Introducing the 2nd Story study guide!

We are bringing our world-class podcast into the classroom by creating dynamic study guides and lesson plans to accompany our socially relevant stories. Listen to the story with your students and then use the study guide (aligned to Illinois High School Learning Standards--though many of the activities can be used for younger or older learners!) and a host of activities to engage around the topic of the story.

This season, we have published two study guides in conversation with stories performed with 2nd Story. You can access both guides and access additional resources below.

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Our Study guides meet the following Illinois Learning Standards

English Language Arts & Literacy


Reading Standard 5: Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.
Writing Standard 3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Speaking and Listening Standard 1: Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Social Science Civics Standards


SS.CV.1.9-12: Distinguish the rights, roles, powers, and responsibilities of individuals and institutions in the political system.
SS.CV.2.9-12: Evaluate the opportunities and limitations of participation in elections, voting, and electoral process.
SS.CV.8.9-12: Analyze how individuals use and challenge laws to address a variety of public issues.
SS.CV.9.9-12: Evaluate public policies in terms of intended and unintended outcomes and related consequences.

SPONSORS of 2nd Story’s education programming

($5,000 and above)
The Lupo Charitable Fund

Are you an individual or business committed to providing high-quality arts access to students across Chicago? Support 2nd Story's Education Programming by making a tax-deductible gift today!

Please email 2nd Story's Managing Director Lauren Sivak at