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The World Civilization/Geography Current Event Assignment


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Required Assignment
Example of Product
Internet Link Support
Current Event Schedule and Student Work

Final Current Event Links

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The Current Event Project will count as 10% of your semester grade. The presentations will be made throughout the semester. Each student will work with one partner. Your current event will focus on the geography theme of Human-Environmental Interaction. Your teacher will provide you with a schedule of presentation dates.

You will be required to turn a draft in to the teacher 2 weeks in advance of your presentation. This draft will be reviewed and returned to you the next class session. You make any necessary revisions and return it to your teacher at least one week in advance of your presentation. It must include a hard copy of the CE report and a copy of the CE report on a disk. The disk copy must use MS Word. See your teacher for assistance on converting to this, if necessary.


Requirements for Students Presenting and Facilitating the Discussion

Check the schedule to find out when you will present your current event. Begin looking for a current event immediately. Two weeks before you are scheduled to present, be sure to hand in the following:

  1. a hard copy of your current event.
  2. A meticulously edited, typed , one-page report (12 point Times font, single spaced, with 1 inch margins) which includes:
    1. An executive summary of your article
    2. A brief explanation of why you chose this article
    3. what you perceive to be the central issue of the article
    4. what you understand to be the underlying (secondary) issues of the article
    5. which regions of the world these issues are immediately relevant to
  3. Five carefully thought out, meticulously edited, open-ended questions, which requires your classmates to apply critical thinking skills. Since each presentation team is required to lead a 20 - 30 minute discussion, be sure your questions are interesting enough to generate discussion;
  4. Three URL's or easily accessible other places, that lead to an article that provides background information, graphics (such as maps or photographs), additional perspectives or counterpoints, or any articles that will help students to understand the central issues relating to your current event.
  5. If your original article does not include a map, find an online map of the regional setting of your current event and include a link to that URL.
  • On the day of the current event presentation, presenters should explain the issues and provide any background information necessary to maintain a lively, informed discussion. If presenters would like more than five minutes of introduction time, be sure to inform the teacher well ahead of time.
  • Checking the calendar and being prepared when your deadlines arrives is YOUR responsibility. REMEMBER: a draft that includes steps 1-5 above are due 2 full weeks or more before your scheduled presentation.


Tasks for Non-Presenting students

 On the day of each presentation, all non-presenting students are required to turn in a 1 - 2 paragraph response for each of the of the five questions prepared by the presenting students. Your notes must demonstrate your preparation and depth of understanding of the issues presented during the discussion. Make references to the main article and the 3 supporting articles prepared by the presenters.


Assignment point distribution:


Presenter: Current Event paper, Article, and support items/links

....... 50 points

Presenter: The five critical thing questions

....... 20 points

Presenter: Class presentation and discussion of your CE

....... 30 points

Non-presenters: Critical thinking question responses [each presentation set]

note: these responses are a part of your regular grade period scores.

....... 30 points

Some suggested general topics of Global Significance:

  • Conservation
  • Pollution
  • Energy
  • Disease
  • Sustainable resources
  • Global Warming
  • Rain forests
  • Ozone Layer
  • Urbanization
  • Fisheries
  • Endangered Species
  • Human Migration

Class Presentation Schedule:

3rd Period

5th Period


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Current Event Example of Presenter's Article, Summary and Support URLs

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Title, Author, Source, Date & URL [if available online]
Fitzhugh, Jennie. "Miguel's Mission." San Francisco Chronicle, September 22, 2000.

 Half page summary of article (why you chose the article, the central and underlying issues, regional relevance)
The story  "Miguel's Mission" traces the journey of a Shipbo-Conibo Indian's journey to the San Francisco Bay Area. The article focuses on the cultural contrasts Miguel experiences as he adapts from a traditional isolated cultural environment to the cutting edge lifestyle practiced on the west coast of the United States. As Miguel prepares to return to his isolated rain forest homeland, he must decide what cultural baggage from California to bring with him and what to leave behind. 

