The Well-Informed Student: Current Events & Writing (Tues. 9:00-10:15 9/10-12/3)
The Well-Informed Student: Current Events & Writing
13 weeks: September 10, 17, 24 October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 November 5, 12, 19 December 3, 10 (No Class November 26)
Location: Mission Viejo Family YMCA
What’s in the news? Students will begin their day in thoughtful conversation about the events of the week. In this introduction to news literacy, students read a variety of age-appropriate articles from “TIME for Kids” magazine. By writing brief expository and opinion pieces, summaries, an journalistic reviews, we explore the important and exciting stories that explain the world around us. With an emphasis on recognizing authentic and trustworthy journalism, this class teaches careful note-taking, the skills necessary to closely read and understand a non-fiction text, introduces new vocabulary words in context, and provides writing practice which connects student to the important issues of the day.
Expository: These are the facts . . . The expository essay is an informative piece of writing that presents a balanced analysis of a topic. In an expository essay, the writer explains or defines a topic, using facts, statistics, and examples.
Opinion: This is a formal piece of writing which requires the students opinion on a topic. The opinion should be stated clearly. Throughout the essay they will give various arguments/reasons/viewpoints on the topic, and these will be supported by evidence and/or examples. They may also include an opposing viewpoint in a paragraph.
Summary: Summarizing is an important tool for school success. Students will practice the two important skills for being proficient in summarizing: identifying the important material in the text and restating the text in your own words.
Journalist Review: A descriptive analytic summary of an article from a book, scholarly article, and other source relevant to a particular issue. Students will take an in-depth look at how an author from “Time for Kids Magazine” crafted their article. In assessing each piece, consideration should be given to: each piece, consideration should be given to:
- Provenance—What are the author's credentials?
- Objectivity—Is the author's perspective even-handed or prejudicial?
- Persuasiveness—Which of the author's theses are most/least convincing?
- Value—Does the work ultimately contribute in a significant way to understanding the subject?
Outside Classwork: Students write and revise each week. Depending on ability level, students should expect to spend approximately 1-1.5 hours a week
Instructor: Adrienne Collins