Teenagers are self-absorbed. I get that. (Heck, most adults we know are also pretty focused on themselves, no?) Nevertheless, I’ve been troubled in the past few weeks with some of my students’ inability to give concrete examples as they try to support their opinions. While working through our current Greek mythology unit, for example, I require my freshmen to pull a theme out of each story and then research an example from our modern world to illustrate that theme. Some students are able to write about a relevant political event or recent natural disaster without needing any research at all; others, though, look at me with wide bovine eyes, uncertain where to even begin.
To open my students’ worlds a bit and give myself some time to work one-on-one with kids who need extra support, I built this current event assignment that forces students to dig into a news article of their choosing:
A stack of free copies of our local newspaper is delivered to campus each day, so I can grab an armful of those and have my students get to work. Other times, I’ll book the computer lab or use the laptop cart and have students read an online article as they complete the assignment grid. I’m also thinking this’ll become a handy make-up assignment when students are absent and miss an impossible-to-replicate group activity.
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Teach on, everyone!