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Introduction to ‘Lesson of the Day’

Introduction to ‘Lesson of the Day’

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Every school day we post a new lesson plan that addresses the news. Whether it’s the development of artificial intelligence, the crisis at the United States-Mexico border or the longstanding issue of segregation in schools, we have a library of hundreds of lesson plans related to current events that is growing all the time. Our…
Lesson of the Day: ‘Designed to Deceive: Do These People Look Real to You?’

Lesson of the Day: ‘Designed to Deceive: Do These People Look Real to You?’

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Students in U.S. high schools can get free digital access to The New York Times until Sept. 1, 2021.Lesson OverviewFeatured Article: “Designed to Deceive: Do These People Look Real to You?” by Kashmir Hill and Jeremy WhiteDid you know that advances in artificial intelligence over the last few years have made it possible to feed…
Lesson of the Day: ‘Chris Nikic, You Are an Ironman. And Your Journey Is Remarkable.’

Lesson of the Day: ‘Chris Nikic, You Are an Ironman. And Your Journey Is...

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4. How did Nikic prepare for the Ironman competition? What role did Dan Grieb, a volunteer coach, play in helping him to reach his athletic goal?5. At the end of the piece, Mr. Streeter returns to that make-or-break moment from his opening paragraphs when it looked like Nikic couldn’t go on. How was Nikic able…
Lesson of the Day: ‘What if They Could Make the Pandemic Go Poof?’

Lesson of the Day: ‘What if They Could Make the Pandemic Go Poof?’

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Students in U.S. high schools can get free digital access to The New York Times until Sept. 1, 2021.Lesson OverviewFeatured Article: “What if They Could Make the Pandemic Go Poof?” by Kenneth Sturtz“As the coronavirus snuffed out live entertainment, magicians, like so many others, have been forced to adapt, trading traditional in-person performances for virtual…
Lesson of the Day: ‘What Makes Sand Soft?’

Lesson of the Day: ‘What Makes Sand Soft?’

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Students in U.S. high schools can get free digital access to The New York Times until Sept. 1, 2021.Lesson OverviewFeatured Article: “What Makes Sand Soft?” by Randall MunroePeter S. from Brooklyn asked, “What is the softest sand in the world? Why is some sand softer than others?” Randall Munroe, a former NASA roboticist turned web…
Lesson of the Day: ‘How the Space Station Became a Base to Launch Humanity’s Future’

Lesson of the Day: ‘How the Space Station Became a Base to Launch Humanity’s...

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5. Mr. Chang writes that the space station has “turned into the linchpin for spurring capitalism in space.” What evidence does he provide to support that claim?6. What is the future of the International Space Station? What will happen when it is retired? What role will private companies play?7. The article concludes with the reflections…
Lesson of the Day: ‘How Poland’s New Abortion Law Became a Flash Point’

Lesson of the Day: ‘How Poland’s New Abortion Law Became a Flash Point’

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Going FurtherOption 1: Learn more.After reading the featured article, reflect in your journal:What is your reaction to the protests happening in Poland? Do you feel surprised? Encouraged? Upset?Do you support the protesters? Why?Do the events in Poland remind you of anything else happening in the world today or in the past?On Wednesday, Poland’s government delayed…
Lesson of the Day: Learning With The Times’s ‘Family, Interrupted’ Series

Lesson of the Day: Learning With The Times’s ‘Family, Interrupted’ Series

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Students in U.S. high schools can get free digital access to The New York Times until Sept. 1, 2021.Lesson OverviewFeatured Articles: The “Family, Interrupted" seriesThe coronavirus pandemic has upended the lives of many American families. “Family, Interrupted,” a new weekly series from The Times’s National desk, takes readers inside the upside-down worlds of pandemic-weary Americans…
Lesson of the Day: ‘Lil Buck Feels the Dancing Spirit All Over Again’

Lesson of the Day: ‘Lil Buck Feels the Dancing Spirit All Over Again’

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Students in U.S. high schools can get free digital access to The New York Times until Sept. 1, 2021.Lesson OverviewFeatured Article: “Lil Buck Feels the Dancing Spirit All Over Again,” by Gia KourlasIn this lesson, you will first watch “Nobody Knows,” a short film in which Lil Buck, the “willowy dancer who spins on the…
Lesson of the Day: ‘Why Nigeria Is Now Erupting’

Lesson of the Day: ‘Why Nigeria Is Now Erupting’

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Students in U.S. high schools can get free digital access to The New York Times until Sept. 1, 2021.Lesson OverviewFeatured Article: “Why Nigeria Is Now Erupting” by Rick Gladstone and Megan Specia“Tens of thousands of Nigerians have been demonstrating for weeks against a notoriously brutal and corrupt police agency, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad,” Rick Gladstone…

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