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Offline Kierski

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English Lessons based on breaking news
« on: May 07, 2015, 01:00:54 AM »
The "Breaking News English" website has a whole bunch of free lessons based on news articles. The guy who runs the site seems to post new lessons based on breaking news around twice a week. 

The articles are adapted for various reading levels!

And there are all kinds of exercises that go with the article such as the following:
warm-up: schema activation, talking about disasters
pre-reading activities: vocabulary (matching synonyms), true/false prediction, completing phrases
during reading activities: comprehension questions, listening and filling in the gap
post-reading activities: unanswered questions, vocabulary building, discussion questions

There are also some writing/orthography focused exercises such as inserting vowels into blanks (all the vowels are taken out of the text), inserting punctuation and capitalization, and inserting spaces between words.

You can see sample exercises here on an article on the earthquake in Nepal here:

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Re: English Lessons based on breaking news
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2017, 09:55:10 PM »
I love using breaking new English with my students! I've also found Newsela to be an incredibly helpful site when assigning news-based readings to students. The great thing about Newsela is that the same news story can be adapted for several reading levels. They measure reading ability through Lexile level, but also match that with K-12 reading level, as well. A quick read through can help you determine which level is best for your students. It is also possible to allow your students to determine which level is best for them.

One feature Newsela includes is the text set which provides several articles based around the same subject. Teacher can assign a text set to their class and filter their choice of texts based on reading level, subject matter, and reading skill emphasized. The reading skills included are main idea, details, identifying text structure, point of view, and analyzing arguments and claims, among others. Each reading also comes with a sample writing prompt that allows teachers to prompt their students to respond to the text and a quiz that checks comprehension, vocabulary understanding, and critical thinking skills. Teachers can create classrooms and assign texts along with the responses and quizzes to their students. Teachers of young learners can also invite parents to join, allowing them to monitor what their children are reading and facilitate accountability and encourage discussions at home.