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Flying Through Literacy

With Current Events


About Myself
Joseph Fabian

Bachelors Degree Middle Childhood Education (Math and
Social Studies) Cleveland State University

Masters Degree in Curriculum & Instruction (Middle
School Science) Cleveland State University

Masters Degree in Library and Information Science
Kent State University

Teaching 4 years
2 years 7
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/8
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Grade Parma City Schools
2 years 5
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Grade Euclid City Schools

IceBreaker
Why Use Current Events?
Cover a wide range of
subjects and connect to
all areas of the
curriculum.

Build vocabulary,
reading comprehension,
critical thinking,
problem solving, oral
expression, and
listening skills.
Develop informed
citizens and lifelong
newsreaders.

Help to enforce media
literacy skills.

Can lead to open
communication
between students and
parents.

Offers opportunities for
co-op learning.
What the Research Says
According to Edward F. DeRoche, Dean of Education at University of San Diego
Students who use
newspapers tend to score
higher on standardized
tests.

Newspapers help teach
students to be effective
readers.

Newspapers can develop
and improve student
vocabulary, word
recognition skills and
comprehension.
Newspapers are effective
tools for teaching many
math concepts,
particularly fractions,
decimals, currency and
averages.

Newspapers increase
awareness of and interest
in current events.

Students who read
newspapers in school
tend to continue reading
them when they become
adults.
Ideas for Using Current Events
Independent
Reading Assignment

Class Discussion
Topics

Class Debate Topics

Class Speech /
Presentation
Assignments

Small Group
Activities

Large Group
Activities

Partner Activities

Think-Pair-Share
Activities
Example Lesson - Video
Example Lesson Worksheet
Example Lesson Extension Activity
Questions?
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workshop for the future!