English 9: Current Events
How can you discuss the important issues of our day in a meaningful way? Current Events is an introductory, one semester, elective course structured to increase your understanding of current issues in areas of politics, society, and economics. This course emphasizes research, and the topics you will encounter are broad in nature to allow for fluctuation in media coverage on common topics. You will engage in discussion of issues with your peers, including long-standing, complex issues of debate in our country such capital punishment, genetic engineering, censorship, prayer in schools, gun control, affirmative action, immigration, and global warming. You will express your viewpoints on these subjects using the text of your research to support your statements. Upon completing this course, you will have a greater understanding of some of the political, social, and economic issues that have dominated the news in recent years. You will distinguish between objective and subjective thought in your thinking and sources' reasoning and will learn to make educated decisions as to whether the sources present biased or unbiased coverage. For each content unit, you will write essays that demonstrate your research efforts, integrating current viewpoints with the background conversation about issues. Prerequisites: Basic writing skills such as paragraph development and good mechanics.