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Name: _____________________                                                       Period:______

 

CURRENT EVENTS WORKSHEET

WEEK DUE:________  EXTRA CREDIT?:    Y      N

 

Directions: Find an article either in the newspaper or online from a newspaper source, Time.com, USA Today, The New York Times, etc., or any other reputable national or local source pertaining to local, national, or international social studies content (history, economics, archeology, or politics). Read the article and fill out the statements or answer the questions below.  You may not use articles on Entertainment/Gossip or Sports.  Please find and read about important issues in our world today.  Because this is a current events assignment you are to choose an article that is no more than a week old from when the assignment is given. Read the Rubric at the end of the worksheet to complete all the requirements for this assignment.  Attach the article to the worksheet.

 

This is not a critique of whether the article is good or bad. This assignment is a reasoned opinion of the issue presented in the article. It is designed to get you to explore your attitudes/thoughts/beliefs on various topics in the current world of Social Studies. Your opinion should draw on your own background knowledge and understanding, the information in the article, and your personal views. The result is expected to be an exercise in your critical thinking skills.

 

Topic of Article: _____________________________________________________________________

Title of Article: ______________________________________________________________________

Source: ____________________________________________________DATE:____________________

(name of publication or website address)

 

WHO is this article about? ____________________________________________________________

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WHAT is this story about?  List four important facts from your article.

 

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WHEN did this story take place? 

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WHERE is this event or issue occurring?   (Specify city, country, region, etc.)

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WHAT is your opinion on this subject and did it change because of what you read?

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CONNECT the article. Connect this story to something historical that we have learned about in class or that is historical in nature.  You need to defend why this is historically relevant.

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Grading will be based on the following rubric:

10 – Entire Current Event assignment displays the following requirements for each question/statement above:

  1. Demonstrates thoughtfulness, preparation, and accuracy.
  2. Reflects real understanding of the story and the issues.
  3. Follows directions.
  4. Is complete, neat, and includes entire article.
  5. Asks and answers a provocative (for discussion purposes) question.

 

8 – Current Event assignment is complete but lacks 2 of the above requirements.

6 – Current Event assignment lacks 3 of the requirements.

4 – Current Event assignment lacks 4 of the requirements.

2 – Current Event assignment or lacks 5 or more of the above requirements.