Learning Activity: Evaluate the events of 2005
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(CNN Student News) -- Your students will:
As a class, list some of the news stories that were included in the CNN Student News "Year in Pictures." Then, pose the following questions for discussion:
Explain to students that one of the roles of historians is to make choices about what information is most significant and meaningful. Organize students into small groups, and have them assume the roles of historians. Then, refer students to this story and additional Web sites to review the various news headlines of 2005. Challenge groups to create brief outlines for a section of a history textbook that will address the events of 2005. Inform them that the textbook is intended for students who will read it 10 years from now. Ask:
Encourage groups to share their outlines with the class, and have them explain the methods that they used to come to their conclusions. Have students predict what future generations might someday learn about these events.
As an extension to the activity, encourage students to construct a personal year in review, noting, for example, things to remember (or forget), accomplishments, goals, people met, places visited, lessons learned, favorite movies, music or television programs, etc. Students may present their "Year in Review" products as scrapbooks, photo albums, or print, audio or video essays. Ask: To what extent, if any, are there connections between world news events and your personal experiences in 2005?
The Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (http://www.socialstudies.org/standards/ ) are published by the National Council for Social Studies (http://ncss.org/).
II. Time, Continuity and Change: Students will learn about the ways human beings view themselves in and over time.
IV. Individual Development and Identity: Students will explore the influences on individual development and identity including culture, groups and institutions.
IX. Global Connections: Students will examine global connections and interdependence.
earthquake, tsunami, Indonesia, aftershocks, Aceh, terrorism, Transitional National Assembly, Shiite, Sunni, Kurd, Kurdish, Rafik Hariri, Lebanon, Syria, bird flu, pandemic, Terri Schiavo, Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Benedict XVI, London, NASA, space shuttle, Gaza, West Bank, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, New Orleans, FEMA, Ray Nagin, William Rehnquist, John Roberts, Sandra Day O'Connor, Harriet Miers, Samuel Alito, Pakistan, Kashmir, Rosa Parks, Palestinian, Saddam Hussein
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