Current Events

Why do we study history?  Perhaps the most important reason we study history is to gain an understanding of the world as it exists today in order to create change in the future.  Therefore, in order make the material that we study in class more relevant to today’s globally connected world, we must also examine the events that are occurring in the present.  Through the Current Events assignment that I am rolling out today, you will gain an understanding of different issues, events and people that will continue to influence the future of our planet.

This is an on-going assignment and you will meet in your discussion groups at least 12 times this school year.  Most of our meetings will occur on Early Release Wednesdays.  These early releases are provided throughout the year to allow teachers to have professional development time in the afternoon and they provide an excellent opportunity to stop and chat about state of the world.

While I won’t reiterate the entire contents of the assignment here (you can read about it below), I will say that learning to read and annotate complex news stories will help you to share the contents with your discussion group and help make you a better global citizen.

In class today, we discussed the assignment, students briefly met with their groups to assign topics and articles (they were provided this week, but will be student chosen in the future), and then went to work reading and annotating.  Students are expected to come to class tomorrow, Wednesday the 16th, fully prepared to share their articles.

The articles can be found at:

Africa Asia
 Article 1 – Boko Haram

Article 2 – Hunting Ban

Article 1 – Elections in Singapore

Article 2 – South China Sea

Middle East Europe
Article 1 – Iranian Natural Gas

Article 2 – Russian-U.S. Tension

Article 1 – Refugee Crisis

Article 2 – Aegean Sea Migrants


The Current Events assignment sheet can be found over on the Assignments page, or below: