Defending Have students review each of the Geography News Network articles and pick which was the most compelling to them. Have them explain why they picked it. They should also identify what they learned from it. Hold a class election to pick which of these GNN articles comes out on top with your students. Feel free to share the winner with us and the reasons students gave. Email us at Maps101@maps.com.
Discussing Each of the Geography News Network articles includes critical-thinking questions at the end that can be used to engage students in classroom discussion. Use them as prompts.
Asking Questions You can also encourage students, before they read an article, to create their own lists of questions they want answered, inspired by looking at the title and predicting what the article will be about. Then, see if there are any questions that remain and help students research to answer them.
Comparing Using the provided maps, compare the data about educational attainment. What conclusions can students draw from the information? Are there trends that are revealed by looking at all three maps? Take a classroom poll to see which students intend to continue past high school. Does your class follow the state average? If not, how does it differ? Why?