I want to incorporate current (ag) events into my program. Any suggestions?
I start by reading to the class the poem A Martian Sends a Postcard Home by Craig Raine. We discuss how perspective can affect a person's opinion and that only 2 percent of Americans are farmers. There are many "Martians" writiting about agriculture and sometimes what they write is strange and foreign to actual farmers. Then we talk about why we should care. I usually write on the board "What can you do?" (to protect farmers from Martian stories). The kids usually come up with being informed.
I have one more exercise. I use a really good kid and say "Let's pretend that Sarah grows up to become a trouble maker. She is punched her neighbor, got a DUI and never bakes cookies. Keisha on the other hand grows up to become an honest grocery store owner, is a member of the PTA and is overall a pillar of the community. . . . How many of you will grow up and TRY to be like Kiesha? Sarah? Who makes it on the news? Sometimes only the really bad things make it on the news . . . ."
If I am teaching leadership, all news articles, radio broadcasts and speeches are about current events.
If I am teaching animal science I teach the ag. Issues CDE and make Current Events the topics.
If I am teaching a class with alot of Lower-level learners ag. issues CDE is a little overwhelming so we do a poster. They have to show both sides of the story on the poster and do a presentation.
I do article reviews from magazines or the local ag newspaper in all of my classes. It is a great way to incorporate literacy and current events.In my wildlife class this semester, each Tuesday and Thursday students can sign-up to share an article about wildlife from a newspaper or magazine. I stress the importance of keeping up with the news to be informed.
For my introductory agriculture class, I show the Ag Day news show each week. It's a great way to talk about current events in agriculture and how we're all effected by what's happening in other parts of the world and country. We've also always been able to relate what we're learning about to the news show.
I don't have any activity suggestions, but you might check out the CAST Friday notes. They usually include a pretty good summary of ag events each week. It's usually a paid subscription, but you can see each previous Friday's edition in the Monday Morning Monitor. To get the MMM, you just need to be a member of the U.S. Ag Ed Listserv. You can sign up here: Usaged-l Info Page.
Thanks so much for this idea. I think it will work with several of my classes!
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