My students need access to reliable, high-quality, and grade level news sources. The New York Times Upfront is specifically geared for high school students, and they need a class subscription.
Today's youth are bombarded with misinformation. It is more challenging than ever to be an informed citizen, and yet critical to our health and well-being of our country. This year, I want my 12th grade Government and Economics students to regularly engage with the news and current events.
My Government students are a brilliant and spirited group of roughly 25 12th graders at a small, urban public school in California.
My school has a deep commitment to get first generation youth of color into college and we work hard to reach this goal! My students are roughly 98% youth of color, from mostly Latino, African-American and Pacific Islander backgrounds. Approximately 85% of my students receive free or reduced rate lunch. 98% of students are the first in their families to go to college.
As social studies teachers make the transition to the exciting new Common Core national framework for teaching literacy in school, we are presented with new challenges and opportunities. Our students need to learn the skills to read the world. I plan on integrating a Current Events thread throughout my 12th grade Government and Economics class this year. I want students to be regularly reading and discussing the news. I have planned a structure in which each week, 1 student will be responsible for choosing one article (that I approve) for the entire class to read each week. I will provide a supplemental article that offers a different viewpoint on the same topic. Every week we will co-facilitate a Socratic seminar in which students will discuss and challenge the claims made by the different authors. Additionally, students will have a portion of class devoted entirely to reading the New York Times Upfront in order to develop the practice of staying on top of current events.
Subscriptions to news sources cost money, and unfortunately my school doesn't have the funds to provide these critical texts for students to engage with.
Help my students learn the habit of citizenship through engaging with current events and the news. 25 subscriptions of the New York Times Upfront will open up the door for my students to recognize what reliable, trustworthy, and informative news looks like.
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|The New York Times Upfront, Grades 9-12 (min. 10 subscriptions per order) • Scholastic Classroom Magazines||$9.95||20||$199.00|
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