New videos posted August-May
News Matters is developed by political science faculty at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH. We develop videos and lessons aimed at High School students, covering major events in global, US, and New Hampshire state politics, as well as videos explaining key concepts in Political Science (ex: the electoral college, or how the United Nations works).
Our videos are designed to be informational, authentic, and engaging. While we are based in New Hampshire, our videos and lessons on global and US politics, as well as key civics concepts, will be useful in High School classrooms anywhere in the United States. We typically develop four videos per month: one each on a major event in global, US, and New Hampshire news, and one video on a key civics concepts.
Every month we develop at least one video on a major event in US politics, with some suggested discussion questions or activities teachers may wish to use. To see our US news videos, click the image to the left.
Americans have a tendency to view the United States as an isolated land, un affected by what happens elsewhere in the world. This could not be further from the case; our oceans no longer protect us, and foreign trade is key to our prosperity. What happens abroad will affect us in the US. To emphasize this point, we develop at least one video and lesson plan a month on major international news stories. To see our global news videos, click the image to the left.
Americans tend to pay little attention to state politics, but the decisions made in state capitols tend to have a greater impact on people’s day-to-day lives than decisions made in Washington D.C. To make this point clear to Granite Staters, we develop one video and lesson a month on news stories in NH state politics. To find these videos and lessons, click the image to the left.
To be an effective participant in our democracy, people must have at least a basic understanding of how our political system works. Every month, we develop at least one video and lesson on a key concept in civics. To find these videos and lessons, click the image to the left.