There is nothing quite like a big event to bring the world together. We’re exposed to at least two big ones right now – Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 and the referendum in Crimea. You can’t turn on a television, radio, open a newspaper or go to your favourite online news site without seeing these stories near or at the top of the news.
It’s bound to raise questions from students in class and discussions at an age-appropriate level are helpful.
For the older students, it’s also a good opportunity to do some investigation into Literacy and the editorial slant of news providers.
The Anchorage Daily News and the Toronto Star features the stories prominently on their Sunday newspapers.
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- How are the stories treated from different locations about the world?
- Are the stories written by staff reporters or are they syndicated from other sources?
- What are the dangers of getting your news from one source?
- How do the various newspapers arrange their articles for maximum exposure?
- Can you read the newspaper from a different language source?
There are lots of good questions that can be generated.
Perhaps even a comparison of how your local newspaper stacks up with others around the world is in order. What kind of slant on the news is your community getting?
In addition to an awareness of current world issues, a nice benefit would be an ongoing appreciation for the news.