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Current Events

Fall 2020

 

Course / Content Area:  Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is valid and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; identify false statements and fallacious reasoning, analyze how an author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them.

 

Description: In this class, the focus will be for students to become familiar with different types of news sources and to identify credible ones. Students will read texts to extract information and use it as evidence for debates. We will develop good researching skills and learn to express both facts and opinions in respectful and positive ways. Students will be encouraged to question ideas and concepts to gain a broader perspective. 

 

INSTRUCTIONAL GOALS: 

At the end of this course, you will 

 

COURSE SCHEDULE

Daily Schedule

 

The First few days of school, students will look at a different news source each day. The class will determine whether or not this is a source we can trust and to which we want to return. We will ask essential questions and rate the stories on a scale from Information only to Entertainment on. We will discuss the news in regards to how different sources portray the same event. At the end of each class, students will record 2 questions they still have about a specific event or story. 

 

Calendar of Topics and Projects

 

Unit X) Covid-19 in the media/Conspiracy Theories  

Unit 1) Headlines and the news cycle

Unit 2) What does Politics have to do with it?

Unit 3) Journalism and style 

Unit 4) Propaganda, rhetoric, loaded words. Are we just a herd of Sheeple? 

MIDTERM 

Unit 5) News from Africa

Unit 6) News from Asia 

Unit 7) News from South America 

Unit 8) News from Europe 

 

*** This is an Election year, therefore, we will be following closely the campaigns of both Donald Trump and Joe Biden. 

 

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

General Rules:

 

Grading Policies:

When students are absent, they are expected to make up all work they missed within 5 class days of their return to school. 

 

A+

97 - 100

B+

87 - 89.9

C+

77 – 79.9

D+

67 – 69.9

F

0 – 59.9

A

93 - 96.9

B

83 – 86.9

C

73 – 76.9

D

63 – 66.9

 

 

A-

90 - 92.9

B-

80 – 82.9

C-

70 – 72.9

D-

60 – 62.9

 

 



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