Reading comprehension and analysis: the top U.S. news stories of 2008.
There are many ways teachers can use this issue's top-news feature in the classroom. This suggested lesson plan comes from Lisa Arce, who teaches seventh- and eighth-grade students at Selden Middle School in Centereach, New York.
Students will review some of the major events of 2008 by engaging in a series of activities, which will reinforce summarizing, sequencing, reading comprehension, writing, and analysis skills.
Skim "The Top U.S. News Stories of 2008" (pp. 3-5) to find the following information:
* 3 negative events, what they are and why
* 2 positive events, what they are and why
* 1 new vocabulary word that you learned while skimming the article.
Have students choose three mini assignments from the choice board at right. Every student must choose the assignment in the middle box. The other two assignments must come from boxes that form a straight line (vertically or horizontally) with the central box, as in tic-tac-toe. Students can work on these assignments in pairs or individually, in class or at home.
Teachers will issue "exit tickets" that require students to answer the following question: Name one topic that was newsworthy in 2008, and make one prediction relating to that topic for 2009.
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|Date:||Jan 5, 2009|
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