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 read and review an article that relates to the content we are studying in class. For example, when studying federalism you could review this NPR story about state marijuana laws; when studying Congress you could review this NPR story about congressional committees. Pro tip: avoid editorials and the opinion page, focus on fact-based reporting - Distinguishing Fact from Opinion in the news.
Only the following sources are acceptable. Any article must come from the past year.
If you find a good article from another source, run it past your teacher for approval.
The following sources offer fact-based reporting, diverse viewpoints, and are free.
Each of these web sites allows you some free access to their reporting.
Content Connection (thing we are studying in GoPo):
Article Publication Date:
Briefly summarize the article.
Explain the connection between this article and the class content.
Based on the information in the story, make a claim (say something you believe regarding the topic) that you can support with evidence from the story. Your claim and support should be a couple of sentences in length, extrapolating on this form:
I believe that ________________________ because of ________________________ .
(your opinion) (fact from the article)