(one week depending on whether research and prep is done in or outside of class and 1 - 2 class periods for presentations)
- Distribute the handouts Current Events Project (Student Handout 1.3.1) and Current Events Analysis (Student Handout 1.3.2) to the class. Read through the outline of project with the class. Group students (approx 7 groups of 5 students) and assign a region of study. Allow students to meet with their groups and distribute the workload and obtain each other’s information (i.e. Email/ phone numbers).
- The following day, take students to the library or computer lab and help them research the required information for their topics. Have them take notes. Each group should have all of the information that they need to organize the presentation in class the next day. Any additional research should be done for homework.
Some helpful websites for Regional information:
New York Times
Wall Street Journal
Christian Science Monitor
- Distribute handouts and Oral Presentation Skills: Three Basic Steps (Student Handout 1.3.3) to the class. I also have an overhead of the Oral Presentation Rubric that I project to show them what my expectations are. Review the handouts with the students and then allow them time to work on their presentations.
- During the presentations, I instruct the rest of the class take notes, not on everything being said, but rather what they think is the most important information, i.e., what they think is the most convincing argument from each presentation. I will collect these from the students upon completion of the presentations. You may also use it as a point of discussion or debriefing after the presentations. Sometimes I have the students vote on which presentation they thought was the most convincing and award a prize to the members of that group.
In addition to the oral presentation, I evaluate students based upon the collected note cards, visuals and the Current Events Analysis sheets from the presentation groups. I also collect the notes on the presentations from all of the students.