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Beyond Media Messages: Media Portrayal of Global Issues
Take a close look at news reporting techniques and global issues. Begin by creating a graphic representation of developing nations and defining the term. After class discussion, the second day's activities pick up by deconstructing news and researching articles online. The third day focuses on what is often missing in news reporting. An extension activity looks at the progress being made on news format by different organizations. Develop critical readers with this small unit.
Critical thinkers consider how word choice in speeches impacts the meaning and effectiveness of the message being presented. They examine and respond to some of the speeches made at the 2004 Republican and Democratic National Conventions. (All materials are included here.) A great way to build critical listening skills.
Welcome to the Blogosphere
Create a blog spot for your classroom and promote online discussions. There are several blogging websites listed here, and you can create one specific to each class or one collective site. Teach your learners how to post on the blog, and then start posting your own prompts to get them started! Kids of all ages love using technology.
The Primary Issue
Students analyze the 2008 presidential primaries by reading and discussing the New York Times Upfront article "Primary Matters." They complete a KWL chart, complete a handout, read the article and answer comprehension questions, and conduct an inquiry into the election using a variety of online resources.
Design and produce an advertisement (print, online or video) intended to persuade people to treat animals better. Research advertising techniques and review successful ads in preparation for their project.
To Make a Long Story Short...
Students analyze and evaluate news summaries found in The New York Times Week in Review section, focusing on the steps and criteria necessary for summarizing a news article briefly. They practice their own news summarization skills.
Fifth graders will experience an online game that reinforces problem-solving skills within the context of natural disasters. They will use problem solving to develop a plan, analyze a problem, and use a 4-step problem solving process. While working collaboratively with others, they will go to the Fema website to analyze problems for earthquakes, tornadoes, and many other disasters. Rubric is included.
"The Westing Game" Activities and Lesson Plans
You can use a novel, such as "The Westing Game", to teach reading concepts and skills in a way that keeps students interested.
The Reading Boost: How Technology Bolsters Literacy
Online technologies can foster increased reading comprehension and motivate learning.
Where in the World...?
Students use longitude and latitude to locate various cities, regions, landforms, and bodies of water around the globe. They use The New York Times Learning Network's crossword puzzle 'Longitude and Latitude' to sharpen their atlas skills.
Mr. Powell Leaves Washington
Students examine the life and achievements of Colin Powell. After reading an article, they discuss the role of the Secretary of State. In groups, they evaluate his successes in different regions throughout the world. They reflect on the skills needed to hold this type of position in their journals.
Health Indicators in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Use online tools and resources to examine data concerning key indicators of the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the factors that affect it. Your class will examine efforts to preserve and restore the bay's health.
Making the Grade: Health Indicators in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Examine how industrial and residential runoff affects the bay by using online tools and resources to examine data. The key indicators of the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the factors that affect them are the main focus of this environmental study.
Summer Science Recipes: Experiments on the Grill and in the Kitchen
Generate ideas about the most scientifically sound ways to prepare foods safely and efficiently during the summer season. Learners will use the GED Connection Science Workbook, so they can practice the skills needed to prepare for the GED Science test with a series of real-life problems to study scientific concepts. They will also identify acids and bases and practice safe food preparation.
Does Free Speech Exist in School?
Students examine their own First Amendment rights as students. They read and discuss a news article, discuss the Supreme Court case Frederick v. Morse, take an online quiz and conduct Internet research, and create a brochure outlining the First Amendment rights for students.
Take Action Haiti
Using an online internet simulation, learners will role-play various members of a family living in rural Haiti. The objective is to increase global awareness by requiring them to consider poverty as an obstacle to education in Haiti. Learners will discuss advocacy methods to confront poverty in the nation. Decision making skills and collaboration are key to the outcomes. There are also extensions ideas included. Note: They will need access to the internet.
Living Through a Drought: Weather, Geography, Afghanistan, Maps
Students practice map-reading skills. Using a drought map of Afghanistan from National Geographic's Afghanistan: Land in Crisis site, students study how to recognize drought, where drought can occur, and how drought affects the people who live there.
From Courage to Freedom: Slavery's Dehumanizing Effects
Young scholars study how Frederick Douglass uses language to describe a realistic picture of slavery in his writings which are primary source documents. They examine his use of word choice, imagery, irony, and rhetorical appeals and use slave narrative as a source of historical study. They use an online assessment tool to determine their understanding of the readings.
Experiencing the News Our Way
Learners understand news events and integrate reading strategies as they read from an online news site. For this news skills, lesson students participate in activities which build vocabulary, and aid comprehension. Learners complete a task card.
Hitting the Pavement and Sealing the Deal
How old were you when you got your first job? Help your high schoolers prepare for their first job (and every job thereafter) by providing them tips for career research, interview skills, and a mock interview. Either have local businessmen and women come in to conduct interviews or ask back recent graduates capable of giving a professional interview.