A Classroom News Magazine for Current Events

Once I began preparing students for the TASC, New York Times Upfront became one of my main go-to sites for social studies and writing materials.  This classroom news magazine from Scholastic includes 1-3 page articles related to government and U.S. history which are a great way to build student background knowledge in an engaging manner.  The articles are short, but not so short that they don’t provide a “big picture” view and essential facts about major U.S. events.  An added advantage is that readers learn “why it is important today.”  Finally, the reading level is perfect for HSE students; readers are exposed to words like “factor” and “terminate,” but there are not so many unfamiliar words that reading becomes daunting.

In addition to the articles on history, I draw heavily on New York Times Upfront’s Pro/Con pieces.  I like them because both the “pro” and “con” are short—about half a page—and make one or two main points so students don’t get lost in the argument.  I’ve used “Should the Minimum Wage be Raised?” and “Is it Too Easy to get a Gun?” along with many others, quite successfully.  Other teachers I’ve shared this resource with have found it to be equally valuable.

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About Kate Brandt

Kate Brandt is a Professional Developer in the adult literacy field in New York City and she loves her job. She loves her job so much that she commutes 2 hours per day, from her suburban home in Shrub Oak, New York, to get to work. She loves working in adult literacy because she gets to work with people who are smart, kind, and dedicated.

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  1. Upfront is an amazing resource for any ABE, Task, or Higher level ESL class. The physical magazines along with the tools located on the scholastic website give a massive amount of amazing materials. As a former social studies teacher Upfront was something I used on a weekly and sometimes daily basis. Awesome resource!

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