What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the mission of TWEENTRIBUNE is to get young readers to follow the news. There are age-appropriate sections for kids, tweens, and teens. The content runs the gamut from educational to fluffy, with substantial coverage of celebrities and brands. Comments are moderated.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- reading comprehension
- global awareness
Thinking & Reasoning
- making conclusions
- thinking critically
- conveying messages effectively
- social media
- evaluating media messages
Engagement, Approach, Support
Articles contain quizzes and critical-thinking questions that personalize and extend the learning experience. The site covers subjects that kids will find interesting, and they can post comments and discuss articles.
Kids learn about art, health, science, and other topics. Articles reinforce reading, critical thinking, communication, and language skills. Kids can see the quiz answers they missed; questions can inspire further thought and discussion.
Twenty lesson plans, based on the Common Core Standards, are available. The site also offers tips on teaching kids argumentative reasoning, conversational, and other skills.
What's it about?
Seasoned news professional Alan Jacobson created TweenTribune to encourage young people to follow the news on a daily basis. The frequently updated site has different sections geared toward younger kids, tweens, and teens, as well as Spanish content. There's not a lot of hard news; the site leans more toward human interest stories, like tales of kids who've done extraordinary things. Other topics include technology, fashion, health, and sports.
Is it any good?
Readers will find engaging, reliable news coverage on TweenTribune, but the site is designed for educators to use in schools, and kids who aren't part of a class can't post comments. Still, it's a welcome change reading online comments that are, for the most part, thoughtful and respectful. TweenTribune also scores points for a user-friendly design that's simple but appealing.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about current events and how they affect our lives. Why do you think it's important to keep up with the news? How do you know if a news source is trustworthy?
How might current events affect you or your family personally? Do you have an opinion regarding the issues you've read about?