Our network serves students from various underprivileged neighborhoods in Chicago, IL. Despite facing numerous challenges due to socio-economic forces, our kids are striving to fill skills gaps and to reach goals on their road to college and career readiness.
My students are overcoming challenges to become effective citizens.
Even with our city's budgetary crisis, our students are engaging in personalized, project-based and cooperative learning. I want them to have have every opportunity to reach for their dreams of becoming writers, speakers, rappers, astronauts, athletes or President.
We use the resource in several ways, including reading comprehension, critical thinking and critical media literacy.
Junior Scholastic provides ready-made reading comprehension and news analyzing activities, including scaffolded materials for students with skill-gaps.
All students can access current events at their reading level. In addition, those who can truly go deeper in analyzing this content can do so.
Further, this resource does a great job offering multiple perspectives and an age-sensitive point-of-view on the, sometimes very serious, issues of today’s world. This is helping my classroom to engage in ongoing conversations about the issues of the day and those that they will soon face as citizens.
Students incorporate this into their learning in multiple ways. Some students elect to use them during independent reading time. The articles and activities are sometimes built into their projects and personalized research. Other times, they offer some explanation and/or discussion points about confusing or sensitive current events.
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