High School

Look at the Issues

Newspaper sections: news, editorial

Instructional area: fact and opinion

High school students are developing an increased awareness of the world community.While driving or eating meals together, talk about what you have read in the news. Encourage your teen to share his or her thoughts and opinions. Model being knowledgeable and interested in current events, and your son or daughter will learn the importance of being an informed citizen.

Look at the Future

Newspaper section: classified ads

Instructional area: careers

We often ask young people, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Looking through the classified ads and reading about jobs can be a place to help your teenager begin to consider the possibilities. Encourage him or her to think about these questions: Will the job make me happy? How much money do I need? What kind of a place do I want to work? What education and training will I need? Encourage your teen to use other sources, such as the Internet, to find more information about careers.

Look at Pop Culture

Newspaper sections: all

Instructional area: drawing conclusions

Teenagers are tuned in to pop culture—movies, videos, music, concerts, artists and performers.The next time your teen is looking at the entertainment ads and reviews, ask him or her to look at the titles and themes a bit more closely and tell you what the offerings suggest about our culture’s values and concerns. Talk about how they support or conflict with your family’s values.

Look at Rights and Responsibilities

Newspaper sections: all

Instructional area: civics, government

The Bill of Rights might seem old and boring to your teenager. But freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition, the right to bear arms and to a fair trial, and limits  on cruel and unusual punishment are examples of the Bill of Rights in action. Many are covered in the newspaper every day. Use the headlines, ads, editorials, letters to the editor, and editorial cartoons as doors to a discussion with your teenager about the rights and responsibilities of citizens to protect these freedoms.

Look at the News

Newspaper sections: news, editorial

Instructional area: evaluating an author’s purpose

Do you or your teen ever wonder,“Why is this in the newspaper?” Some people, such as the mayor or a popular movie star, will be in the news often because of their position. Before a story is included in the newspaper, it must meet one or more of the following tests: timeliness or immediacy, nearness, consequences, conflict, drama, oddity or emotional impact. The next time your child is prompted to ask why an item is in the newspaper, take a moment to discuss what makes it newsworthy.

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