Utah Lesson Plans
Social Studies
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Middle School
Gale, UOL, UOL6-8, Uollesson, Uolsocialstudies
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What’s Going on in the World?

What’s Going on in the World?


This resource is a Social Studies student activity that utilizes Utah's Online Library resources - specifically, Gale's InfoTrac Newstand to help students learn about what's going on in the world. 

About Utah’s Online Library

Utah's Online Library provides Utah educators and students free access to high-quality reference collections such as EBSCO, Gale Reference Collection, World Book, eMedia, and LearningExpress Library.

This activity was designed to help educators utilize this amazing resource in their classrooms.

Note: Utah educators and students visiting Utah's Online Library from a school computer should be automatically authenticated. When at home, students must use the home access login that their teacher or school media specialist can provide. Utah educators can use either their my.uen login or the home access login.


Essential Question: How can we learn from the past?

There are easy and convenient online resources available to facilitate the following part of 8th grade Social Studies core: Students will investigate the relationship between events of different time periods.

Develop an awareness of current events.

a. Use print and broadcast media to acquire an awareness of current events.
b. Recognize the difference between fact and opinion, and discern bias in the media.

Analyze how contemporary concerns and events affect and are affected by history.

a. Apply knowledge of historical events to recent major events.

Did you know that Utah's Online Library contains current (as well as archived) newspapers from around the world? Gale’s InfoTrac Newstand database contains 1,100 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers. It also contains worldwide newspapers. This full-text newspaper resource allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, author, or newspaper section. It also includes thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts, and transcripts.  Students can find comprehensive coverage of current events, including national, global and regional perspectives, as well as first-hand accounts of historical events.


Curriculum Connections:

8th Grade - Social Studies - Current Events