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News, Politics, and Global Issue Discussions for Middle & High School

This ongoing course will focus on global news topics with a focus on politics, climate, and technology. Learners will be exposed to news content and engage in discussions regarding current events.
Striving Students Towards Success, LLC.
179 total reviews for this teacher
11 reviews for this class
Completed by 100 learners
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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8:30 – 9:25 AM

Next on Mon, Oct 3

Meets Once per week
4:30 – 5:25 PM
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Class Experience

Answer the 5 W's (who, what, where, when, and why) for a current event topic. 
Learners will be able to identify where global issues are arising on a world map.
Learners will be able to identify and discuss the role of world leaders and business people that are in the news today. 
I have two New York State certifications in Special Education (Generalist) and English Language Arts for grades 7-12. I have been working in classrooms as a co teacher, resource teacher, and English teacher for over ten years. During that time, I have worked in Global History, United States History, and Government/Economics classrooms so I am familiar with teaching current events to high school learners. As an English Language Arts teacher, I am experienced in finding credible research and news articles for learners to accurately gain information as well as teaching learners how to find credible sources when conducting independent research. 
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
The course will utilize news sources such as BBC News, Business Insider, Forbes, The Hill, New York Times, and various sources that I will do my best to be sure are not biased to any political party. However, I will also try to provide students with articles from known bias media sources regarding the same influencer so students can cite differences of reporting regarding the same person and/or news story. I will utilize Fox News and CNN for this type of learning as they tend to be polar opposites regarding liberal vs. conservative views. I will use these opportunities to further learners' understanding of the political system in America and how it is perpetuated by the mainstream news media. I will also encourage learners to post their own news articles and/or videos found to discuss during live class meetings. 
I explore a variety of news websites with students and I regularly ask students if the article/video we are discussing is left, right, or centrist leaning. We will occasionally access articles from other countries like Sky News, France 24, the South China Morning Post, and Global Times in order to get a different perspective from American news media. I always remind students while reading an American news story to identify the bias and rating from Media Fact Check: The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, CNBC, Fox News, Aljazeera News, the New York Post, Vice News, DW Reporting, China Uncensored, the Guardian

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Striving Students Towards Success, LLC.
Lives in the United States
Certified & Speciality Subject Teachers
179 total reviews
156 completed classes

About Us

Hello! My name is Nicole Hess and I live in the city of Buffalo, New York. I have a Master’s Degree in Special Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature. I have been teaching in New York state for over ten years and on Outschool for... 
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