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 subjects that marked the summer news and take the opportunity to question the students about their highlight of the summer.
At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:
- Identify topical issues that marked the summer of 2015;
- Locate different headlines on a world map;
- Consult the Internet to find information on a headline in order to write an informative text;
- Identify some commemorations that took place this summer;
- Discuss the importance of keeping up with the news.
ACTIVITY 1: Media at all levels
Several events marked the news during the summer season. As a whole class, review the events of summer 2015.
Ask students to name hot topics or events that made headlines this summer at various levels, whether international, national, provincial or regional. Have students complete the following table individually before pooling all the answers:
ACTIVITY 2: Locate the cuffs
To start, invite students to find the headlines referred to in the presentation table below. Students must put the letters back in the correct order in order to obtain a topical subject that marked the summer of 2015:
For each headline, ask students to locate where it happened.
Finally, have students choose one of the three headlines and search the Internet for the topic to compose a short text that describes the events.
ACTIVITY 3: Events to commemorate
This summer, several events affecting different fields were commemorated. To discover some of them, first invite the students to guess what it is by giving them some clues:
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Answers: Oka Crisis, Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima, Death of Louis XIV
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…)