Current events discussions are difficult in class these days. Students who would not have spoken out a few years ago now have strong opinions and are not afraid to express them. Our students are also interested in debating current events, and the effectiveness of our leaders. They are passionate but often lack the facts. This week, I wanted to challenge my students to discuss, evaluate and express their informed opinions. They must discuss the North Korean talks, but they have to use data from neutral sources. To ensure full coverage of the topic students are divided into groups by their last names and their instructions include their resources.
The goal is simple, to have students discuss the issues without evaluating leaders.
They are entitled to their opinions and they will only be graded on how they use the facts provided to prove their points. Check out my assignment below and join the conversation. How will you cover current events this week?
This week President Trump flew to Hanoi, Vietnam to meet with Kim Jong Un for a historic summit. The issues surrounding North Korea are complex, the negotiations will take time and may or may be successful. The goal of this discussion is to allow you to explore one portion of the conflict with North Korea in detail and discuss its impact on the world and the country. Please describe the impact of your assigned topic and then compare it to two different classmates’ assignments.
For a satisfactory score, your initial responses should include specific support from course materials, including any readings, videos, or lecture notes, your own experiences, or other sources as detailed in the assignment instructions. Each post should include citations for the sources of your specific information.
You should also respond in a substantive way to other students, moving the conversation forward, presenting an alternative viewpoint, or providing additional support for the classmates’ ideas. Supporting information is expected in those responses as well. Thorough, conscientious participation throughout the week will be rewarded. There is no right or wrong answer and some answers will be common sense. Please refrain from discussing world leaders. This purpose of this forum is to evaluate current world issues and enhance your ability to present your researched opinions.
Please use the following sources to complete the assignment. While the sources for this assignment are provided you are still required to cite your sources in your posts.
President Trump returned unsuccessfully from the meeting. How does that impact student responses to the questions above and how will you engage your students this week?
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