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Friday, May 8, 2009

Five "Week in Review" News Summaries

Many social studies teachers use current events stories in their classrooms to get students to observe and reflect on the news. Depending on the curriculum some teachers may have less time than they would like to discuss the news with their students. If you're in this situation and looking for some good "week in review" news summaries, try one of the following resources.

The Week in Rap may be the most entertaining news summary that you use in your classroom. As the name implies, every week a new rap music video summarizes the news for students. This week's video is embedded below.

Week In Rap 5.8.09 from Week in Rap on Vimeo.



MSNBC offers two visual reviews of the week in news. The Week in Pictures is a slideshow of images with captions of the week's biggest news stories. The Week in Political Cartoons is a weekly collection of Daryl Cagle's cartoons. On a related note, the Library of Congress offers a good activity for teaching students to evaluate political cartoons.

The BBC's Week in Pictures offers brief glimpses of political and cultural news from the week.

The New York Times publishes a Week in Review page based on all of their content from the preceding week. The collection includes articles and images of political and cultural news.

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