Matthew Green

Matthew Green produces and edits The Lowdown, KQED’s multimedia news education blog, an online resource for educators and the general public. He previously taught journalism at Fremont High School in East Oakland, and has written for numerous local publications, including the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle. Email:; Twitter: @KQEDlowdown

A History of Arguing: The Greatest Hits (and misses) of U.S. Presidential Debates

[youtube] Get ready to rumble. The first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton takes place Monday night at Hofstra University in New York. It's a highly anticipated face off between two very different candidates who have talked a lot of trash about each other, but

Where America’s Third Parties Stand on the Big Issues of the 2016 Election (with Lesson Plan)

[youtube] Teach with the LowdownSuggestions for nonfiction analysis, writing/discussion prompts and multimedia projects. Browse our lesson plan collection here. Third Party Platforms Lesson Plan (PDF) The epic perennial battle between Republicans and Democrats that defines America's two-party political system makes it all-too-easy to forget

MAP: Visualizing 40 Years of Refugee Migration

[youtube] The staggering number of refugees still fleeing war in Syria make up only a small fraction of the total population of displaced people around the world. War and persecution have forced a record number of people worldwide to flee their homes, according to a June report

Fear of Foreigners: A Cartoon History of Nativism in America

The United States has long been a destination for immigrants seeking a better life. Yet, newcomers haven't always been welcomed with open arms. Throughout the nation's history, immigrants have consistently been blamed for societal problems, commonly viewed with suspicion and fear and accused of lowering the quality of life for established

Ten of the Most Successful Presidential Campaign Ads Ever Made (with Lesson Plan)

Welcome to the final stretch of the 2016 presidential election season. And that means a flood of campaign commercials for a another two months. So brace yourself. But it wasn't always like this. Teach with the LowdownNonfiction analysis, writing/discussion prompts and multimedia projects. Browse our entire lesson plan collection here. <a target="_self" href=""