Journal Reviews connect student learning to actual real world events. I give students a journal review every week and let them comb the news for connections to our class content. It's hard work at first, but once they get the hang of it their learning becomes powerfully authentic and their media literacy shoots through the roof. One of the best compliments I get every year are all articles that my graduates send me to share with my current crop of students. Turn the world into your textbook and your students into informed citizens!
Every few weeks you will be expected to read and review an article that relates to the chapter and topic we are studying in class. For example, when we are studying civil liberties, you could read an article about restrictions on freedom of speech on the internet; when we are studying due process, you could read and analyze an article about student privacy rights in school. Only the following sources are acceptable for journal reviews:
The New York Times
The Wall Street Journal
The Washington Post
The LA Times
The Christian Science Monitor
The Guardian Unlimited
Each of these web sites allows you some free access to their reporting.
The article must come from the past 6 months. Each review must be no more than one page typed (I will count off ten points if your review is more than one page) and should include the following information:
Textbook Chapter Connection:
Article Publication Date:
Summarize the article and explain its connection to the chapter we are reading (one paragraph max).
Explain why this issue/topic/story is important (one paragraph maximum).
Explain your opinion on this issue/topic/story (one paragraph maximum).
Your work must be no more than one page, typed, and handed in at the beginning of class. You may not e-mail me your work.