Prepping Your ‘Summer Sizzle’: The Hot Seat Returns

Summer Headlines...that's hot.

Summer Headlines…that’s hot.

Now issuing your summer homework…TAKE NOTES!

This won’t require too much effort while you’re soaking up the summer sun, but you’ll be glad you did it when that first week back rolls around…

The ‘Summer Sizzle’ activity is a simple, unintimidating way to immerse students in the real world events that General Paper pursues.  Keep a log of this summer’s big headlines, then apply them to the activity linked below:

Hot Seat ‘Summer Sizzle’:  Instructions/Activity Overview

Hot Seat ‘Summer Sizzle’ SAMPLE Headlines List from 2013:  Sample List of Headlines (2013)

Want more guidance on how to run the Sizzle?  Check this previous post…lots of advice on ways to organize groups, approach questioning, spark discussion, etc…

2013 Blog Post…READ ME!

This is lots of fun to assign for a Friday, and it gives students the chance to be conversational with you about the news…encourage them to be curious!  The GP experience is all about inquiry, so remind them that they aren’t expected to ‘know-it-all’ and that ‘General’ Paper certainly doesn’t expect that of them either.  Instead of just spitting out facts like an Internet clone, students should allow their general understanding of the issue to lead them to new questions; by the time they’ve satiated their need for answers, they should arrive at their own conclusions about the issue and its situation in the world.

INQUIRE –> RESEARCH –> DISCUSS –> QUESTION –> THINK CRITICALLY –> DETERMINE JUDGMENT 

Perhaps as the teacher, you have a few questions of your own.  Take this opportunity to show students how to pursue these curious moments responsibly.  Just a couple of talking points to stimulate discussion:

  • Where might we go for answers?
  • What does it mean to corroborate that information?
  • How do we read for information versus reading for analysis, etc.?
  • Where do we find and how do we identify primary versus secondary information in an article?
  • How do we take what we’ve read and put it into our own words?

PAVICH’S WORKING LIST FOR THE ‘SUMMER SIZZLE’…

  • Santa Barbara oil spill (May)
  • Boston bomber verdict (May)
  • Charleston church shooting in SC

    Top Summer Headlines: In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court makes same-sex marriage legal nationwide.

    Top Summer Headlines: In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court makes same-sex marriage legal nationwide.

  • Maximum security prison break chase and capture in NY
  • Confederate flag controversy
  • Terrorist attacks in Tunisia (also France, Kuwait)
  • Same-sex marriage legal nationwide 
  • Nuclear talks with Iran

Best of luck preparing your list.  Share your ideas on The Global Pen’s Facebook page by responding to this post there!

Yours In Collaboration,

Jill Pavich, NBCT

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