Teenagers are more connected that ever and yet they seldom have any understanding of major world events. This handout is targeted toward broadening student's global horizons in a format that is not overwhelming for them. Instead of picking single articles for students to read I have them research world headlines (link to BBC News site included in handout directions), thus reducing the stress or frustration they may feel when assigned full articles.
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The purpose of this activity is to help students develop background knowledge of world events and increase global citizenship.
I generally take my students to the computer lab to do this for a 50 minute period. That way I can walk around and discuss the topics they are looking at together. The conversations have been very interesting and I can tell they learn a lot.