Sep 3rd, 2009, 01:35 am
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Join Date: May 24th, 2007
Location: Los Angeles
| | Re: Lesson Starters/Fillers - Current Topic Discussion Questions
Consider me impressed with the speed and frequency of news and current event lesson activities.
For worse or for better, I've found sticking to contemporary topics with a "timeless" twist far easier. For example, in the United States, you can count on some terrible crime occurring during a school year. I just xerox the chapter "Crime and Punishment" from my book Compelling Conversations for that day. The lesson combines both questions and quotations, gently encouraging students to reflect upon the latest news. Some contemporary topics seem perennial, but you have found an outstanding way to be in the moment. Very nice.
We are truly blessed to teach English in the 21st century!