Making Current Events a Part of Your HS curriculum


There are many benefits to keeping up with current events in your homeschool and plenty of creative ways to do it. It’s a good way to teach your own values and beliefs about local and world events but also can be a way to introduce the opinions and beliefs of other people.

Newspaper

Some may think it’s archaic but the first place to start is the good old newspaper. Of course, this is now available online but there is just something wonderful about a real newspaper. The Sunday paper is always the biggest and includes local and world news in it. It’s also sometimes insightful to read the “opinions” section of the newspaper to see how a variety of people feel about subjects. Maybe encourage your student to write their own “letter to the editor”. For fun do not forget the comic section! It could prove to be a great conversation starter to discuss particular news articles of interest.

News Websites

  • Channel One News– Includes a variety of news resources for a variety of ages.
  • Time– A great resource for international news.
  • PBS NewsHour Extra– News for Students and Teacher Resources
  • 7–12 Grade Level
  • NY Times Learning Network– Here is a great place to get ideas for teaching about current events.
  • NewsRound– This is run by BBC news and is an interactive site about international news that includes videos, quizzes, games and more!
  • Youngzine– Has news plus more for the young.
  • DOGOnews– A great place to create lesson plans about current events.
  • TeenTribune– A great resource for current events and history created by the Smithsonian.
  • God’s World News– A Christian based news resource that includes information for all ages!

Writing Prompt

Use the information that your teen has been reading about, whether online or from a newspaper, to write their own news article on a topic! Another idea along those lines is for them to write an article about an event that they attend. It could be a field trip, a sporting event, or even a concert they went to.

Real News VS Fake News

“Don’t believe everything on the internet” – Benjamin Franklin

An invaluable life skill to know for anyone is discerning what is real and what is not real, especially with what you read or hear on the internet. Teach students to check a supposed “fact” from multiple sources. Also to know with television news that certain stations will be slanted more toward particular opinions.

FactCheck.org

Fake or Real?

How to Spot Real and Fake News

How to Tell if an Online Article is Real, Fake or a Scam

4 Tips for Spotting a Fake News Story

 

 

 

About 

Joy Capps is a homeschool bookworm residing in the mountains of western North Carolina. The only one who loves books more is her 16-year-old daughter. They both enjoy perusing old bookstores for treasures and sniffing books. Her son who is 18 has special needs, is the social butterfly of the family and has never met a stranger. Although she is originally from South Dakota she now calls North Carolina her home and she and her family love exploring the great outdoors. Her family has been homeschooling since 2005.


March 15, 2019

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