(Read all instructions and view the sample before your begin.)
- Find a news article that interests you.
- Copy and paste the article by paragraphs into the current event template
- Save the template document in your folder.
- Read the article thoroughly looking for who, what, when, where, why, and how.
- Cover up the article so you can only see the title
- Read the title and highlight the answers to who, what, when, where, why, and how
- Write two guide questions in the margin. (A guide question is a question that you think will be answered in the article.)
- Right: What were the 48 felonies the cops committed?
- Right: Why did the cops commit these crimes?
- Right: What is going to happen to the cops?
- Wrong: What is a felony?
- Move your paper down and read the subtitle and highlight the answers again
- Move your paper down to the bottom of the first paragraph. Read the first paragraph and highlight any important information. Write a comment about the
information that you've highlighted.
- Do the same with all the paragraphs in the article.
- Check if the article answered your guide questions.
- Write a summary that, at least, answers the questions Who? What? When? Where?
- Make sure your summary answers the larger questions How? and Why? If the article discusses why or how it happened.
- Write your reaction to at least five sentences, in which you describe what you think and how you feel about the article. You can start your sentences with starters like:
- I think ... because...
- I can relate to this... because
- I feel... because...
- I chose this article... because
- I'm confused... because
- I agree/disagree... because
- This upsets me... because
- I still wonder... because
- I liked this article... because
- This is interesting... because
- Now I want to know . . . because
- Now I understand . . . because
Make sure to add a BECAUSE to these sentences. Wrong: I liked this article. Right: I liked this article because it helped me see that the police are humans who don't always do the right thing. Right: I liked this article because it showed that the Oakland police department is cracking down on corruption.
- Reread your summary and reaction to make" sure that they make sense and that there are no errors.
- Highlight and define at least three words from your article.
- Double check your work by looking at the Current Events Checklist Form.
- Celebrate a job well done!
See an example current event report.