Susie & Tyler’s Current Events

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We know you can Google the news. And we know you know how to make connections between current events and what you are teaching. But wouldn’t it be nice if another teacher did the homework for you?

Another teacher has – two of them, in fact. CLP consultants Susie Marcus and Tyler Kaltenbach Mykut are doing the work for you.

Susie and Tyler connect the Constitution, government, and principles of democracy to a recent news event. Insightful prompts, connections to standards and more keep teachers returning to this resource – check out our archive.

Here are some of the reasons teachers have come to rely on them week after week:

  • Reliable source for appropriate current events to use in class. Ever suffer through student-selected stories of little Fluffy or, worse, the rapist next door? Suffer no longer; appropriateness is no longer a worry.
  • Balanced reporting with a story that has been vetted. Leaving the selecting to Susie and Tyler assures that you will get a story that looks at multiple views or offers additional sources to learn more.
  • Interesting stories with Constitutional connections. Being interesting or entertaining is not enough. That is why Susie and Tyler include connections to the Constitution and other government and civics principles so that you get the most of precious instructional time.
  • Regular, weekly appearance. Since you can rely upon teacher-vetted current events landing in your inbox every week, you are freed to do other things. Consider it CLP’s gift of time for you.
  • Connections to the Constitution, state standards, and the Common Core. Check, check, and check. All three every week. You can depend on it.

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Susie & Tyler’s Current Event: April 25, 2017

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Topic: United Nations Peacekeepers










Questions to Consider

  • What is a UN Peace Keeper?
  • How would you define “peace”?
  • Who is Malala Yousafzai? Why is she promoting girls’ education? Why is peacekeeping a priority for Malala?
  • How do Peacekeepers represent the goals of the United Nations?
  • Who is Antonio Guterres, the Secretary General of the UN, and what are his goals for peace through the United Nations?
  • How are the UN Peacekeepers funded? How should the costs be divided between the nations of the world?
  • What are the dangers to and limitations of peacekeeping missions?
  • Why is peacekeeping such hard work? How do the promise and the reality of making peace contrast?
  • Why is peacekeeping a priority for the United Nations?
  • What are the limits on UN Peacekeepers’ ability to act in violent situations?
  • Where are the peacekeeping missions located in 2017?
  • How well has the United Nations kept the peace? Does it deserve our cheers today? Or do we need to rely on different organizations to keep the peace in today’s world?
  • How do citizens everywhere help promote peace?



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Oregon State Social Science Standards

8.26. Examine a controversial event, issue, or problem from more than one perspective.

HS.31. Describe United States foreign policy and evaluate its impact on the United States and other countries.

HS.33. Explain the role of government in various current events.

HS.35. Examine the pluralistic realities of society (e.g., race, poverty, gender, and age), recognizing issues of equity, and evaluating need for change.

HS.59. Demonstrate the skills and dispositions needed to be a critical consumer of information.

HS.60. Analyze an event, issue, problem, or phenomenon from varied or opposing perspectives or points of view.


CCSS Anchor Standards

  1. Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
  2. Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
  3. Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
  4. Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  5. Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.


We the People Lesson Connections

Middle School, Level 2

  • Unit 6, Lesson 28: What is the relationship of the United States to other nations in the world?

High School, Level 3

  • Unit 6, Lesson 37: What key challenges does the United States face in the future?
  • Unit 6, Lesson 38: What are the challenges of the participation of the United States in world affairs?


Current Events Archive

Current events from previous years are organized by category. Click on the hyperlinked current event titles below to download the document.  Since the following documents are less current than they were upon release, some of the website links may not work.  You can often find archived articles by searching the referenced website for the article title.


Federal Bureau of Investigation 4/25/2017
Turkey 4/11/2017
Food Security 4/4/2017
Federal Budget 3/21/2017
Women’s Suffrage 3/14/2017
Nominating a Justice of the Supreme Court 3/7/2017
The Role of the Press 2/28/2017
Protest 2/21/2017
Executive Order 2/14/2017
Sanctuary Cities 2/7/2017
President’s Cabinet 1/31/2017
U.S.-Russia Relations 1/24/2017
Inauguration 2017 1/17/2017
Fake News 1/10/2017
Nobel Peace Prize 1/3/2017
Word of the Year 12/13/2016
Suing Saudi Arabia 12/6/2016
Gwen Ifill 11/29/2016
Emojis 11/29/2016
Presidential Transition 11/15/2016
Election Day 11/8/2016
Electing the President 11/1/2016
Bundy Trial 11/1/2016
Oregon Ballot Measures 10/25/2016
Walls 10/18/2016
Aleppo 10/11/2016
National Museum of African American History and Culture 10/04/2016
Colin Kaepernick 9/27/2016
Presidential Debates 9/20/2016
Constitution Day, September 17 9/13/2016
Pokemon Go 9/6/2016