Newspapers and Magazines
- ABC News 4 Kids. ABC News 4 Kids posts new stories every Tuesday and Thursday appropriate for elementary and middle school students. Each news article has an interactive, animated
presentation. Also included is an archive of previous articles.
- AskERIC Lesson Plans: Current Events. Current events lesson plans for grades 3-12.
- Brain Bowl. Brain Bowl, from the Learning Network, is a weekly current events game which can be played by one player, two players, or Kid vs Parent. Players can view answers from previous weeks' games.
- Children's Express. Children's Express WorldWide (CE) is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated international youth news service produced by kids and teens 8-18 for adult print, radio, TV and online media. CE stories cover serious issues such as youth violence, homelessness, politics, teen pregnancy and race relations, and are updated weekly on the CE site. The CE site also features polls, reader feedback, stories by readers (and a form for submitting stories), and detailed information about the CE organization itself and its news bureaus in the United States and United Kingdom.
- CNNfyi.com. CNNfyi provides teachers with instructional materials for integrating current events across the curriculum. A student section keeps students in grades 6-12 aware of the latest news of interest to them. Lesson plans, background material, profiles, links to useful Internet sites, and forums for interaction with other teachers are also included.
- Evening News Abstracts. Vanderbilt Television News Archive began taping the evening news broadcasts of the three major networks, ABC, CBS, and NBC, on August 5, 1968. This collection has been abstracted with story level descriptions. The Abstracts can be browsed by date or searched.
- NewsCurrents. This is a current events site suitable for middle school students produced by Knowledge Unlimited. It offers a weekly "Who am I" question, various research activities and web links to other current event issues, and a free online "NewsQuiz" (ten multiple choice questions that change every week).
- News of the Century. The News of the Century contest challenges students in grades 4-12 to select and research the people, places and events that impacted a specific year of the 20th century and then allows them to create their own online newspaper. All submissions will be showcased in the News of the Century Online Gallery. There is no cost to participate in the contest. Deadline for entries is March 31, 2000.
- Newsweek Education Program. Click on a cover date for a Newsweek Magazine issue and find discussion questions and student activities for your high school current events program. Click on Resources for a series of cross-curriculum worksheets.
- Newspapers in Education (NIE Online). Sponsored by The Detroit News, NIE Online provides links to daily lesson plans for use in teaching current events. The site also includes an index of weekly plans.
- New York Times Learning Network. Among its contents is a Daily News Quiz, a Daily Lesson Plan, a Lesson Plan Archive, and Teacher Resources.
- Scholastic News Zone. The News Zone presents current events for students in grades 3-8 in a fun way. Included are the top news stories, activities such as Vote Now, Games and Quizzes, Special Reports and Teacher Tips.
- School Zone. The site promotes the use of newspapers and the Internet in the classroom, and includes curricula, projects, creative writing, and links to other educational sites.
- Star Tribune Online Idea. The site, provided by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Star Tribune, features monthly and weekly thematic classroom activities, a daily online news quiz, an online catalog of materials and services, bulletin boards, and Homework Help.
- Student Newspaper Project. Ann Butcher provides an interdisciplinary project for grades 4-6 that combines the many aspects of creating a newspaper with use of the Internet. An excellent way to bring current events to the social studies classroom.
- Teaching Units from the Calgary (Canada) Herald. The Calgary Herald provides teaching units that can be adapted to any newspaper. Units vary. Some provide problem solving, creative or simulation activities. Others provide detailed lesson plans and worksheets. Don't miss Creating a Classroom Newspaper which details unit and lesson plans for creating a classroom newspaper. It shows how to integrate journalism into various curricula. Great for Social Studies classrooms. Suitable for grades 6-12.
- TIME for Kids. TIME for Kids (grades 5-12) features people and events in the news, historic profiles, a cartoon of the week, interactive talk back and online quizzes.
- Time 100. One century, 100 remarkable people. TIME has profiled those individuals who - for better or worse- most influenced the last 100 years. They are considered in five fields of endeavor, culminating with Person of the Century.
- Twenty-Five Great Ideas for Teaching Currrent Events! Education World features great ideas for connecting current events to all subjects including social studies.
- U.S. News Online. A weekly Teacher's Guide for using the online site sponsored by U.S. News and World Reportin the secondary school social studies classroom. Lesson plan contents include a note on grade level and subject area, objectives, materials, discussion questions, and suggested activities.
- Vocal Point. The Vocal Point is a student-driven, collaborative electronic newspaper directed by Centennial Middle School students in Boulder, Colorado. In each issue, Vocal Point covers a significant local or national topic from the middle school student's perspective. Each monthly issue has a different theme.
- Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition. The Wall Street Journal publishes a monthly full-color Classroom Edition designed to help teachers improve the economic and business literacy of secondary-school students. The Classroom Edition is part of a commercial educational program which includes
teacher guides and a video. This site contains sample copies of the newspaper as well as articles, lesson plans and subscription information for the full program. Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from the site, is required.
- Weekly Reader Galaxy: Current Events. Hot news and more for grades 6 to 10 students and teachers.
- A&E Television.Programs from A&E make exciting and useful additions to middle school, junior high and high school curricula. To find resources intended to accompany the A&E Classroom programs, click on A&E Classroom.. For program listings, click on TV Listings..
- Africans in America (PBS). PBS offers this companion site to their new television series of four programs that chronicles the history of racial slavery in the United States. Each of the four programs contains a Narrative (historical essay) and a Resource Bank (over 400 items, including biographies and events, historical documents, and interviews) and a Teacher's Guide.
- Cable in the Classroom Online. The site, sponsored by the magazine, Cable in the Classroom, provides cable television program scheduling, taping rights, searches by topic, and much more.
- Clinton Years. Told from inside the presidency, ABC News Nightline and PBS's Frontline present the first look at the Clinton era. The site is appropriate for senior high school students.
- CNN Lesson Plans and Multimedia Resources. Lesson plans for CNN's TV Newsroom World View for kids. Tape it while you sleep (1:30a.m.-2a.m., M-F). Usually presents five or six brief segments. No commercials.
- C-Span Lesson Plans and Teaching Ideas.. Weekly lesson plans and activities for C-Span broadcasts.
- Discovery Channel. Upcoming program listings and lesson ideas from the Discovery Channel. Requires a Netscape Browser.
- Discovery Channel School.Discovery Channel School Online is a place where teachers and students can get the most out of Discovery programming. Includes classroom activities and games.
- Media Watch (NCSS) The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) provides a listing of current and upcoming TV programs of interest to social studies teachers and students. Included is progamming information for PBS, The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, The Learning Channel, CNN Newsroom and Nickelodeon's Nick News hosted by journalist Linda Ellerbee ( Wednesdays & Thursdays, 5:30-5:55 a.m., ET.) Nick News is a magazine-format program that answers the questions kids in grades four to six might want to ask, covering current events and issues such as the environment, gender stereotypes, and AIDS.
- Nova Online Teacher's Guide Library. Nova Online presents Teacher's Guides for several of their current season's television programs. The site also includes links to previous season's Teacher's Guides.
- Online News Hour. Online version of PBS's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer presents transcripts of the day's broadcasts. The site also includes background briefings, a searchable archive, forums, and more. Some segments are available in RealAudio format.
- PBS. Ideas for using educational television programs in your social studies classroom.
- Teachers.Nick.Com.(Nickelodeon's Web Site for Educators with Nick News) The purpose of this site is to inform pre-school, elementary, and middle school teachers about Nickelodeon's daily educational television shows (5:30-6:00am). The site includes a Monthly Program Calendar with accompanying lesson plans.
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