Mr. Christopher Patten

Current Events Assignments

2017 - 2018 PARTICIPATON IN GOVERNMENT CURRENT EVENTS
MS. DENNIS & MR. PATTEN


Awareness of current events in the world and in the United States is essential to the Participation in Government course.  Many of the topics we cover will incorporate events that are presently occurring domestically and internationally.  Therefore, you are expected to read a reputable newspaper and/or watch the national news every day.  In addition to being aware of current events on a daily basis, you will be expected to complete the assignments listed to the right. 

Every two weeks you will be assigned a current events article that relates to this class.  Articles will be related to issues facing our local, state, or national government. 

In your own words  (do NOT copy from the article), you must write a minimum
1 page typed summary that summarize the major points of the story and a reflection that discuss why, in your opinion, the story is an important one. Include your thoughts about the topic discussed and whether you agree or disagree with it. 

Assignments must be turned in on time.
There are no make up assignments for current events

Your assignment should be at least one page double spaced. It should include your name at the top of the page, teacher’s name, article title and date. You should use Times New Roman font and it should be 12 point. 



Current Event Assignment Guidelines Handout



Each Current Event assignment is worth 100 points. CURRENT EVENTS ASSIGNMENTS CANNOT BE MADE UP. If you fail to turn an assignment in, it will result in a zero that cannot be made up. 

Due Dates:
Article #1 - Due Friday, September 29th - Current Event Article #1 - Unity Will Take Generations 

Read the attached article from Time Magazine and write a one page, typed, double spaced, 12 point reflection. Include your thoughts about the information presented in the article.


Article #2 - Due Friday, October 13th - Current Event #2 - The Gun Debate, Again

Read the attached article about the events that unfolded in Las Vegas and write a one page reflection about your thoughts on the issue presented in the article. Your response should be typed, double spaced and submitted via Google Classroom.


Article #3 - Due Friday, December 1st - Current Event #3 - Trump Declares North Korea a State Sponsor of Terror

Read the attached article about President Trump's latest declaration regarding North Korea. Write a one page reflection about your thoughts on the issue presented in the article. Your response should be typed, double spaced and submitted via Google Classroom.


Article #4 - Due Friday, December 15th - Current Event #4 - Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?

Read the attached NY Times article. It is a longer article but it definitely brings to light some really interesting ideas and how schools can help to alleviate stress and help students cope with anxiety. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

In your reflection, address what the article says about the role of social media usage, resiliency, advocating for ones self, etc. Write a minimum one page reflection about the information presented in the article. Your response should be typed, double spaced, 12 point font and include what you agree with or disagree with and why.


Article #5 - Due Friday,  -