Current Events Journal

East Asia - China

Using the following global regions and/or topics:

  • Bangladesh

  • Belarus

  • China

  • European Union

  • The Hague Tribunal (Slobodan Milosevic – Serbia)

  • Northern Ireland

  • Kyoto Treaty/Protocol

  • Macedonia

  • Mexico

  • The Middle East

  • Nigeria

  • Russia

  • The Taliban in Afghanistan

  • War on Terrorism

  • The United Nations Conference on Racism (held in South Africa)

You are to locate, read, summarize, and comment on TWO (2) articles for FIVE (5) of the global regions and/or topics listed above. These are to be submitted as a “Current Events Journal” totaling TEN (10) article summaries.

Articles are to be fairly current and substantive – use articles that lead the reader to understand and think about important global issues and concerns.  Articles should be political, economical, cultural, social, religious, and/or military in nature.  Be sure to provide a “balance” for your journal.  You have a fair amount of latitude in selecting your articles within these guidelines/context.

Article Summary Requirements

  • Read and summarize the article [one paragraph]

  • Comment on the article:  reflect on what you read, make connections that go beyond strictly personal commentary, tie to the Global History and Geography curriculum, provide outside information (including key themes and concepts), and what issues concerning the contemporary world does it raise?  [one to two paragraphs]

  • Attach the original article or copy of the article to a typed summary/commentary. 

  • As an alternative, you may combine both article summaries into one detailed commentary–however, please use in-text citations for ease of reference to article sources. 

 Journal Format

  • Cover page including name, course/class period, teacher’s name, and submission date*

  • A Table of Contents page which lists for each article (in this order);

    • number of entry (#1 - #10)

    • area/region of the world and category/issue

    • title, author, source, and date

  • Each entry should include the information required – total of TEN (10) article summaries

  • Also include the Journal Scoring Rubric at the conclusion of your journal

  • Typed; 12-point font; double-spaced

Scoring Rubric

5

Makes clear and deep connections between previous and/or current learning and entry

Extensively uses terms, names, strategies, and other information vital to the profession correctly and accurately

Demonstrates strong insight, reflection, and introspection

Grammar, punctuation, spelling, and verbal expression are flawless and characteristic of a scholarly professional
 

4

Clear connections established between previous and/or current learning and entry

Uses terms, names, strategies, and other information vital to the profession correctly and accurately

Evidence of insight, reflection, and introspection

Flawless grammar, punctuation, spelling, and verbal expression
 

3

Makes some connections between previous and/or current learning and entry

Tends to be more general, vague, or unspecific when making applications

Some insight, reflection, and introspection

Minor errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling, and verbal expression
 

2

Few connections between previous and/or current learning and entry

Applications are exclusively vague, unspecific, or general

Little or no insight, reflection, and introspection.  Entry tends to be a simple narrative of what happened or what was read.

Errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling, and verbal expression detract from the presentation of the entry
 

1

No connections between previous and/or current learning and entry

No applications made to previous and/or current learning

Lacking in insight, reflection, and introspection

Errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling, and verbal expression have rendered the presentation indecipherable
 

0

No entries submitted

Entry is irrelevant to the objectives of this project

 Directions

  • Locate an article from newspaper, magazine, Internet, etc.

  • Complete all components of current events analysis

  • Submit all analyses in “Current Events Folder” for your respective class period on a regular basis

  • Ten article summaries are required for submission each quarter

  • You are responsible for the coordination of this academic requirement!!!

Name   _________________________________________
Date ___________________________________________

 

1. Title of Article ________________________________

    Author(s) _____________________________________

    Source of Article  ______________________________
    Page(s)
__________

 

* If Internet is used as the source, please indicate web address
  (i.e., www._______.___)

 

     Date of Article ________________________________
*** Attach original or copy of article ***

 

2. Nation  ________________________________________

 

    Region:   Sub-Saharan Africa   Eastern Europe

                   East Asia                Western Europe
                   South Asia              Latin America

                   Southeast Asia        The Middle East
                   Russia/ Commonwealth of Independent States (C.I.S.)

 

3. Global Issue/Theme _______________________________

 

4. Briefly explain the "connection: of this article to Global History and Geography.

 

 

 

5. Summarize the main ideas of the article.

 

  2008 NYSED