Today's Reading List
November 22nd, 2011
12:05 PM ET

Today's Reading List

Here’s what the editors of Schools of Thought are reading today:

WSVN-TV (Miami/Fort Lauderdale): Alleged bullying victim files suit against school district
A mother files suit against the Broward County School District after she says her daughter was bullied and complaints to the school were not addressed.

U.S. News & World Report: Counselors Say Schools' Missions are Misguided
According to a new survey by the College Board, guidance counselors believe that they are not being used effectively to help promote student achievement. Bridging cultural divide between teachers, students
"Cultural competency" training is being used to help teachers connect with students of different cultures and backgrounds.

San Antonio Express-News: Teachers go online to meet classroom needs
Teachers across the country can use the Internet to find funding for classroom supplies and equipment.

St. Louis Today: Vets returning to college face unique challenges
American colleges and universities expect to see a surge in enrollment as veterans return home. Some experts warn that many colleges aren't ready as these former service members transition from battlefields to college campuses.

Teachable moments in the news: Occupy Wall Street protests
The scene in downtown Manhattan as thousands get ready to march over the Brooklyn bridge on November 17, 2011.
November 22nd, 2011
08:08 AM ET

Teachable moments in the news: Occupy Wall Street protests

Editor’s note: As curriculum writers and journalists, we think there are teachable moments in almost everything that’s going on. In this ongoing series, we’ll take a look at individual news stories as they develop and give teachers and parents some ideas on how to approach them with your kids.

By Donna Krache, CNN

You might be in front of a classroom full of ninth-graders, or there might be protests in your community that prompt a discussion among students. There’s an opportunity to both connect what students are learning to real-world events and encourage them to think critically as they formulate opinions. One way to do that is to ask them questions that dovetail into what they are learning in class. Here are some suggestions in different subject areas to get you started:

Civics/Government: Why do Americans have the right to protest? What do you know about the 1st Amendment? What are some of the responsibilities associated with the rights we have?

U.S. and World History: What other movements in history have you studied? What political or economic events set the stage for these? Which movements were most successful in creating change? Why?

Media literacy: What do you think is the message behind these protests and who is producing it? Where would you go to get information about what is going on? How do you decide what information is credible?

You can also use the story to guide students on how to formulate opinions based on information. You could ask questions like: Do you have an opinion on the protests? If you don’t, how would you go about forming one? What kinds of information would you look for to prepare you to come to a conclusion? If you have an opinion on this story, what factors helped to shape your view?

For cost-free, commercial-free news produced for middle and high school classrooms, check out CNN Student News.

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