As you have designed yet another bulletin board, an idea pops into your head. "Why couldn't the students do this?" Teaching a newspaper unit with all of the other standards to cover in Social Studies just doesn't seem possible. Or does it? What if your bulletin board was designed for current events for World History? Or Civics? Or American History? What if each period "sponsored" a month and "owned" it? What if you could incorporate debating into a lesson plan that would span two class periods and include a section for political cartoons?
This power point lesson plan gives you step-by-step instructions and all you need to supply is the newspaper. Or, perhaps not. Ask your colleagues to bring in day old, or even week old newspapers beginning a month or so prior to the first lesson. Whether you use AVID strategies, Kagan strategies, or a hybrid of your own making, you will find the one thing that will help students learn---engagement---by taking a job away from you and giving to them.
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