What in the World? is a photocopiable current events resource for Canadian students in grades 5 through 7 (Level 1) and grades 8 through 10 (Level 2). Designed to enhance students’ understanding of and interest in current Canadian and international events and issues, this publication addresses numerous curriculum outcomes while saving teachers valuable time.

Published eight times a year, each issue focuses on recent top news stories and includes:

  • Four news articles, written at a level students can understand;
  • Relevant background information to enhance understanding of each event or issue;
  • On-the-line, between-the-line, and beyond-the-line questions;
  • Analyzing a political cartoon assignment;
  • Examining a news photo assignment;
  • Crossword;
  • Quizzes;
  • Map assignment;
  • Answer key.

The username and password for What in the World? will be sent out to all homeschooling families:

  • enrolled students will receive these from their support teacher (ask if you don’t get them!)
  • registered students will receive these from bjohnson@onlineschool.ca.

Log in at the subscribers link shown in the email:  Link to What in the World issues then scroll down to the latest issue.  You will have the option to download a Word document or a .pdf file of the issue you choose.  When you choose the link, a box will open up asking you for the password–this will be found in the email forwarded from your support teacher.  (Some teachers will put this information into their weekly newsletter to their families; be sure to look for it.)

Note:  Eight issues are sent once a month (no issue in January, June or summer.)

For really good current affairs resources, go to the subscribers page: https://www.lesplan.com/en/subscribers.  Near the top of the page, before the pictures of the various newsmagazines, you will see a yellow box, “Student Resource Links“.

This will take you to a page which says, “Links contained in current issues of The Canadian Reader and What in the World? (Levels 1 and 2) are posted below. To access links from previous issues, click on the appropriate link in the box to the right.”  On the left side of this page are many links to further information about the articles you found in the newsmagazine.  The links to Canadian Reader articles are at the top; scroll down to find the links to What in the World articles below.  This is a great resource for current affairs!  (E.g. the site may offer “Before Reading” suggestions, “Extension” for added teaching ideas, “Internet Connections” for more information about the same story and related topics, “After Reading”.)

Students do not have to log in to access the information on this page; it is available to everyone.

See the information under the Student Resources and Educator Resources tabs.

Teacher Resources

For the extra teacher resources that are available in LesPlan, please go to https://www.lesplan.com/en/resources.  (You do not have to log in to access these.)  There you will find:

  • Activities  (“Find someone who…”  to familiarize students with key people in Canada)
  • Assessment Rubrics  (Criteria and marking rubric for assessing assignments of maps and paragraphs)
  • Assignments  (Assignments to familiarize students with different aspects of Canada and current events)
  • Graphic Organizers  (blank graphic organizers:  everything from Big Ideas to Venn Diagrams)
  • Templates  (e.g. “Find Someone Who…” template)

Using with the New BC Curriculum

From LesPlan we learn:  ” ‘The new system provides teachers with more time and flexibility to explore topics in depth with students.  Our resource spends 1000 words on a topic, but the critical thinking questions, extended learning questions, and multiple links to additional resources allow for deep exploration. Many teachers allow their students to choose one of the stories and go deep from there–to become mini experts who then teach the class.

“All 6 of the core competencies (communication, creative thinking, critical thinking, positive personal and cultural identity, personal awareness and responsibility, and social responsibility) are well served by current events resources–especially ones that often feature social justice stories.”

Save the PDF File in Your Computer

We strongly recommend that you save the PDF file to your hard drive before you open and print. We also suggest that you save your passwords so that you can access past issues.

The document is in a PDF format and you need Adobe Reader to open it. This software allows you to view and print Portable Document Format (PDF) files on all major computer platforms. If you do not have this free program, you can download it from Adobe at:


Copyright and Licence

These materials are protected by copyright. Subscribers may copy each issue for use by all students and teachers within one school. Subscribers must also ensure that the materials are not made available to anyone outside their school.

Troubleshooting Suggestions

PS: PDF file won’t print? Please click here to see Adobe’s troubleshooting suggestions.

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