Thinking critically about current events
Students will watch the latest news from Channel One. They will be asked to complete a 3-2-1 while watching the news. 3 Things they learned, 2 questions they have and 1 thing that "wowed" them.
2 Direct Instruction
Share with students how to listen and read nonfiction text critically. This can be done through discussion
Who is the story about?
3 Guided Practice
Choose a current news story from the website Newsela. If you can find one that matches one of the news stories on Channel One, that would be even better. Show the news article on the SMART board and read the article together. Guide the students to mark up the text with underlining, highlighting, questioning in the margins and over all thinking about the essential questions: Who is it about? What happened? and most importantly, "So what" or why does it matter.
4 Independent practice
After completeing a two or three paragraphs as a class, pass out copies of the text to each student. Ask the students to finish reading and writing on the article themselves. Students should have at least three big questions after they are finished reading. Encourage students to write their questions on sticky notes. These questions will be used for the final activity: a socratic seminar.
5 Collaboration and Wrap-up
(Students will need to be familiar with the process of participating in a Socratic Seminar from previous lessons.)
Students will use their questions to participate in a Socratic Seminar based on their news article that they read. All questions will not be answered. They should leave the seminar with more questions than they started with. It should help them to think deeply and critically about an issue in the daily news.
The wrap-up would be to share final thoughts. Why is this news issue important? What was the answer to "so what?"