Global Updates From World View
Teaching Current Events
Why Teach Current Events?
Cover a wide range of subjects, connect to all areas of the curriculum, and help teachers teach media literacy skills.
Build language, vocabulary, reading comprehension, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. Teaching the news offers ideal opportunities for cooperative-group instruction, classroom discussions, and debates.
Develop informed citizens. Studying current events helps students understand the importance of people, events, and issues in the world and stimulates students to explore and learn more about the world.
(From educationworld.com, read more a www.educationworld.com)
Schools across North Carolina are buzzing with the phrases 21st century learning, media literacy, and student success in a global-digital-changing-world. Teaching current events is an integral part of making these buzz words a reality in your classroom and school, and encouraging investigation into local and global communities can be effective in all subject levels and across the curriculum. By applying critical thinking skills to current events in all types of media, students can develop a multi-layered understanding of the world in which they live and strengthen their abilities to make critical, thoughtful decisions about the present and the future. This issue of Global Updates provides information and resources for teaching current events and media literacy skills.
A special thank you to World View's Leslie Hodges for authoring this month's Global Update!
|Understanding Media Literacy
Integrating current events is an important aspect of curriculum relevancy to students, and so is the inclusion of a variety of current events that reflect diversity in backgrounds and perspectives. Media Literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create media in a variety of forms. The internet has opened the door to finding resources of all different mediums with multiple perspectives. Ask your students if they agree with the view points presented and why or why not? Help your student develop a true global perspective.
The Center for Media Literacy lists five essential questions that help students critically understanding and process information from any type of media. These questions also help students determine the reliability and value of different media.
1. Who sent this message? Every type of media has a creator or author. Where did this piece of media come from, is the source authentic, and why might the person who created it want to share this particular message? Is this message being sent by a large or small company, an organization with a political agenda, or an individual?
2. What techniques are used to attract my attention? Connect to your students who are interested in the arts, especially graphic arts.
3. How might other people understanding this message?
Help students consider the media from different lenses and angles. How might this message be interpreted by someone younger, older, and/or by people in different places around the world?
4. What values are represented or omitted from this message? Talk about what feelings are behind different media and messages. Encourage your students to think about what events are happening locally or globally that might affect the tone of the message.
5. Why was this message sent? What is the ultimate purpose and intention of this message? Has this message achieved its intended
March 14, 2011
Media Literacy Question of the Day:
What images and video from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami do you think will stick out in your mind? Why do you think that these videos and images were used in the program?
Media Literacy Question of the Day
Each day CNN Student News posts a media literacy question of the day. This question is designed to help students examine media messages and their delivery. The questions are designed to promote critical thinking and are written for middle and high school students, but they can easily be adapted for upper elementary school classes. www.cnn.com/studentnews
Media Literacy Resources from PBS Teachers
How do you help your students succeed in a media-filled world? Do they know how media is created? Can they analyze the messages that inform, entertain, and sell to us everyday? Have they created their own media messages? Take the PBS Media Literacy Quiz and find links to organizations, research, PBS resources, and activity ideas.
