The Learning Network
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Learning Network uses the news of the day from the New York Times to create a blog and other news-related activities that engage teens and tweens. This site is also a resource for teachers who are creating lesson plans related to current events, history, science news, and more. The site doesn't necessarily edit what's happening in the world, so tough subjects might come up.
What's it about?
When kids log on to their own special home of The New York Times, they get the day's news, kid-style. Kids can read news summaries of the day's top stories (some might be about tough subjects such as war or killings), take new quizzes, complete crossword puzzles with Web links, learn a word of the day, and go back in time with \"On This Day,\" which displays the front page of the paper from days gone by.
Is it any good?
With THE LEARNING NETWORK, the New York Times definitely raises the bar for stories that are typically found on teens and tweens news sites. Kids won’t find much here about Justin Bieber or the latest video game release. What they will find is lots of ways to learn about and discuss the issues of the day. This is good news, especially for those teens and tweens who can meet the challenge of thinking about and commenting (in non-snarky ways) on real issues related to complex topics. For teachers, there’s an incredible depth and breadth of lesson plans here.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how to comment on blog posts in appropriate, civil ways. This is a good place for tweens and teens to start commenting on social issues and reading other people’s posts.
Talk about why it’s important to keep up on current events. How do national or world events affect your family, your community, or your teen's school?
|Subjects:||Social Studies: citizenship, cultural understanding, global awareness, government |
Language & Reading: discussion, reading, reading comprehension, text analysis
|Skills:||Communication: asking questions, conveying messages effectively |
Responsibility & Ethics: following codes of conduct, respect for others
Thinking & Reasoning: making conclusions, solving puzzles, thinking critically