Israeli and Palestinian Teen Deaths Escalate Tensions in the Middle East

    Bring students the latest news on the increased tension between Israelis and Palestinians with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resource from July 10, 2014. Hamas fired dozens of rockets into Israel in revenge for the killing of six of its members in overnight airstrikes. Meanwhile, three Israeli suspects in last week's killing of a Palestinian teenager confessed.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Crisis in Iraq Escalates

    Catch students up on the ongoing crisis in Iraq with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resources from June 17, 2014. Militants have taken over several cities in the north of the country, uprooting thousands of families and killing Iraqi police and government officials. The religious and ethnic violence threatens to undo the efforts of the U.S. military, which invaded Iraq in 2003 and left in 2011.

    Grades: 7-12
  • 2014 World Cup Resources from the PBS NewsHour

    Use these resources from the PBS NewsHour to immerse your students in the 2014 World Cup. This collection includes videos, an article and a student guide.

    Grades: 7-12
  • D-Day Veterans Return to Normandy 70 Years Later

    Help students understand why D-Day is still commemorated 70 years later with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resource from June 9, 2014.  In 1944, well over 150,000 Allied troops invaded France to fight the Nazis in a battle that eventually changed the course of World War II. On the 70th anniversary of D-Day, President Obama and other world leaders gathered at Normandy to salute the U.S. troops who stormed the shore and sacrificed their lives for the war effort.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Release of American Soldier Causes More Concern than Relief

    Get students up to speed on the controversial prisoner swap of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resource from June 4, 2014. In the days since his release, fellow soldiers have disputed his account of his capture and the Pentagon concluded he walked away from his unit of his own accord. President Obama defended the prisoner swap with the Taliban, saying the U.S. gets American soldiers back from captivity no matter what the circumstances may be.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Leaders of Pakistan and India Address Mumbai Attack in Historic Meeting

    Help students understand the complex relationship between India and Pakistan with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resource from May 28, 2014. On his first full day as India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi met with his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif. The two countries have had a contentious, violent history, including consistent conflict over the northern region of Kashmir and a 2008 terror attack in Mumbai. The two nations plan to continue talks between foreign ministers.

    Explore more of the history between India and Pakistan, and the impact the partition still has today, in this video here from Finding Your Roots.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Anti-Establishment Parties Shake Up European Elections

    Teach students about changes in Europe and the rise of fringe political parties with this PBS NewsHour video and education resource from May 27, 2014. Anti-establishment parties on both the right and the left made a strong showing in parliamentary elections in the United Kingdom, France, Denmark, Spain, Greece and others.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Fearing Violence, Voters in Eastern Ukraine May Stay Home on Election Day

    Help students understand the complex situation in Ukraine with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resource from May 23, 2014. Presidential elections are scheduled for Sunday, but the threat of violence will keep many voters home.

    Grades: 7-12
  • World Leaders Join South Africans to Memorialize Nelson Mandela

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on December 11th, 2013.

    Tens of thousands of mourners gathered at a Johannesburg stadium to mark the death of Nelson Mandela.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Remembering Nelson Mandela

    Remember the life and legacy Nelson Mandela with this lesson plan from PBS NewsHour Extra on December 6th, 2013  It was created by Suzanne Vogt, Trevor Browne High School and repurposed by Syd Golston, M.A., M. Ed

    Grades: 7-12
  • Western Culture Influencing China’s Youth

    From clothes to coffee, to food and movies, Western culture is big and getting bigger in China. However, the Chinese government is now pushing back on this influence. Help students explore the topic of Western culture's influence on China with this video and teacher's guide from PBS NewsHour Extra.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Syria: World Powers dispute whether Iran should attend

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on January 22, 2014.

    Ahead of a gathering of world powers in Geneva to negotiate an end to Syria's civil war, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon extended an offer for Iran to attend the talks. But when that country rejected a condition of attendance, the invitation was rescinded.

    Grades: 7-12
  • China Plans to Ease One-child Policy, End Forced Labor Camps

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on November 18th, 2013.

    China's ruling Communist Party announced reforms to two unpopular policies.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Suffering in Syria

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on December 3, 2013.

    Some 6.5 million Syrians have been displaced within the country due to the bloody Civil War and the ongoing violence has led to an increased level of suffering.


    This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

    Grades: 7-12