|Resources for Using Media and Teaching Current Events
25 Great Ideas for Teaching Current Events
What can be done to raise students' interest in and awareness of the stories making the headlines? Education World offers 25 activities intended to help teachers make use of newspapers and to help students make sense of the news. Also included is a list of additional activities and Internet resources. www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson072.shtml
100 Ways to Use the Newspaper
This site provides examples by grade level and subject for using media to enhance curriculum. www.fredericksburg.com/nie/content/LessonPlans/100.htm
Choices curricula are designed to make complex international issues understandable and meaningful for students. The website features a special section devoted to teaching with the news. choices.edu
CNN Student News
CNN Student News is a ten-minute, commercial-free, daily news program for middle and high school students produced by the journalists and educators at CNN. CNN Student News provides teacher materials including daily transcripts for each show, daily discussion questions, the Media Literacy Question of the Day, in-depth learning activities, downloadable maps and additional support materials to help students understand the news. www.cnn.com/studentnews/
C-SPAN Classroom offers videos and news clips that help all teachers and students better understand our national government and current political events. Video tutorials help educators effectively use C-SPAN’s Constitution Clips, the digital library, and provide strategies for using C-SPAN as a debate starter and for classroom simulations. www.c-spanclassroom.org/
Curriki is an online environment created to support the development and free distribution of world-class educational materials. Search for resources by grade, subject, or type. Special collections provide resources for teaching about current events, such as protests in Egypt. www.curriki.org
Facing History and Ourselves
Facing History and Ourselves helps classrooms link the past to moral choices today by providing tools for teaching tolerance and diversity to improve students' academic performance and civic learning. Tools include resource collections on different themes and topics, lesson and unit plans, teaching strategies, online modules, video clips, and more. www.facinghistory.org/resources
The Learning Network
Every weekday The Learning Network offers new educational resources based on the articles, photographs, videos, illustrations, podcasts and graphics published in The New York Times. Lessons can be used across subject areas and levels. learning.blogs.nytimes.com
Link TV broadcasts programs that engage, educate, and activate viewers to become involved in the world. These programs provide a unique perspective on international news, current events, and diverse cultures, presenting issues not often covered in the U.S. media. www.linktv.org/
Through a special agreement with more than 800 newspapers, Newseum displays front pages from across the globe each day on its website. Newseum offers lesson plans for teachers in three main areas: headlines of history, journalism, and the First Amendment.
One Article a Day
About Face International (AFI) is a non-profit organization that fosters ideas of change by promoting discussion of current-events in schools and communities. AFI also invests in youth social entrepreneurs and philanthropists who want to make a difference. Through One Article a Day, educators can have current events articles emailed to them daily, along with resources and support for using them in their classrooms and curriculum. Read AFI’s Methods for Teaching Current Events. aboutfaceintl.org/onearticleperday/
PBS Teachers provides classroom materials suitable for a wide range of subjects and grade levels, including thousands of lesson plans, teaching activities, on-demand video assets, and interactive games and simulations. These resources are correlated to state and national educational standards and are tied to PBS' award-winning on-air and online programming.
For resources specific to current events, connect to
NOW classroom www.pbs.org/teachers/connect/resources/6053/preview/
Frontline World for educators www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/educators/
or search for current event lesson plans
Scholastic News Online
Scholastic news online provides news for kids, as well as teacher tools and
lesson plans. www2.scholastic.com/browse/collection.jsp?id=369
World-Newspapers.com provides links to thousands of news sources covering many countries and many subjects. All listed sites are in English and provide free online content.
BBC.com. The BBC is the largest broadcasting organization in the world. Its mission is to enrich people's lives with programs that inform, educate and entertain. BBC News (www.bbc.co.uk/news) offers current events, special reports, and has individual pages and information for all countries of the world.
CNN.com. CNN.com is among the leaders in online news and information delivery. CNN.com features the latest multimedia technologies, from live video streaming to audio packages, to searchable archives of news features and background information. Sign up for The Daily Education Alert to receive information on the major stories being covered daily on CNN Student News.
The Economist. The Economist online offers authoritative insight and opinion on international news, politics, business, finance, science, and technology. All articles from The Economist print editions are published online and searchable. The Economist online also offers blogs, debates and audio/video programs. Register for newsletters and e-mail alerts at www.economist.com/members/members.cfm
The Guardian. Get a free daily snapshot of the top news stories sent to your inbox by this London-based newspaper. Once registered, users can choose from a number of email services including: news, education, global development, and the environment. To register visit id.guardian.co.uk/register.
Foreign Policy Magazine. FP Magazine is a free, daily online magazine. FP Online draws on the world’s leading journalists, thinkers, and professionals to analyze the most significant international trends and events, without regard to ideology or political bias. Create an online account and receive daily newsletters by registering at www.foreignpolicy.com/user.
