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Summer Session - CURRENT EVENTS & MASS MEDIA

In this course we will take a historical and contemporary look at issues in international politics, the global economy, and popular culture.This course provides students an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the issues that frequent newspapers, television news, and other popular media and fuel the controversies that both divide our population here in the United States and around the globe. 

Course Objectives:

  • become more aware of the major issues of the day and become more informed citizens
  • be able to conduct research on current event topics using reliable websites and other sources 
  • form, support and express views and opinions on the major issues
  • learn to tolerate and coexist with people possessing viewpoints and beliefs that differ from their own
  • become more aware of media bias and become more media-literate
The abundance of information in our world today can be overwhelming, especially when we do not realize that some sources are more dependable than others. It is easy to be misled when we do not take time to explore issues with care.

Key Questions:
What information can we trust?

How do we know what is right or wrong?
Are we able to see truth in many viewpoints, while realizing that not all opinions are equal?


DATE
CLASS CALENDAR / INFORMATION
  Monday - July 16 Jojo's Travel Adventures
Tuesday - July 17  MORNING TOPIC: Introduction to CURRENT EVENTS & MASS MEDIA

CLASS PRESENTATION: A Sampling of Websites

- ProCon.org
- OnTheIssues
- Global Issues
- Huffington Post vs. Drudge Report
- AND The Onion (which people believe more often than you might expect)

CLASS NOTES: Mass Media and Current Issues TOPICS

DISCUSSION: What is our BEST plan?

AFTERNOON TOPIC: U.S. History - Period 1

DAILY ASSIGNMENT: Current Events ANALYSIS

U.S. History
- Period 2 / Chapter 2: pp. 23-31, 35-37
- Period 2 / Chapter 3: pp. 47-49, 53-55 
Wednesday - July 18 TOPIC: Current Events ANALYSIS

DAILY ASSIGNMENT: Current Events ANALYSIS

U.S. History
- Period 3 / Chapter 4: pp. 68, 70-77
- Period 3 / Chapter 5: 88-89
- ONLINE GAME: THE ROAD TO REVOLUTION
Thursday - July 19  TOPIC: Current Events ANALYSIS

DAILY ASSIGNMENT: Current Events ANALYSIS

Excerpts from Liberty video

 U.S. History
- Period 3 / Chapter 5: 90-94
- Period 3 / Chapter 6: 103-109
Friday - July 20 TOPIC: Current Events ANALYSIS

DAILY ASSIGNMENT: Current Events ANALYSIS

Excerpts from Liberty video

 U.S. History
- Period 3 / Chapter 6: 
Monday - July 23
Tuesday - July 24
Wednesday - July 25
Thursday - July 26
Friday - July 27
Monday - July 30
Tuesday - July 31
Wednesday - August 1
Thursday - August 2  
Friday - August 3
Monday - August 6
Tuesday - August 7 
Wednesday - August 8 
 Thursday - August 9