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Social Studies - 6th Grade
Standard 4 Objective 2
1 class periods of 45 minutes each
Global issues today can best be understood by studying the newspaper, the source that carries our current information. This lesson is to introduce students to how to use newspapers to understand what is currently happening in the world today.
Enduring Understanding: Students will understand current global issues.
Essential Questions: What pressing issues is the world facing today?
Know what the current issues are to help guide students in their reading. A few examples are: hunger, famine, genocide, child labor, pollution, poverty, political turmoil, and natural disasters.
Students will use skimming and scanning for this assignment. Scanning is like a copier or scanner that scans the document quickly. Students who are scanning should let their eyes scan the page looking for bold writing, colors, pictures, titles, and main ideas that are easily evident from looking across the page for a few seconds.
Skimming is letting the eyes go across the page from right to left looking for smaller clues but still not reading every word. An example is reading the first sentence in every paragraph to understand the "gist" or main idea of the text.
Ask students what some of the current global issues that exist today. Make a list as a class.
Students will skim and scan newspapers to find current world issues. Students will determine importance of global issues to decide which ones are the most pressing in the world today.
Summary of the current global issues