 I chose this article because I am interested in the interplay between traditional and modern cultures and the question of whether traditional cultures can borrow ideas from the modern world and manage to maintain their traditional values and cultural integrity. 

 The central issue of this article is how Miguel has changed as a result of his journey and what cultural baggage he will choose to bring with him and what he will discard when he returns to Peru.

 Underlying issues include the tensions and struggles between developed and developing societies and cultures, the problem of preserving tribal and traditional wisdom in a rapidly developing world, the problems of environmental degradation, the clashing of cultures, the price of change, the looming extinction of indigenous societies and the potential of education to preserve or destroy.

 This story focuses on two primary regions: the Amazon rain forest and the West coast of California. The underlying issues described above pertain to all areas of the world where indigenous or traditional cultures fight to preserve cultural norms against the inexorable tide of the developed world.

 5 Critical Thinking Discussion Questions
1. How would you define culture?  What are the main differences between traditional and modern culture?
2. How would you define your family's culture-- are you traditional, modern, American?  What is American culture?
3. Why should we care about preserving traditional cultures? What does traditional culture have to offer those who live in the modern world?
4. If you were Miguel, which ideas or American cultural values would you bring back to your home village?  Which aspects of American culture would you leave behind? Why?
5. If you could give Miguel one American cultural artifact, tool or idea to bring back with him to Peru, what would it be? How would you want him to use it? 

 3 Supporting URLs (background info, maps, photos that support the main article)

 Miguel is from the area around Pucallpa located on the Ucayali River near the far Western border of Peru & Brazil (see map).

 This site provides general information and several photos of the Shipbo-Conibo Indians of Peru.

 This site contains a couple of paragraphs of general background information on the Shipbo-Conibo Indians.

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Links to News Sources and Maps

Casa Grande HS Library Database's
available to students and families from home
Electronic Library

user name: casaremote

password: remote001


user name: cghs

password: gauchos

Rand California

user name: A1735

password: cghs

Britannica Online

user name: !@#Casa Grande

password: Ktwelve


user name: cghs

password: gauchos


user name: cghs

password: gauchos

The Press Democrat

Sonoma County's finest. This site includes lead stories, classifieds, letters to the editor, and an excellent links page. Some materials are archived for long term access [at present, back to August 1994], such as the "Sonoma Outlook" series. Don't forget to check their award winning student research site at
New York Times
Downloads the daily New York Times Internet edition automatically into Adobe Acrobat for your reading pleasure.
The Gate (San Francisco Chronicle/Examiner)
The San Francisco Chronicle/Examiner; includes word search feature for issues of the Chronicle and the Examiner, back to Nov. 1994
Time Magazine
Opening with the Time magazine online, this is an entry into the Tme-Warner stable of magazines and news services.
For the current issue of Newsweek go to
For the Newsweek index, go to
U.S. News and World Reports
Thousands of newspapers on the Net
Like the links says, thousands of newspapers ...
Environmental News Network -
web magazine devoted to environmental issues.
EXCELLENT starter site for current events worldwide. Search by subject (issues) or by region. Links to over 700 sites dealing with global issues and current events.
Take Action!
Links to articles and sites suggesting solutions to global problems.
News and Newspapers Online - Links to Other

 News Reference Sites

A great place to start and end your research ...
Newspapers US and Worldwide -
Useful for finding news and background information -- includes links to online encyclopedias, factbooks and other reference materials.
Newspapers Online! Top 10 
Links to the 10 top newspapers in the U.S. -- New York Times, Washington Post, more ...
 Papers around the world

MAPS - Online World Atlas
MapQuest : Driving Directions, Maps & Live Traffic Reports
Maps @
Outline Maps
Geography Home Page
World Atlas and World Maps - Maps and Geography of the World
Main Map Index - Atlapedia Online
*The Map Guide!* - Map links to World, Country and more maps
3D Atlas Online Home

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