News and current events are an important part of any good social studies curriculum. Incidentally, it’s also part of my dissertation study, but more on that another day.
The trouble with creating lessons around the news and current events is that it’s time consuming, and it’s always new. A good webquest or other lesson involving Internet-based resources requires time to research, collect, and curate those resources. It’s quick and easy to pull a NY Times article for reading and discussion; it’s time consuming to collect six to eight rich resources that cover a topic in some depth.
Well, if that’s your problem, here’s a potential solution: Choices and Teaching with the News.