Current Event Journals

  1. Read a newspaper, magazine, or Internet news site.

Local newspapers:

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.

You must choose an article at least once from each of the following sections:
International or world
Opinion or Editorial
Arts & Culture

  1. Write two journal entries each week.  
Each journal:

  • should be at least 1 page.
  • follows the format below.
  • neatly written or typed.

  1. 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

Your Name


Article Headline


Author (Last Name, First Name)
“Name of Newspaper, Magazine, or News Internet Site.”
Date of Article
News Section
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?

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