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Current Events. 1. Question How do current world events affect our lives?. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9. Mrs. Cormany’s 4 th grade class Grand Blanc Community Schools 2006. 2. The Task.

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current events
Current Events

1. Question

How do current world events affect our lives?


Mrs. Cormany’s 4th grade class

Grand Blanc Community Schools 2006

2 the task
2. The Task

ABC12 News has just fired their 6:00 evening news anchor and they’ve hired you!! Our world is constantly changing. New discoveries in science, wars breaking out and massive natural disasters are only a few topics in the daily news. You need to become a reporter and dig for an interesting story to communicate to our fourth grade class. Besides just reporting the facts on a news worthy story, your task is to tell us how your news affects our lives.



3 the student activity
3. The Student Activity

Using the links below, research several current event articles. Choose the one that interests you most. Read the article twice.



Here’s your assignment: First, plan your summary

of your current events by thinking about the 5 W’s.

Click here to go

to 5 W’s handout

Your next job is to write a summary of the article you read. Include the

who, did what, where, when, and why. Keep in mind you will be telling the class your

news story as an ABC12 reporter.

Click here to go to Current Event Form

4 assessment
4. Assessment

As you write your news report, include the 5 W’s and explain how your topic relates to one of the Core Democratic Values (upheld or broken). Your report must also include an explanation of how the current event affects you.       

Core Democratic Values

in pictures

How will I be graded on my

written Current Event Report?

Core Democratic

Value Definitions

How will I be graded on my speaking skills?


6 dig deeper into current events
6. Dig Deeper into Current Events

After your current event report, ask 10 classmates an opinion question about your topic with answer choice of agree or disagree. Create a bar graph showing the results.

Watch the world news at 6:30 on a weeknight. Write a paragraph telling about what’s happening in the world that day. Then write another paragraph describing your reaction to the events.

Use the following links to learn more about current events.


7 standards benchmarks
Language Arts



Connect personal knowledge, experience, and understanding of the world to themes and perspectives in text through oral and written responses.

R.CM.04.04 Retell and summarize grade level appropriate narrative and informational text.


Content Standard 2: All students will demonstrate the ability to write clear and grammatically correct sentences, paragraphs, and compositions.

1. Write fluently for multiple purposes to produce compositions, such as stories, reports, letters, plays, and explanations of processes.

Content Standard 10: All students will apply knowledge, ideas, and issues drawn from texts to their lives and the lives of others.

1. Make connections between key ideas in literature and other texts and their own lives.

Language Arts


S.DS.04.04 Plan and deliver presentations or reports focusing on a key question using an informational organizational pattern.



Respond to questions asked of them, providing appropriate elaboration and details.

Social Studies

Strand: Geographic Perspective

Standard 5

All students will describe and explain the causes, consequences, and geographic context of major global issues and events.

Benchmark SOC.II.5.LE.1Locate major world events and explain how they impact people and the environment.

7. Standards & Benchmarks


8 teacher tips
8. Teacher Tips
  • Explain Current Event Report to parents at Fall Open House (perhaps post on website)
  • Create a student schedule and post in classroom/website
  • Discuss with the students how to choose appropriate news topics (avoid homicide….)
  • Provide paper copy of 5 W’s handout
  • Provide paper copy of Current Event summary form


9 bibliography
Citations for URLs

Core Democratic Values

Current Event content


9. Bibliography



Who, What, Where, When, Why Organizer

Go back to Assignment slide

current event form
Current Event Form

Name ________________________________ Date _________________________

Current Events Report

Name of Website/Newspaper/Magazine:____________________________________

Date Issued:______________________

Summary: In 6-8 sentences, please summarize the current event. Include the 5 W’s and a Core Democratic Value connection (and definition).










How does this current event affect you, Grand Blanc, Michigan, USA, or the world?




Go Back to Assignment Slide