Questions, Ideas, and Rich Activities Ready to Use to Dig Into Current Events and Explore Them With Your Students
Every day we are assailed by stories about the world around us. News media come at us from the web, television, social media, print, and the conversations around us. Making sense of these events and issues can be quite challenging.
It's enough to make kids and adults alike want to stick their heads in the proverbial sand and try to ignore it all.
But we don't have to. In fact, with the right resources, the things going on in the world around us can provide excellent opportunities for students to work on important skills, while also trying to better understand these events and their meaning and impact.
The Week is an independent weekly news magazine that explores current events, arts, science, government, business and more, and it is coupled with The Weekâ€™s Classroom Education Program,Â an effective teaching tool for building student skills.Â Each issue of The Week comes with an accompanyingÂ Lesson Guide.
As an example, this lesson guide focuses on the March 29th issue. In addition to sets of questions around articles from that edition, there are also sets of activities provided. Each “Activity” section explores vocabulary and comprehension, provides rich discussion questions, and then provides specific activities for the classroom. Here are the activities for just one of the articles:
To get a further sense of how high school teachers can use these resources in the classroom, The Week also provides The Teachersâ€™ Reference Guide. The guide does a great job of explaining how The Week uses a consistent format from week to week to make it easy to dig into each new edition and make great use of it in the classroom.
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The Weekâ€™s digital format is mobile-friendly, so students can view on computers or personal mobile devices.
It would be nice if other news publications learned from this example and put this kind of effort into providing resources for educators to help their students explore news items while building skills.