The New York Times. Free e-mail delivery of NY Times Global Edition Headlines! Combing the international reporting of The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune, the Global Edition provides readers with a 24/7 flow of geopolitical, business, sports, and fashion coverage from a distinctly global perspective. Sign up today to have the NY Times Global Edition Headlines emailed daily to your inbox: www.nytimes.com/gst/regi.html.
The Washington Post. Register for free access to all of the latest news. Registered users can sign up for emailed newsletters and alerts.
|Current Events in The Middle East and North Africa Resources
The following websites offer current event coverage and country information on the Middle East and North Africa.
Where is the Middle East? from the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations
Middle East Protests: A Country-by-Country Look, NYTimes.com
The Middle East, Economist.com
Mid-East and Arab Unrest, BBC.com
Revolution in the Arab World, Foreignpolicy.com
The Middle East Channel, Foreignpolicy.com
Current Conflicts, The World Affairs Network Blog, foreignpolicyblogs.com
Resources for Teaching the Middle East
Bodman Collection of Middle Eastern and Islamic World Films. The Bodman film collection at UNC-Chapel Hill is the largest compilation of films on the Muslim world in North America, and perhaps in the English-speaking world. For more information on this collection, borrowing a film, and associated rental fees, please contact the Media Resources Center (email@example.com). www.lib.unc.edu/house/mrc/pages/collection/bodman.html
Choices. Choices curriculum makes complex international issues understandable and meaningful. Using a student-centered approach, Choices units develop critical thinking and an understanding of the significance of history in our lives today. Middle East curriculum units include background readings, primary sources, a framework of policy options, student-centered lesson plans, and a role-play exercise that encourages students to apply their knowledge. Units of interest include:
Egypt’s Uprising and Teaching with the Newswww.choices.edu/resources/twtn_egypt.php
Globalization101. Globalization101.org is an Internet resource offered by the Levin Institute to promote a greater understanding of globalization. Globalization101.org provides information and interdisciplinary learning opportunities. The goal is to challenge thinking about many of the controversies surrounding globalization and to promote an understanding of the trade-offs and dilemmas facing policy-makers. For information related specifically to conflict in the Middle East and North Africa go to www.globalization101.org/news1/Middle_East
GPS Challenge. How well do you know what's going on in the world this week? Take the Fareed Zakaria GPS Challenge, updated weekly, to test your knowledge (or your students' knowledge) about what's happening in the Middle East, North Africa, and the world today!
Middle East Desk. Middle East Desk is a gateway to informed, engaged analysis and commentary on the most important stories from the Middle East and North Africa. Each country page features datebooks of newsworthy events; contact information for country specialists; a brief synopsis of the country’s recent history and pressing issues in its current affairs; almanac-style data; and links to background articles from the Middle East Report.www.middleeastdesk.org/
The Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP) and Middle East Report . MERIP is a non-governmental organization producing the Middle East Report. This magazine provides news and perspectives about the Middle East not available from mainstream news sources. The magazine has developed a reputation for independent analysis of events and developments in the Middle East. merip.org
Perry-Castaneda Library Collection. The PCL Collection is a general collection of more than 250,000 maps covering all areas of the world. On the main page view maps of current interest, highlighting Libya and North Africa. Users also can select a region of the world (Middle East) to see contemporary and historical maps. www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/
The Learning Network. The Learning Network provides teaching and learning materials and ideas based on New York Times content focused on the Middle East.
The Basics: Understanding the Upheaval in the Middle East
Ways to Teach about the Unrest in Egypt, the Learning Network, from the New York Times
World View Resources. Visit the World View website for resources on teaching about all regions of the world, follow this link for Middle East resources:
www.unc.edu/world/Middle_East_resources.shtml or an archived Global Updates focusing on Middle East teaching Resources.
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