2nd Semester Update! After listening to your feedback this semester, Current Events will be changing in order to simplify the process.  Going forward, a selection of articles will be provided for you in class the Friday before the discussion.  You may also find, read and annotate your own article for 5 Points of Extra Credit.  See the new Assignment Sheet for full details!

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 this Current Events assignment, 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.

Download the assignment sheet: Current Events

Discussion Dates:

First Semester Second Semester
September 16, 2015
September 30, 2015
October 14, 2015
October 30, 2015 (Friday)
November 18, 2015
December 9, 2015
January 13, 2016
February 10, 2016
February 24, 2016
March 9, 2016
March 23/24, 2016
April 20, 2016
May 11, 2016

Click on the date to see the available articles!

How to find GOOD news articles:


Annotation is when you write notes in the margins of a text that you are reading in an effort to fully engage with the meaning of the words on the page.  Your notes might include questions, observations, opinions, reactions, feelings, emotions, connections or anything else that helps you absorb the information.  Essentially, you are recording your thoughts as you read any given sentence or paragraph.  When reading complex material this strategy is helpful for ensuring that you don’t miss details or ideas present in the text.

In class, we will be reviewing this guide called Understanding How to Annotate.  It is a handy reference with good strategies for annotation.  We will be focusing on the “While your Reading” section for right now.

As always – Let me know if you have questions!