Engage to Change

Technical Assistance

Engage to Change

Happy Meals?

City Studies

Happy Meals?

Bail's Set... What's Next?

Public Access Design

Bail's Set... What's Next?

The Good, Bad, & Unknown

Urban Investigations

The Good, Bad, & Unknown

We Own It

Making Policy Public

We Own It

Engaging with current events

Engaging with current events

As parents and educators continue to adapt to remote learning, we're sharing some resources and tips that can help bring project-based learning into your home!

At CUP, students engage with issues that directly impact them and their loved ones. Analyzing current events and news media helps students connect their individual experiences to a larger context and also helps them ask questions that improve their critical thinking skills. Students ask questions like: Who’s being quoted and what’s their perspective on the issue? How much decision-making power does this person have? 

To creatively investigate news events with your students, CUP’s Youth Education Manager Fielding Hong recommends the online resource Newsela. The site publishes news articles from trusted media sources and modifies them for different reading levels, organized by theme and school subject. This article on birthright citizenship offers a great entry point into the CUP project, The Wait, where students investigated the process of becoming a U.S. citizen. 

Here are some ideas to make news articles a little more creative for students:

+ Ask students to make a drawing of one idea they took away from the article

+ Have students make a comic strip with 4 images, showing what they imagine the daily life of someone quoted in the article to be like

+ Imagine one of the people quoted in the article got their way. What would the world look like 20 years from now?

Bodega Down Bronx

Urban Investigations

Bodega Down Bronx

The Water Underground

Urban Investigations

The Water Underground

Field Guide to Federalism

City Studies

Field Guide to Federalism

Fast-Tracked

Urban Investigations

Fast-Tracked

Get It Back!

Public Access Design

Get It Back!

From Shelter to Apartment

Making Policy Public

From Shelter to Apartment

Block Party

City Studies

Block Party

What Does It Mean To Live In My Own Place?

Making Policy Public

What Does It Mean To Live In My Own Place?