Flintridge Prep: Bringing News into the Classroom
On the first day of class, Flintridge Prep’s Mrs. Cooper and Dr. Bowman wasted no time in getting back to exciting work. The 8th Grade U.S. History & Civics class spent their first block browsing through print newspapers to write about how they were impacted by an article and how the world would be different if certain articles were not reported. Some students came into the project with minimal experience navigating a physical newspaper.
“The way I normally get news is either by watching it with my grandpa or I see something that I think is important, and I do research on it,” shares Neel Parekh ’28. “It was much different to see a set amount of things. A lot of it was opinionated.”
Claire Jung ‘28, had a bit more experience going in. “My family gets the Wall Street Journal every week as a physical newspaper, so I do read it when I’m taking a break or in my free time,” shares Claire, who chose to evaluate the impact of an article about the recent earthquake for the assignment. “We also felt the earthquake where I was, but the impact where I was living wasn’t very big. It was interesting to see how in other places there was a big impact.”
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