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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this weekly global news site carries the online arm of the print version sent to nearly 400 schools. There are different versions according to age (grades 2-12) and reading level and plenty of activity sheets to go along with each issue. Educators and individuals can subscribe to the print version for $50 a year (for individual access, users must enter their name, address, and other information; schools need to enter their school name and contact information).
What's it about?
THECURRENTEVENTS.COM is an educational tool developed by teachers that blends global news and interactive exercises to inform kids about the world. Each issue is a downloadable .pdf file that contains versioned articles. Tricky words include a pronunciation, and key words in each section are defined in the left-hand column, which also houses review questions to inspire discussion.
Is it any good?
The best part of TheCurrentEvents.com is how it tailors its different issues to different age groups. Easier versions encourage readers to read fun facts and include writing prompts to write a paragraph about what they think. More advanced versions encourage readers to respond to news topics. But in all versions, the information is designed like a newspaper, but with questions throughout the text, causing readers to stop, pause, and learn something new. Heavy on the global news, light on the previous know-how, TheCurrentEvents.com is a great way for students to learn about -- and react to -- global events.
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