Lesson Plan

Current Event Connections

Equipping Students to Connect Current Events to Geography and History
Jennifer C.
Classroom teacher
Carson High School
Carson City, United States
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My Grades 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Social Studies

Students will be able to...

  • determine the regional influences upon current events by using GPS to find events on the globe
  • research online to locate relevant primary sources related to current events
  • use technology to share their learning with their classmates and showcase their work
Social Studies
Grades 7 – 12
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1 Introduce Current Event

New York Times App
Free, Free to Try, Paid

Select a resource to use to introduce the desired current event(s) to your students. You may select from the technology tools suggested or incorporate your own. For this lesson plan, selecting a rich, developing event which will have follow up in the coming days will produce the best learning experience for students.

Introduce the current event using video, news article, or audio clip.

2 Research Current Event

Pair students and challenge them to use the internet to locate articles about the current event in order to understand the situation more completely. Several sources are suggested, but you will need to supplement this list with state and local resources as appropriate.

3 Making Geography Connections

Direct students to create Google Tour Builder Accounts.

Allow students time to review the tutorial and explore the tool.

Direct students to use the Tour Builder to create an initial entry and place the location of the current event on the map.

For the entry, ask students to write a three to five sentence summary of the current event.

4 Incorporating Primary Sources

Instruct students to locate a primary source - current or historical relevant to the current event. Challenge students to work together to load a copy of the photo, document, painting, etc. of the primary source into their Google Tour Builder entry and edit their entry to add an explanation of how the primary source relates to the event.

5 Building the Tour

Add entries to the tour as information about the current event is updated. Add new locations and primary sources as appropriate. When finished with the tour, share tours so classmates can peer review and discuss.