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Current Events

How to Complete a Current Event

Introduction: This year you will be required to complete a current events portion of the class.  Every Friday, students will be prepared to present their current events to the class.  It is my hope that together we learn not only the importance of historical events, but also to relate to them and understand their importance and impact on our current world. 

 Components: When it is your day to present you will need to have the following prepared:

1.      copy of the article

2.      summary of the article

3.      explanation of impact/importance to society

4.      reaction to article

5.      prepared questions to lead in class discussion

6.      a presentation of the above items   

Timeline: I will tell students on Friday who is to present the following week.  You will have one week to prepare.  Also, since this is considered CURRENT events, you must have an article written within the week of the assigned topic. 

  Acceptable Sources:

1.      Newspapers (online and in-print)

 2.      Magazines

3.      Online websites with current articles from .edu, .org, .gov sites only

4.      News websites (i.e. cnn.com, foxnews.com, msnbc.com)  


 

Grading:  All current events will be graded using the following rubric:  
CATEGORY 4 3 2 1
Summarizes The student has completely summarized in both oral and written form and is free of errors The student has summarized in both oral and written form and has a few errors The student has not completely summarized in both oral and written form and has many errors The student has not summarized the article
Interpretation and Importance The student has clearly stated the importance and impact of the article and has related it to other current and/or past issues within the world The student has stated the importance and impact of the article and has attempted to relate it to other current and/or past issues within the world The student attempted to state the importance and impact of the article and has attempted to relate it to other current and/or past issues within the world (only one) The student has not stated the importance and impact and has not related to world events
Reaction The student has selected an article which clearly causes a reaction from within which is articluated clearly. The student has selected an article which causes a reaction from within which is articulated. The student has selected an article which causes a reaction from within which is somewhat articulated. The student has not selected an article which causes a reaction or the student neglected to relfect and react towards the article.
Discussion The student has devised and preplanned thought provocing questions which generate good class discussion. The student has devised and preplanned questions which generate class discussion. The student has questions which may or may not be impomptu which does not lead to discussion. The student has no questions prepared.
Stays on Topic Stays on topic all (100%) of the time. Stays on topic most (99-90%) of the time. Stays on topic some (89%-75%) of the time. It was hard to tell what the topic was.
Content Shows a full understanding of the topic. Shows a good understanding of the topic. Shows a good understanding of parts of the topic. Does not seem to understand the topic very well.

  Please note, if you are absent the day that you are to present, you will be required to present the following Friday.  Also, if you are UNPREPARED and therefore cannot present on the assigned date, you will be required to present the following Friday and will lose half credit.  It is not my job to remind you of these deadlines.  Be responsible.

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