News You Can Reuse
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.
- Read the top 2 news headlines for today.
- Check out Maps 101.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Can students identify main idea?
- Can students find supporting details to address their findings?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Key Standards Supported
Reading Informational Text
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).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas.
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.
Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.
Compare and contrast one author’s presentation of events with that of another (e.g., a memoir written by and a biography on the same person).