News We Can Use: The Learning Network


I stumbled on this blog as I was preparing to teach 8th graders how to research current events. The Learning Network, an educational site using New York Times content, has been around since 1998 but it was just transformed into a blog last October. I’m somewhat of a news junkie now but as a teenager I didn’t have a clue what was going on in the world. You’d think students today, with global internet access and hundreds of cable channels, would be much more aware of current events. Surprisingly (or not), I’ve found that most teenagers I know aren’t too sure what is happening outside of their circle of 643 facebook friends. That’s why I was excited to find The Learning Network blog. It’s for older middle school/high school students (and teachers and parents) and includes current news items, related activities, quizzes, and even lesson plans. I’ve probably just scratched the surface. You need to check it out for yourself. I particularly like the 6 Q’s About the News activities, the Daily News Quizzes, and the Word of the Day (today’s was “dupe”… haha). I’m going to start quizzing my 16 year-old about current events each weekend. I’m sure she’ll love me for it… …later… …much later.

Keep reading and keep learning!