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New Curriculum


Nigeria: History, Identity, and Change

Students explore Nigeria’s history—from the precolonial to the present—and think about what the country’s future might look like.


A Global Controversy: The U.S. Invasion of Iraq

Students recreate the debate surrounding the decision to go to war, assess the war's impact in the United States, Iraq, and beyond.


Immigration and the U.S. Policy Debate

Explore the history of immigration to the United States and prepares students to articulate their own views on the future of immigration policy.

Human Rights
New Edition

Competing Visions of Human Rights: Questions for U.S. Policy

Through readings and activities students explore the history of international human rights and consider various options for defining and protecting rights.

Professional Development

US Role
Introductory Workshops

Engaging Students in International Issues: The Choices Approach

Our workshops are designed to introduce teachers to Choices curriculum units and our approach to teaching current and historical international issues.

Open Educational Resources

Teaching with the news
Free Open Educational Resources

Teaching with the News

Online curriculum materials and lessons to connect the content of your classroom to the headlines in the news. Topics cover a range of foreign policy and international issues.

Free Open Educational Resources


Choices produces videos featuring top experts - professors, policymakers, journalists, activists, and artists - answering questions that complement the readings and lessons.

Values Activity
Teaching with the News

Values and Public Policy

In this lesson students identify and prioritize values they hold, explore differences openly and engage in constructive civic dialogue, and analyze how values inform perspectives on public policy.

Podcast: Inside the Writers' Room

You can also listen to Inside the Writers' Room on Stitcher and iTunes.