Current Events


8th Grade Current Events

Current Events are an integral part of the Core Knowledge Curriculum as it relates to historical events, politics, government and modern day issues. This monthly assignment will challenge students to stay abreast of local, national and global issues, and its impact on society. Students will analyze current issues using reasoning skills to solve problems and conflicts for our world.
Current events are submitted on the last school day of each month. Calendar of dates are listed on the next page. FOUR articles will relate to significant issues that may connect to our curriculum in Asia, Europe, North America. You may also include articles related to Science and Technology. When selecting articles, think about how the issue may have positive or negative effects on society today, or think about how you would make changes if given the opportunity. Car accidents, criminal cases and sporting events are not recommended for this assignment. Choose articles within the month current events are due. For example, if current events are due in September, find an article about an event that took place within the month of September.
You will also find ONE Political Cartoon to submit with your current events. Political Cartoons/Editorial cartoons are illustrations that show a humorous perspective on a political issue. Political cartoons are images that may portray a person’s opinion on a specific issue. Political Cartoons are found in the Opinion/editorial section, not comic section of a newspaper. You may also print from the internet. (political
Directions for each article: 20 points each article
(2pts) Read the article, highlight and annotate thoughts or ideas.
(2pts) Write the title of the article and author.
For each article, list the Who/what/when/where/how and respond
(1pt) Who: List the people who are involved in the event.
(1pt) What: What is the central idea about the article?
(1pt) When: When did the article take place? Give date.
(1pt) Where: Where did the event take place?
(2pts) Why: Why is the article important to our lives or the future? (If you feel this article is not important, select another article that is more significant to our lives.)
(2pts) How: How would to solve the problem or conflict in the article; how would you change the outcome; how would you change what has happened in the article?
(7pts) Last step: Write 1-2 well-written paragraphs to summarize the article using complete sentences. Include details for the reader to have a complete understanding of the article. Include what you have learned, too. Remember to use any evidence such as facts, numbers, quotes, analogies and examples to support your response.
(1pt) Staple your summary on top of the article and put in a folder. You can use the same folder every month.

Directions for Political Cartoons: Include in the same folder with the 4 articles.
Select a political cartoon from the internet or newspaper. Examine the cartoon by observing the picture, words, symbols and/or expressions on the faces etc. Write a paragraph that includes the following information:
____ 5 pts Include political cartoon
_____5 pts. Description of the cartoon (What or who is being shown? What are the facial expressions or other comical actions? What symbols are shown?)
_____ 10 pts. What message do you think the author is saying to the reader about the issue presented in the cartoon? Remember to use prior knowledge and any evidence such as facts, numbers, quotes, analogies and examples to support your response.



join or die


This cartoon shows a snake cut into eight pieces, each labeled with the name of one of the colonies. The position of each colony in the snake corresponds to the geographic position of the colonies along the American coast, with the snake’s tail pointing south and the head pointing north. The colonies, from tail to head (south to north), are: South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and New England (New England referred to the colonies of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Hampshire). The caption reads, “JOIN, or DIE.”
The cartoon appeared along with Franklin’s editorial about the “disunited state” of the colonies, and helped make his point about the importance of colonial unity. At the time, there was a superstition that a snake which had been cut into pieces would come back to life if the pieces were put together before sunset.
Additional guidelines:
*Current events can be hand-written and not required to be typed. Start early just in case you have technical issues at home.
*Include the articles and political cartoon with your summary of information in a folder.
*Current events count as a test grade. Accepted 1 day late for half credit.

Due Dates:

Aug. 31  1 article

Sept. 28  4 articles and 1 political cartoon

Oct. 31  4 articles and 1 political cartoon

Nov. 30 4 articles and 1 political cartoon

Dec. No current events are due this month

Jan. 31  4 articles and 1 political cartoon

Feb. 28  4 articles and 1 political cartoon

Mar. 29  4 articles and 1 political cartoon

Apr. 30 Last Set   1 article and 1 political cartoon