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Newspapers in Education inspires classroom discussions

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Students respond to current-events lessons

By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

CANNELTON - Cannelton high-school teacher Donna Bryan said her students seem to respond better to assignments requiring them to read about and discuss local current events than they do with other written materials.

The News sends newspapers to area classrooms as part of its Newspapers In Education Program, and Bryan said Wednesday she uses them in a variety of ways.

"Yesterday I had them write article summaries to hone those skills," she said. "They tend to do better with something out of a paper than a magazine. I think it's because it's local, it holds their interest longer."

Teaching eighth- through 12th-grade English, Bryan said she also has her students look for the "who, what and where?" elements of a news story and for information supporting points made in it.

In lessons on how to write advertisements, she added, she requires her students identify the most-important information they contain.

Regarding the current-events assignments, which include discussions of the events and their reporting, Bryan said students may like them better than others "because they find it to be fun, not so much like work."

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