Teacher Review for The New York Times

Access to outstanding resources for IB Language and Literature

Aaron S.
Classroom teacher
Capital High School
Olympia, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I use this app for a wide variety of different classroom activities in my Sophomore English and IB Lang Lit Classes. Current Times articles are useful for nonfiction reading assignments, providing a variety of hard news, opinion, and features models for student writing. These can also be useful for assignments identifying thesis, purpose, audience, fact, and opinion. Students in my IB course use the .pdf images of front pages to study layout article selection, and journalistic ethics. The "Reader Center" feature available to subscribers is also a good way to support student learning of text types for Part 2 of the IB Lang Lit curriculum
My Take
The only problem with this application is the cost; some departments might not have the spare money for subscriptions to the app for all students. However, Educators should check to see if there is money available for subscriptions from technology funding. I selected and provided some resources to students from the application, and then they used their limited free access to find and print their own articles. I especially recommend the "Reader Center" to any teachers dealing with journalistic ethics, bias, or the decisions and priorities behind news coverage. This is especially useful for Part 2 of the IB Lang Lit curriculum