Lesson Plan

News You Can Reuse

Current Events, Geography and Citing Evidence
Laura F.
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Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School
Oak Lawn, IL
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
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Students will be able to...

  • Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
  • Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
  • Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 6 - 8
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1 Attention Getter

  • Display a slide(s) containing student directions for the entire lesson. 
  • Consider allowing students to utilize the chart feature (template) of a blank doc. 
  • Alternatively, students can use Text 2 Mind, or another mind mapping tool, to track their thinking. 
Student Instructions
  • Read the top 2 news headlines for today.  
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  • Can you find where on earth the news is happening?
    • What type of chart could help you organize your learning?  Open a new Google Doc to record your findings.  

2 Turn-And-Talk it Out

Activity: Conversing
  • Ask students to report out their findings to a partner. 
  • Any changes made to your doc should be done in red. 
  • Consider allowing students to share and collaborate on each other's docs. 
Student Instructions
  • Collaborate with a partner and report out your findings. 
    • Do you agree/disagree with your partner's chart?
    • Fix with red text, or other formatting tools. 
  • Switch partners.

3 Story Elements

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  • Can students identify main idea? 
  • Can students find supporting details to address their findings?
Student Instructions
  • With your new partner, find the main idea of each article.  
    • Using a different color, record the details that support the main idea. 
  • Next, use the text or photos from the story to identify the main people involved to the story.  Again, use a different color when typing.  

4 Find the Why - Map it Out

  • Students will use geographical location to discover any connections between geography and the news events of the day. 
Student Instructions
  • Can a map help explain why this event took place in the way it did?
    • With a different partner, use Google Maps to assess the location of the top news story on your list. 
    • Make a connection:  Why here, why now?  Discuss. 

5 Reflection

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  • Students individually present their findings in a brief 2-minute recording.  
  • Students will be assessed on the accuracy of the information presented in accordance to the standards that outline the lesson. 
Student Instructions
  • Using WeVideo or another recording tool, report out your findings and embed the video in your doc. 
  • Videos should contain the following elements:
    • Main idea of article 
    • Support for the main idea 
    • People that contributed to the story
    • Discussion of how geography influences the story