ERIC Number: ED369723
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Civic Competence and the Pace of World Events. A Clip Board of Activities for Using the Newspaper.
Using the newspaper to provide opportunities for students to learn current events and further develop writing skills is described. Seven activities outline how to use cooperative learning to teach current events. Four types of assignments based on newspapers develop various types of writing skills: (1) personal writing; (2) descriptive writing; (3) expository writing; and (4) persuasive writing. The next activity focuses on the triangle style of writing. Social studies activities provide active involvement in speaking, writing, listening, and reading skills. Practice locating specific details in newspaper articles develops reading skills. Political cartoons and comics provide ideas for using humor in student activities. An example of a bio-historical poem shows an unrhymed poem that gives each student an opportunity to listen or read and then write about a figure in the news without the difficulties of composition. The final idea for using a newspaper is to create a file box of 14 activities listed. A student contract for studying the theme of using the newspaper provides students the choice of contracting for certain requirements and the agreement of teacher and parent. (CK)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Presentation made at the Downeast Social Studies Conference (1993).