GradesK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Brief DescriptionOn a weekly basis, students add two newspaper articles to their Current Events Journals, write a brief statement about the main idea of each article, and write a reflective statement on the importance of the news story.
Keywordscurrent events, newspaper, reflect, writing, journal, time management, main idea, critical thinking
Lesson PlanExplain to students that, in this activity, they are responsible for keeping a Current Events Journal. On a weekly basis, they will collect two articles of interest from newspapers and keep a notebook of the articles they find. For each article, tell students they also will provide a reflection of 25-50 words that includes a statement of the main idea of the news story and the student's reaction to the importance of the news story.
Notes about this project:
Each entry will be scored equally. If there are nine weeks in a quarter, for example, students should have 18 news clippings in their Current Events Journals. Assign each entry a value of 5.5 points -- for a total possible score of 100.
Lesson Plan Source
LANGUAGE ARTS: English
SOCIAL SCIENCES: Civics
NL-ENG.K-12.1 Reading for Perspective
NL-ENG.K-12.2 Reading for Understanding
NL-ENG.K-12.3 Evaluation Strategies
NL-ENG.K-12.8 Developing Research Skills
Return to the Newspapers lesson plan page.
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NSS-C.9-12.4 Other Nations and World Affairs
NSS-C.9-12.5 Roles of the Citizen
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