- Read a newspaper, magazine, or Internet news site.
State and national newspapers:
These sites are geared for teens:
CNN Student News includes short daily videos
Up Front Online version of magazine
NY Times Learning Network Express your opinion on news stories
Other Internet News Sites & Magazine
2. Read the news and choose an article.
|International or world|
Opinion or Editorial
Arts & Culture
- Write two journal entries each week.
- should be at least 1 page.
- follows the format below.
- neatly written or typed.
- Present one article to class every other week.
- Sign up for day on calendar.
- Summarize article for class without reading.
- Create at least two questions for discussion.
Current Event Journal Format
Author (Last Name, First Name)
“Name of Newspaper, Magazine, or News Internet Site.”
Date of Article
Pg. #, Section #, or URL
Paragraph 1: Summary
- Identify the main ideas and restate then in your own words.
- Begin with a general one sentence statement about the event.
- Identify important details to include in summary such as: who, what, when, where, why and how.
- Use quotes, facts, and figures to back up your details. Be sure to credit your sources.
- Don’t forget to use transition words when connecting ideas.
Paragraph 2: Personal Response
- Reflect on what the information in the article means to you, your community, nation or the world.
- Look for words that communicate the author’s point of view about the topic. Is there a bias?
- Do you agree or disagree with the event or opinion in the article.
- Why or why not?
- Use examples from your own experience or what you know about the world to back up your ideas.
- What connections to this article can you make to books you’ve read, history or science we’ve studied, or anything else?
- According to what you know now about this event, what do you think might happen next?