What in the World?

NEW in 2017-18:  The French editions of What in the World, Levels I and II, will be available this year.  These are not “beginner French”, but are geared to Grades 5-7 (Level I) and Grades 8-10 (Level II) for French speakers.

Le Monde en March title page Issue 6

What in the World?

What in the World? Level 1 is a Canadian current events resource covering events and issues, including information about geography. It is designed for students in the intermediate grades. Level 2, covering the same basic topics, is targeted for grades 8-10. Each month these levels may include:

  • 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.

Students would go to http://www.lesplan.com/en and choose either French or English at the top of the page

French or English

and then download either a .pdf or a .doc file of the issue into their own computers.  The password for each issue will be sent to you by your support teacher (or by Beth Johnson to registered students) when it is available, eight times per year.

Cost:  Free for registered and enrolled HCOS students

Extra–AMAZING–Resources for Students

To find the amazing extra resources available in the LesPlan site, when you log in to download the latest issues of these subscriptions, you will see “Student Resource Links” just above the issues.  (I.e. freely available without logging in)

LesPlan Student Resources button

Click on that button to find many more links and suggestions for teaching each of the topics introduced in the various articles of What in the World?, and below that for the articles in The Canadian Reader.   On the right-hand side of the “Student Resource Links” page, you will also find links to resources for the previous issues during that school year.

Teacher Resources

For the extra teacher resources that are available in LesPlan, please go to https://www.lesplan.com/en/resources  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 LesPlan 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 four 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.”

For passwords to these issues, please contact your support teacher or Beth Johnson.

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