Current Events Project
The examination of current events is an important component of World History. It is beneficial to study the past in order to gain background information to help understand the present, but it is also important to look at modern issues and conflicts. During this project, you will take an in-depth look at a current issue that you find interesting or meaningful. After you select a topic, you will track that subject and look for newspaper or magazine articles to analyze.
Choose a topic of personal interest. It must be of national or international importance and broad enough that you will be able to find up-to-date information. Some suggestions include (But are NOT limited to)…
- International Conflict such as the Israeli-Arab struggle, the aftermath of the war in
Iraq, or the civil war in the Congo
- Global Issues such as AIDS or terrorism
- Medical Issues such as cloning, new cancer treatments, Stem Cell Research
- Environmental Issues such as global warming & the Kyoto Protocol. (Severe Weather such as the Cyclone in
- Human Rights Abuses and Genocide
Introduction: Explain why you selected your topic and discuss background information (1 page typed, ds)
Research: Find at least 5 relevant articles that are connected to your topic. You may find the online newspaper sites very useful (Yahoo World News gives great international coverage of important events). All articles must be dated. Depending upon your topic, you may be able to find two different articles about the same event, but written from different points of view. For example, CNN might offer a different interpretation of a suicide bombing in
than would Al Jazeera. You may wish to include a political cartoon. Iraq
Summary: Title each Summary with the title of your article. Then, write a summary of each article incorporating “who (POV), what, where, when, and why and a paragraph that outlines your thoughts. I am very interested in reading your personal opinions. You may choose to make connections to other similar events or issues (1-2 pages typed, ds per article).
Bibliography: You must create a bibliography with all proper citations for your articles. Your Bibliography should be alphabetically ordered. I do NOT want the articles!!
Conclusion: After you have completed your five articles, write your conclusion. This should include your final thoughts and reflections. Discuss whether or not you increased your knowledge on this topic or changed your original perceptions. You may wish to offer recommendations or suggestions if appropriate (1 page typed, ds)
Mrs. Hatcher recommends the following resources located in the VRC:
- Facts.com Issues & Controversies
- Facts.com World News Digest (See Special Collection for Political Cartoons)
- SIRS Researcher (includes World Conflicts)