Hot Springs High School
Examining and analyzing major current events and issues affecting society within recent history.
An analysis and discussion of the effects modern events have on individuals and groups.
A discussion of how society is shaped by history and how history is shaped by society.
The events and issues of modern society have a dramatic effect on people living in the modern world. In order to better understand the world and the society we live in an understanding of current events and issues and how these events and issues affect society and individuals is needed. Through analysis and discussion of current issues and events a deeper knowledge of the world and society itself will be gained.
The goal of a current events course is for the student to become aware of the major issues of the day and to have an in depth understanding and appreciation of current events. The focus of the class will be issues that affect the student as a resident of the World, the U.S., South Dakota, and Hot Springs. The class will follow daily news events and will be expected to understand the social, political and economic issues on a daily basis. Each week, the class will focus on the historical development of a current issue. For example: The topic may start as news of the Middle East but will then trace the conflict between Israel and their neighbors. The objectives of this course are: to make the connection between current events and history, to enhance the student’s understanding of world events, to encourage students to be informed citizens, and to help them to make intelligent decisions as they take their place in history.
Possible Areas of Study will include but are not limited to:
Because you do not have a textbook for this course, much of what you will study will be from class notes, articles, and handouts. In order to succeed, it will be necessary for you to keep an organized, up-to-date folder. Keeping this folder is your responsibility. If you miss class, make sure you get any notes or handouts that we went over. You will hand in this folder at the end of each quarter. You will also have folder checks as part of your grade so make sure you are always taking notes and completing all the activities and assignments!
Current Events Briefing Assignment
Each student will have their turn on Monday or Thursday to brief the class on a significant current event.
Presentation dates to pick from will be provided.
1.Find a recent current event that connects with one of categories (see next page) and class content.
2.Research your event. To make a quality presentation, you’ll need to read multiple articles.
3.Create a Presentation for the day of your presentation.
DON’T include bulleted lists. There should be very minimal text. I don’t want to watch you do “Powerpoint Karaoke.”
DO include images/political cartoons/infographics.
DO may include YouTube videos (:90 max).
DO include the category or categories that you are connecting your event to (it’s OK to use text here). You should also connect your current event to content you have learned in your other core classes (Science, Math, English, or Social Studies).
DO cite your sources (it’s OK to use text here).
You have 5 minutes to share the event and answer questions.
Grading - 20 points total
■4 points being ready on your assigned day & having your Presentation on Classroom.
■8 points - Quality of your Slides Presentation - Did you follow the suggestions above?
■8 points - Quality of analysis:
○Did the student clearly tie their event to one of the course themes (see next page)?
○Did the student EXPLAIN what the current event teaches us our world around us? Did they EXPLAIN why it is significant?
■Grading Rubric: Nothin’ but Net - Made the Shot - Missed the Shot - Airball.
■New York Times - Politics
■Politico - Politics News Aggregator
■CNN - Politics
Current Event Categories