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Social Studies

Reading the News: Understanding Current Events in the Modern Era

In this ongoing course, students will read, analyze, and discuss current events, the historical and social context behind them, and how each event is portrayed in the media by a variety of news outlets.
Strive Academics LLC
1 total review for this teacher
Completed by 1 learner
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55 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

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
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Our goal will be for students to grasp a greater understanding of current events and the various circumstances that precipitated them. Students will not only learn about the occurrence of each event but will learn to think critically about the causes and implications of each event. Additionally, students will refine their ability to analyze the diction of each article to greater understand the purpose and biases behind each article discussed.
Ralston M. has been educating students in social studies, current events, and analytical thinking up to the collegiate level for over a decade. Since 2011, Ralston has helped several students contextualize and gain a better understanding of historical events through teaching several AP topics such as AP Government and AP US History and World History. In addition to these topics, Ralston has also tutored students in English/Language Arts, Economics, Writing, and Research. He diligently follows news and events from over 20 publications on a weekly basis and is adept and dedicated to finding credible sources and research in addition to helping students develop this vital skill.
Any homework will be to further engage with the news and pick an article, event, or circumstance based on what we discussed in class that day. This may be consumed in audio, visual, text, or other format(s). Students may be expected to provide a short analysis of these events between classes.
No supplies are needed for this class.
There is no formal assessment for this class.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
As we will be discussing current events, there may be times where some sensitive material is covered, especially in the case of world news or breaking coverage. As a rule, we will not discuss any groundbreaking events immediately after its occurrence to give more time for processing and analysis, but this class may include topics that are political in nature, involve violence, or otherwise.
We will primarily rely on original reporting from renowned news organizations including, but not limited to:
The Associated Press
The New York Times
The Wall Street Journal
The Hill
Fox Business
The Economist
Foreign Policy
Al Jazeera

Other sources may be occassionally used, especially when discussing opinion writing and bias.

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Strive Academics LLC
Lives in the United States
Educating The Next Generation
1 total review
4 completed classes

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