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Have I Got Geography


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Ideas for using newspapers in geography classroom for stimulus, and as a resource

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Have I Got Geography

  1. 1. “Have I got Geography for you...” 10 ideas for using ‘everyday’ newspapers Alan Parkinson Secondary Curriculum Development Leader Geographical Association
  2. 2. 1. Independent Front Pages: display
  3. 3. 2. Have I got Headlines for you...
  4. 4. 3. Take a letter Miss Jones... An excellent resource is the LETTERS PAGE Draft a reply to a letter that has been provided, or produce a new letter... Geographical literacy / media literacy – writing for an audience (letter printed in The Times or The Mirror...)
  5. 5. 4. Insert Column here...
  6. 6. 5. The Sun: a quality paper...
  7. 7. 6. New(s) stories Newspapers sometimes have “news”: new stories which you haven’t come across before, or are presented in new ways.
  8. 8. Observer Food Blog / Monthly magazine
  9. 9. 7. Advertising Just as the adverts are often the best thing on the telly, the print advertising in newspapers can also be used as resources...
  10. 10. 8: Mapping the stories... 80% of all data has a spatial component. 100% of news stories have a spatial component: they happen SOMEWHERE.
  11. 11. 9: Online support... Daily newspapers have websites. Some hung out for longer than others, but all now realise that it is a way of supporting and enhancing the news in the printed document. It’s also very handy for geography teachers who want to catch an article that they missed, and don’t want to part with cash. I do a daily visit to the Daily Mail, Independent and The Times (and the News of the World on Sunday...)
  12. 12. 10. Stop Press.....
  13. 13. Pack of articles Choose a few to begin to thread together a plan for an activity... Could be connected to a local issue