Retro Report + Pear Deck

Pear Deck has partnered with Retro Report to help teachers give historical context to today’s most important stories. With these ready-to-teach lessons powered by Pear Deck, students learn how journalism and storytelling allows us to better understand the lessons of history and apply them to today’s world.



Retro Report is a non-profit journalism organization that helps educators foster engagement and critical thinking skills with high quality materials to help connect past and present. All Retro Report videos, lessons, and student activities are completely free.

Pear Deck allows educators to build effective and engaging instructional content — right from Google Slides. This powerful learning tool makes it easy for teachers to build interactive slides with custom questions, formative assessments, embedded audio, and more.


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To celebrate our partnership with Retro Report, new Pear Deck users can enjoy 90 days of Pear Deck Premium, no credit card required. To learn how to create a new Pear Deck account, visit this article.

Once you have the Pear Deck Add-on for Google Slides or Add-in for Microsoft Powerpoint Online installed, simply follow the directions below!

Click on one of the Decks below to get a preview of the Deck and make a copy for Google Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint Online.

Once the presentation is open in Google Slides or PowerPoint Online, open the Pear Deck Add-on through the Add-ons menu in Google Slides or the Add-ins menu in Microsoft PowerPoint. You can edit the existing questions or add your own custom questions from the slide library. You can also use it exactly as it is!

Click the ‘Start Lesson’ button to start your interactive lesson!


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Explore Retro Report Lessons

These lessons have been designed to encourage students to interact and engage with current events from a historical perspective. Topics include U.S. History, Civics, Psychology, Media Literacy, and more. Use these lessons to show students how the past can help us better understand the present — and the future.

Click through to each activity to preview the slides and get your copy of these ready-to-teach lessons.



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