How can we ensure that students are aware about the latest happenings around the world? Are they armed with the tools to distinguish between fact and opinion; between evidence based statement and empty rhetoric; between solid journalism and sensationalism. The best way to do all this is through practice. Here are the top ways to help teachers bring current happenings into the classroom.
Reading and Writing
Recommend students to read today’s news headlines and find what interests them. You can also ask students to pick one article each week and write about why they selected it. Find the news that can help you improve your life. You can ask students to write an editorial as well on the issue that matters the most to them. Help students perform world news analysis from different sources instead of relying on a single source. The most powerful way to engage students is to make them write articles or opinion pieces as a student journalist.
Speaking and Listening
The debates can be organized in the classroom so that students develop arguments and support a point of view on current events. Students can also be asked to generate a question on the issue they are reading about and then conduct a one question interview to their classmates. You can also ask students to brainstorm solutions to the world’s problems. A news inspired theatrical performance is also a great way to spur thinking and discussion about current events.
Games and quizzes related to current events, photographs, illustrations, infographics and videos related to latest news will also keep the students actively engaged. Help them identify the reliability of the news sources and distinguish facts from opinions.
How Social Media Users Discover Latest News
Facebook is a chief source of website referrals for numerous news outlets; however, the users who arrive via Facebook spend far less time and consume lesser pages than those who arrive directly. This is true also for users who arrive via online search.
Thus social media is gaining importance in preferable mode to check news on different topic areas. On Facebook, users generally see entertainment news while twitter distributes the news breaks.
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