“I am not teaching about the impeachment inquiry. It’s too political.” These were words that came from an AP U.S. Government and Politics teacher on a listserve that I am on.
I was shocked when I heard those words! My instant reply was, of course, I am teaching my students about the impeachment inquiry! Where else would they learn about it, if not in government class?
I am a huge believer that we should not only be educating our students with content but teaching them to be critical of the world around, civically engaged in politics, and empathize with individuals in their everyday lives.
In all of my government classes, we have been discussing the impeachment inquiry and trial. I use the website All Sides to present balanced news sources for all current events.
My student’s present weekly current events with this assignment. They have to report on the same topic from a left-leaning and a right-leaning news source. They then need to connect it to the class in some way. I have three students a week present current events every Friday to the class. I grade with a simple checklist rubric that makes grading quick and efficient. I also have heard of other teachers showing CNN10 every week to present current events.
I really like putting the ownership on my student’s to find, present, and report on current events. It makes for an engaging Friday! They love discussing and debating current events. How do you teach current events and controversial topics?
Get the current event assignment here!