So you’re studying the Civil War — or Shakespeare, or evolution, or “The Bluest Eye.”
Why? What does it have to do with your life and the lives of those around you? Why should you remember it once you’ve turned in that paper or taken that test?
What relevance does it have today? What lessons can you learn from it that can be applied to the world outside of school? What parallels do you see between it and something happening in our culture or the news?
Although your teachers probably pose questions like these already, this challenge invites you to answer them a little more formally.
Essentially, we’re asking you to do what we do every day: connect what’s in The New York Times with what you’re learning in school.
If you simply open NYTimes.com and start clicking around, you’ll see that the task is not that hard. The Times publishes hundreds of articles from around the globe every day, so you can almost always find something that confronts the very same themes, questions or issues that you’ve been discussing in class.
But to help, we have a lesson plan with a few practical suggestions, including one on how to search for useful Times content.
Good luck, and, as always, please post questions in the comments and we’ll answer you there. We’re excited to see what you come up with!
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