Three Ways to Start Studying Current Events
There’s no need for special textbooks, extra equipment, or classroom improvements to integrate the study of current events. The Internet provides everything you and your students need to access the latest developments in remote corners of the globe. If you’re not sure where to begin with the study of the present day, try these three easy ways to get everyone involved.
Rewriting the News
Ask your students to read the news each evening by visiting a range of news websites you recom-mend to them. Each student should pick a story to cover, then give it their own spin with a short summary written in their own words in the morning. Collecting the stories and read them aloud to keep everyone updated while polishing their reading and writing skills.
Your News Map
Get a large scale map and hang it on the wall in your classroom. When you cover a specific news story in class, add a pin to the map to indicate where it took place. This leads to all kinds of fun geography activities. Let students measure the distance with the map’s scale and determine how far away the event was from the school. This practice makes the news seem more real and encourages students to learn about far away countries on their own.
Reassembling the Story
When you’re ready to teach the basics of journalistic writing, grab some short news sto-ries and cut them into pieces. Break down the components of a story and ask your stu-dents to try and reassemble them by matching the excerpts from a variety of different events. This engages their critical thinking skills and makes the story into a mystery to solve.
Get creative when working current events into your lesson plan. Turn news stories into games to draw the attention of students who struggle to stay interested in the average methods of study.