When you are on vacation, it often happens that you learn about an event long after it has taken place. Holidays are made to "get away" from everyday life, so it is quite normal not to follow the news assiduously. It is when we return from vacation that we sometimes learn disturbing news. And, in a few weeks, significant events are happening around the world.
So let's take a few moments to review the topics that marked the summer news.
At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:
- Identify topical subjects that marked the summer of 2014;
- Search for information on the events surrounding the tragic death of either Robin Williams, James Foley or Michael Brown;
- Carry out a press review of a chosen theme and build a timeline containing the main news of this theme.
ACTIVITY 1: Significant events
Several events marked the news during the summer season. As a whole class, review the events of summer 2014.
Using the Internet, students should find information on the topics covered in the sheet below:
ACTIVITY 2: Tragic deaths
During the month of August, several tragic deaths were reported by the media. Ask students if they can identify some of the people who lost their lives and the circumstances of the death.
Here are the main deaths in the news in August:
- Michael Brown: young African-American, died on August 9
- Robin Williams: famous American actor, died on August 11
- James Foley: American journalist, died August 19
Then, individually or in teams, the students will have to research in order to learn more about the events surrounding the death of one of these people. They will need to find the necessary information in order to complete a diagram like the one below:
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ACTIVITY 3: Surprising news
Invite the students to discover the news of the last few weeks according to different themes.
In teams, they will have to choose one of the following categories: regional, international, sports, sciences, arts and techno. Then, by consulting different media such as Cyberpress and Radio-Canada, they will have to do a review of the main news concerning the chosen category.
They will have to build a timeline and place news of their choice there, those they find most surprising for example. In addition, they will have to indicate the source of the news on their timeline.
Finally, you will be able to display the different timelines on the walls of the classroom so that everyone is aware of the various news that have arisen this summer.
As a whole class, discuss the importance of keeping up with the news. Why is it more difficult in the summer to be on the lookout for news? Ask the students how they heard about different news this summer (friends, parents, social media, television…)