Current Events Civics Activities

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   Practical Learning Online Activity Book

   Pract The Facts™

                              Critical Analysis of Current Event Civics Activities in Today’s Media 

 11 supplemental civics activities in critical thinking and fact checking for 10th grade and above.

“Young people who recalled experiencing more high-quality civic education practices in schools were more likely to vote, to form political opinions, to know campaign issues, and to know general facts about the US political system,” said Peter Levine, director of CIRCLE. (THE CENTER FOR INFORMATION & RESEARCH ON CIVIC LEARNING AND ENGAGEMENT)

Course description

The course is designed to teach students how to critically seek out, analyze, and fact check information related to current event civic issues in the media.  By taking this class it is hoped the student will develop the skills to determine the validity and accuracy of the information they get from the media on civic related issues. Using articles and quotes from a variety of sources the student will discover how things such as omission, fake news, brand awareness, and point of view can affect how information is delivered via print, television, and social media.  Subjects covered in the course include issues both locally and nationally with respect to race, politics, education, health care and more. The students will be evaluated using essay writing, classroom participation, discussion questions and math problems.  It is also hoped that they will develop the ability to determine how they will react to the issue with respect to their life objectives and their community.

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 “Teaching civics is only partly the job of the schools. Other providers of such teaching—newspapers, unions, membership organizations and community groups— aren’t taking up the slack. People are sorting themselves into more politically and ideologically homogenous communities than they used to, he says. And the gap between the haves and the have-nots when it comes to opportunities for civic engagement is bad and getting worse.” (From Flunking Civics: Why America's Kids Know So Little)


Chapter 1. How Do I Pract The Facts

Chapter 2. Primary and Secondary Resources

Chapter 3. What Divides Us

Chapter 4. Points of View

Chapter 5. Know the Other Side

Chapter 6. Omission

Chapter 7. What is Beautiful is Good

Chapter 8. What’s in a Brand

Chapter 9. What’s in a Headline

Chapter 10. Fake News

Course Highlights:

Each chapter of the book includes the following assignments:

1. Quotations or statements related to current events (2016/2017) that the student needs to fact check (Pract The Facts).

2. Short essay writing.

3. Research

4. Critical Thinking

5. Mathematical questions

6. Discussion Questions  

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.


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