Dear Parents, This year we will be using the newspaper to report on current events. Once per trimester, your child will be assigned the task of finding a newspaper article. Please remember that as you and your child choose an article from the paper, articles on murder, physical abuse, or "adult content" are not appropriate. Each student will be expected to complete this task in addition to his or her regular homework. The articles may come from any newspaper(including Internet) such as the Sacramento Bee, the Folsom Telegraph, etc. Other great resources: http://www.timeforkids.com/ http://www.dogonews.com/ http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/ http://www.sikids.com/ http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/ http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/scholasticnews/index.html The article will need to be cut out or printed, and brought to class on the day of your child's presentation. The article should be current, so please help your child choose an article no more than 14 days before their presentation date. Students are expected to fill out a current event fact sheet and give an oral “news report” on their article. We would like each student to become an Oak Chan News 13 reporter for the day and report the important details of their article to the class. We have watched news reports in class, so the kids will have an idea what this should look/sound like. Watching appropriate news reports at home would be helpful also. Students may have note cards to assist them with their presentation, but they should not be reading word for word. Students will receive two grades for this assignment. One grade will be given for their oral performance (24 POINTS) and another grade will be given for their written fact sheet (11 POINTS). These grades will become part of the students' listening/speaking and social studies grades. Practice is important.