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ERIC Number: ED458551
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Pages: 8
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Reading Current Events Items.
Ediger, Marlow
People who live in a democracy should be well informed of local, state, national, and international happenings. Students should become curious about news items and relate current happenings to the personal self. They must possess skills in word recognition and in diverse kinds of comprehension since reading is an important way to glean current events items. This paper enumerates selected word recognition techniques which students must master to read with comprehension, including determining unknown words through context clues, using phonics to ascertain the correct word, and developing syllabication skills to determine an unknown word. The paper also discusses reading comprehension techniques, such as understanding new vocabulary, seeing each abstract word in print prior to reading the current events item, perceiving a purpose for reading the news item, discussing each possible answer to a purpose following the reading activity, and using current events ideas discussed and analyzed by making appropriate applications (making a mural, developing a vocabulary wall chart, completing journal writing activities, doing a time line). It lists several examples of issues students may learn about, such as cutting taxes for wealthier individuals as compared to those who are on the lower end of earned income, waging/threatening war against enemy nations as compared to attempting a peaceful solution, or emphasizing capital punishment for major crimes. The paper finds that critical thinking and creative thought should be emphasized for students who read about current events and that to deal with current issues, students need to do much reading and studying. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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