Lively Lessons: Global News

livelylessons_featuredIn this week’s Lively Lesson we highlight Global Stories and Global Wrap, revealing new ways to incorporate current events into the classroom. Both series can be used in a variety of ways and can be applied to numerous subjects areas. The programs are updated on a weekly basis, with new episodes available on My DE every Wednesday afternoon.

First, let’s talk about where to find Global Stories and Global Wrap on the site. After logging in to Discovery Education, you will be taken to your My DE page. In the upper right-hand corner of the My DE page, you will find a window titled Global News. Click on the arrow to toggle back and forth between the two series.

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Global Stories:
Global Stories offers a weekly showcase of the world’s top current events. Each episode provides in-depth explanations of two news stories and uses terminology that can be understood by younger students. The program targets Elementary School audiences.

In the Classroom:
Accompanying each episode of Global Stories is a Teacher’s Guide, which provides two lesson ideas for each story, and a transcript.

Transcripts can be used to help students look at key vocabulary words and better understand the material in each story.

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Global Wrap:
Global Wrap is a weekly roundup of the major news reports occurring throughout the world. The series provides an engaging overview of worldwide current events, the latest international affairs, and compelling news stories from around the globe. Global Wrap targets Middle School and High School audiences.

In the Classroom:
Facilitate a classroom discussion by having students research a political, social, economic, or environmental issue from an episode of Global Wrap. Students can represent opposing viewpoints and then pose possible solutions, examining the consequences of each.

Instruct each student to select one news story from the week’s Global Wrap episode to research further. Students can write in-depth articles on the current events to share with the class.

Challenge students to complete their own summaries of the week’s major new stories by Wednesday. On Thursday, compare student summaries with the Global Wrap episode on Discovery Education.

Do you use Global Stories or Global Wrap in your classroom? Share lesson ideas for Global News in the comments section below!

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