Current Affairs: Research and Analysis
A knowledge of Current Affairs forms the bedrock of developing intellectual and emotional maturity in children. Helping children build awareness beyond the four walls of a classroom might seem like a tall task for both parents and students. However, in this workshop, students will be exposed to a range of media and topics while building on media literacy. We will teach students how to make sense of and form opinions about various news topics. Through reflection, they will learn how to analyse and grasp the context of articles and posts from each type of medium.
Having an understanding of Current Affairs can benefit students in many ways. Through constant exposure to Current Affairs, students cultivate a sense of wonder through which they can develop higher order thinking skills. Even values like resilience and empathy can be built through being well-informed of the happenings around the world. Not only that, students will also benefit academically as a knowledge of Current Affairs will be advantageous in honing writing skills as well as giving them an improved answering ability in Comprehension Open-ended, Comprehension Cloze and the oral exam. Suitable for students going to P5 and P6 in 2022.
Students will have a task at the end of every lesson, they can choose to submit, but the homework will not be marked. Teachers will give an overview and maybe display good works.
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Nov - Dec 2021
In this lesson, students will learn how to deconstruct a news article through guided exercises on rhetoric and PEEL writing. They will also be taught how to pick out argumentation components.
How can we tell between fake news and real news? What is the function of media? These discussions on media literacy will take place in this lesson to discern between various news sources.
Students will be given an introductory guide to spotting informal fallacies in argumentation, and forming a rebuttal.
How do we make our opinions and ideas stand out? In this lesson, students will be taken through a guided ideation to plan and verbalise their PEELs using a range of debate topics.
Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of philosophical inquiry to build a critical understanding of any given topic. Through guided PEEL exercises, students will learn how to create sound arguments with the help of the 5W1H.
In this lesson, students will level up on their understanding of philosophical inquiry through identifying Logos, Ethos and Pathos.
Moving on from written rhetoric, students will learn how to deconstruct famous speech excerpts. Through this, they will identify and apply rhetorical devices in speech.
In our conclusion to the course, we will explore the fundamentals of debate by applying the skills learnt. By identifying points of contention and causes for disagreements, we will learn to make a case objectively.
Celesta Chee received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from University at Buffalo (State University of New York), and also attained a Diploma in TESOL with high distinctions from London Teacher Training College. She has taught at the primary levels for the past four years working closely with students from varying backgrounds in the English Language. She has also been involved in volunteer teaching programmes in South East Asia where she developed and facilitated foundational English programmes. Celesta believes that the approach to learning should be fuelled by curiosity and guided with the means to seek out the answer.