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Current Events Guidelines and Rubric

Purpose:  In order to more successfully contribute to our community and society at large, you must be current on the world’s issues, updates, and changes.  Being an informed citizen and discussing current events will give you a better perspective on different points of view.  This will also give you opportunities to read material in multiple genres and in multiple contexts.

 

Example Assignment by Ms. Shackelford

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Example Assignments by Mrs. Russell

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Weekly Genres/Literary Strategies

Week 1: News section/4 details

Week 2: Lifestyle section/author's purpose

Week 3: Sports section/cause & effect

Week 4: Opinion section/author's viewpoint

Week 5: News section/4 details

Week 6: Science section/compare & contrast

Week 7: Social science or history section/cause & effect

Week 8: Opinion section/faulty reasoning & validity

Week 9: Personal choice for genre and literary strategy

 

Weekly Assignment Due Dates

Odd Periods:  Due TUESDAY

Even Periods: Due THURSDAY

The assignment is due on the date specified, unless otherwise noted. If the date falls on a holiday, or class is interrupted for school events, the assignment is due the next class day the class meets.

 

Grade Scale

20 points - 100%

19 points - 95%

18 points - 90%

17 points - 85%

16 points - 80%

15 points - 75%

14 points - 70%

13 points - 65%

12 points - 60%

11 points or less is an F

 

Project Directions - Freshmen and Sophomores

Article Guidelines:

  • Article must be current - within approximately one month of due date.
  • Article must be relevant - it must pertain to the essential question we are discussing.
  • Article must be from an appropriate source - NOT Wikipedia (see suggestions).
  • Article must have an appropriate subject matter - articles with excessive violence or inappropriate subject matter will not be accepted and receive a grade of zero (0).

Directions: Every week you will read a current events article and turn it in with a typed response.  The news source may be digital or print.  All assignments are due on the dates given.  If you have an “excused” absence on a due date, your assignment is due the next class period.

Specific Directions (FRESHMEN AND SOPHOMORES):Choose an article that pertains to the essential question we have been discussing.  You need to read the article.  It is HIGHLY suggested that you mark the text or take notes as you read.  You will need to turn in a complete written response and attach the article.  The written response should include the following:

    I.  Title and Date of Article – Write the title of the article and the date it was published, centered at the top of the page.
   II. Summary – Summarize the main idea of the article.  This should be a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 8 sentences.
  III. Connection to Essential Question – State the essential question.  Then, write how this article ties to the essential question we have been discussing.  It should also include evidence from the text that supports this. This should be a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 8 sentences.
  IV. Literary Strategy – Write down the specific literary strategy for the week and discuss how this pertains to the article.  For example, if the strategy is author’s purpose, explain what the author’s purpose of the article is and text clues that helped you figure it out.  This should be a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 8 sentences.
    V.  APA Citation – This must be in the correct format.  You can use www.noodletools.com

 

Project Directions - Juniors and Seniors

Purpose:  In order to more successfully contribute to our community and society at large, you must be current on the world’s issues, updates, and changes.  Being an informed citizen and discussing current events will give you a better perspective on different points of view.  This will also give you opportunities to read material in multiple genres and in multiple contexts.

Article Guidelines:

  • Article must be current - within approximately one month of due date.
  • Article must be relevant - it must pertain to the essential question we are discussing.
  • Article must be from an appropriate source - NOT Wikipedia (see suggestions).
  • Article must have an appropriate subject matter - articles with excessive violence or inappropriate subject matter will not be accepted and receive a grade of zero (0).

Directions: Every week you will read a current events article and turn it in with a typed response.  The news source may be digital or print.  All assignments are due on the dates given.  If you have an “excused” absence on a due date, your assignment is due the next class period.

Specific Directions:  Choose an article that pertains to the essential question we have been discussing.  You need to read the article.  It is HIGHLY suggested that you mark the text or take notes as you read.  You will need to complete a written, typed response.  The written, typed response should include the following:

        I.            Title and Date of Article – Write the title of the article and the date it was published, centered at the top of the page.

      II.            Summary – Summarize the main idea of the article.  This should be a minimum of 8 sentences.

    III.            Connection to Essential Question – State the essential question.  Then, write how this article ties to the essential question we have been discussing.  It should also include evidence from the text that supports this. This should be a minimum of 8 sentences.

    IV.            Literary Strategy – Write down the specific literary strategy for the week and discuss how this pertains to the article.  For example, if the strategy is author’s purpose, explain what the author’s purpose of the article is and text clues that helped you figure it out.  This should be a minimum of 8 sentences.

      V.            Personal Response - Write your response to what you read. Did it evoke an emotion? What were your thoughts after reading the article? Explain and give examples. There is no minimum number of sentences.

    VI.            APA Citation – This must be in the correct format.  You can use www.noodletools.com.

 

Examples - How to Use Noodletools

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Current Events Rubric

CATEGORY       4 3 2 0
Content Shows a full understanding of the topic.    Shows a good understanding of the topic. Shows a good understanding of parts of the topic. Does not seem to understand the topic very well.
Stays on Topic

Stays on topic all (100%) of the time. Stays on topic most (99%-90%) of the time. Stays on topic some (89%-75%) of the time. It was hard to tell what the topic was.
Required Information All required information was included for the assignment. Elements were missing and/or no evidence of attempts to complete assignment.
Works Cited All evidence of works was cited.    Works were not cited or incomplete.
Timeliness Assignment turned in on time. Assignment not turned in on time.

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