Lesson Plan

Engaging Current Events

Creating discussions about events in the world around us
Miriam K.
Media specialist/librarian
Cornell Elementary School
Coraopolis, United States
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will be able to...

1. Engage in discussions about the world around them

2. Contribute to discussions with topics that interest them

3. Create a summary of a newsworthy event

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 7 – 10
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Weekly Introduction

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This website breaks down the week into a 2-3 minute video and song. The song will highlight 6-8 different news topics from around the world. The site also contains interactive lyrics that will give a 5-7 sentence description of each event and a link to a news story about the topics. This is a great introduction to the news that went on throughout the week. They may not hit on everything , So this is a good time to talk about get information from various sources.

I begin the lesson with the video and a discussion about the topics with the kids.

Student Instructions

The students will listen to the video/song and then engage in discussion about the topics.

2 Extended Research

This website has a live updating stream of news events from around the world. I like to use this to supplement the news stories on Flocabulary. I have the kids look at this site and pick a topic that they would like to learn more about.

I have the students fill out a 10% summary for an article that they pick from the website. The students are going to create their own Flocabulary style news article. 

They will need to read through the site in order to pick out an article that is appropriate in length and topic.

Student Instructions

Students will pick one of the articles from the website PBSnewshour.

The students will read the story and create a Flocbulary style summary. The students will read through and pick out the relevant information to present to the class. After reading the students will write a 5-8 sentence summary that would allow the reader to understand the main point of the article while providing evidence from the article.


3 Summary-Presenting

Activity: Assessing

The students will create and present their news article to the class. The students will need a copy of the article that they picked off of the PBS NewsHour and a copy of their summary. The students will then present the news article of their choice to the class.

Students are assessed on the accuracy and relevance of the information that they choose to include in their summary.

Student Instructions

After reading through the article of your choice you will create a summary that you will present to the class. Using Flocabulary as an example, create a 5-7 sentence summary of your article citing evidence from the article.

Present your topic to the class.