The Learning Network
The Learning Network publishes a new lesson plan every weekday during the school year. A digital subscription is not required. The blog and all New York Times articles linked from them are free.
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Lesson Plans are filed under all the familiar subject headings as well as current events, media studies, and academic skills. Lesson plans are listed in chronological order, beginning with most recent, and can appear in more than one category. There are no sub-categories, but a search function is provided.
Recent Lesson Plans
Two recent lesson plans investigate back-to-school shopping and the 2012 election campaign.
- Back-to-School Shopping, After the First Day asks students to use a photo and two related articles to answer basic news questions.
- Our Election 2012 Unit: An Overview introduces Election Week on The Learning Network. Each installment this week has an essential question and is intended to work with any day’s Times. For example, today’s lesson
- Election Unit, Part 1: Who Are the Candidates? includes a KWL activity on the candidates.
Student Opinion allows students 13 and older respond to questions about issues in the news.
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