Current Events

  • Writing up Current Events HW - Please refer to the following rubric:
     

     

    Current Events Rubric              Student Name _____________________________________Class: _____________ Date:__________

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    CRITERIA

    4 (100 – 94)

    3 (93 – 80)

    2 (79 – 65)

    1 (64 + below)

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    Summary Content

    Information from news article is clearly summarized. Includes at least four supporting details (who, what, where, when).

    Information from news article is generally clearly summarized. Includes at least three supporting details (who, what, where, when).

    Summary may be unclear or incomplete. Needs more supporting details details (who, what, where, when).

    Information may be copied directly from article or important details are left out. Details or summary may be confusing.

    Demonstrates no understanding of the theme; illegible; blank paper

     

    Connection

    Insightfully analyzes and clearly explains text-class connections of the news story.

    Includes an accurate explanation of text-class connections of the news story.

    Attempts to make appropriate text-class connections but lacks sufficient explanation to establish a direct connection.

    Text-class connection is inappropriate to the content/topic of the article.

     

    Conventions

    Writer makes few or no errors in grammar and spelling that distract the reader from content. Uses well-constructed and varied sentences with appropriate content-based vocabulary.

    Writer makes some errors in grammar and spelling that distract the reader from content. Most sentences are well-constructed and varied with basic content-based vocabulary.

    Writer makes major errors in grammar and spelling. Some sentences are not well-constructed. Similar words of basic vocabulary are repeated.

    Writer makes many errors in grammar and spelling. Sentences lack appropriate structure or are incomplete and confusing.

     

    • Use proper spelling, grammar and punctuation
    • Write a clear topic sentence
    • Explain the news story with 3 - 5 supporting facts/details
    • State the essential question you choose to connect
    • Explain how the essential question connects in 2 - 3 sentences
    • Write a clear closing statement.

    Our examination of Current Events is based on Essential Questions, questions that can be asked about any time or place in the world and in history. Some essential questions that we ask are:

     

    • How does a country respond to change?
    • How does the economy affect the way people live?
    • How does economic change affect society?
    • How do advancements in technology affect war?
    • To what extent is it important for a nation to have allies?
    • To what extent does racism affect a nation?
    • How do governments deal with society's problems?
    • How do government decisions affect society?
    • How can a small thing or event transform the world?
    • What is the responsibility of government in times of disaster?
    • What responsibility do individuals have to others?
    • Does technology improve the world?
    • Should the United States help police the world?
    • What is the responsibility of government to its citizens?
    • How does geography influence culture?
    • *People make choices. Choices make history.

     

     
    We use student-focused articles, photographs, videos, illustrations, and graphics.
     
    Below is a list of links we will use in class: