Subject: Social/Current Events Grade: 7/8
Essential Question (guiding overall unit of study):
Current Events (as preface to larger outcomes)
Guiding Questions (specific to lesson):
- Whose news is important?
- Is one type of news story more important than the rest?
Outcomes (what should students know, understand, and be able to do as a result of this lesson?):
Compare the sources of power for individuals, nations, and regions in a selection of Pacific Rim and circumpolar countries. PA7.1
Indicators – assessment evidence (what will students do to show what they have learned?):
Students will recognize the differences present within such close proximity to Regina
Assessment Strategies (formative- before, during, and summative):
- use “set” to think about global news articles and the value these have in our society
- during “development” discussion, allow students to dialogue casually by using the turn and talk method, bringing these ideas forward to the whole class
- upon exit, students will hand in their exit discussion question handout
Instructional Strategies (specific):
- have both news articles printed to be used as reference in class
- have exit questions prepared and printed prior to class
- allow for wait time as this lesson is based on questions rather than activity
- to clarify information in news articles while reading, provide support by circulating classroom
Differentiated Learning/Adaptive Dimension (what adaptations in content, process, product, and learning environment will be provided to meet diverse student needs?):
- provide support in answering exit discussion questions by first asking the questions to the whole class
- clarify words or passages in the news stories that may prove to be difficult prior to, or during silent reading
Preparation (materials, resources, equipment):
- local, current news stories printed as handouts (one per student)
- laptop and projector to display both news stories (potentially)
- exit questions printed as handouts
Set (5 min):
- ask students a couple questions to gauge prior learning: Have you looked at current news articles/stories before? If so, what were they? Have students summarize and list these on the board. Where did these stories take place? Do we notice any similarities? (none of them happened locally)
- students and I will conclude that although these stories are important and relevant in our lives, it is important to be aware of what is going on around us locally as well
Development (15-20 min):
- students will read both articles individually
- as students begin to finish the readings, I will hand out exit questions for them to fill out as we discuss
- after reading both articles, ask questions including: Why do you think each of these stories made the news? Do any of you know where Piapot First Nation is? South End Regina? Do either of these local news stories effect you directly? Even if the news story doesn’t affect you directly, is it still worth knowing? Is knowing local Regina news better or worse than knowing national/international news?
- make sure separate questions are asked about each article as to not lump the issues together
Closure (5 – 7 min):
- ask more questions to inspire deeper thought: Would you rather safe, brown drinking water or unsafe, clear drinking water? When referring at the Piapot article, do you know why the reserve has no firefighters and has to rely on other towns for this service? What other services are missing on reserves?
- this last question could be used as lead up for a more thoughtful lesson on resources in our province and the inequities we see specifically on reserve land. What was promised through Treaty?
- have students complete their exit discussion handout before they leave class
State of emergency declared at Piapot First Nation after fire claims water treatment plant: Piapot First Nation declared a state of emergency Tuesday after the reserve’s water treatment plant burned down overnight.
Brownish water from some Regina taps not a health risk, says city: Some residents in southwest Regina have noticed rusty water flow from their taps recently, but the city is assuring the public that it’s safe to drink
Example questions for exit slip:
How is the story relevant to your life? If it isn’t, who might be affected by it.
How does this event make you feel? What is making you feel this way?
Does this event tell you something new about the world or celebrate an achievement?
Does this story highlight a problem? If so, what are some possible solutions?