Why should you include current events in your lessons?
- Empowers active and informed global citizenship: Give your students a call to action or simply open their eyes to a world different than their own through engaging news stories.
- Connects across curricula: From science and technology to arts, history, and literature, news stories help students understand real world applications for their schoolwork including careers that connect to their learning.
- Builds academic and domain-specific vocabulary: Students will learn new words in context as they explore informational text independently and as a class.
- Teaches critical media literacy skills: Current events articles can spark conversations related to evaluating sources and bias.
- Creates dialogue between students and parents: Exposure to current events can bridge the gap between home and school.
- Initiates debate and classroom discussion: Some news articles are perfect for pro/con discussions or for promoting a discussion based on textual evidence.
- Prepares students for 21st century global world: Students need to have experience navigating both digital and print text as they grow up in a world where news stories increasingly come from digital sources.
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