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 Week’s Classroom Education Program, an effective teaching tool for building student skills. Each issue of The Week comes with an accompanying 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:
ACTIVITY
1. Poll students to see how many of them agree with the following statements: “I expect news coverage to be unbiased.” “There is no such thing as unbiased news coverage.” You may want to define bias for students (a positive or negative attitude toward something, often based on preconceived prejudices or viewpoints rather than evidence)
2. Ask students to discuss why, if at all, they think it’s important for news coverage to be unbiased and, if it’s not,

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