- Students will explain the term "value-added" as applied
to farm products.
- Students will describe why export markets are important to the farm
- Students will utilize search strategies employing keywords such as
"export and farm products" or "value-added products corn
or soybeans" when searching Web-based agriculture news sources
for current information.
- Students will practice note-taking strategies during the research
process and complete the news analysis worksheet.
Teams of students will research what's happening in the farm economy
today. Students will complete a K-W-L-H
chart prior to reading the background information and beginning the
After completing the news
analysis worksheet, students will summarize their findings in a written
reflection and answer the following questions:
- What do you think is the most important issue facing farmers today?
- In your opinion, why is this issue the most important?
Using Graphic Organizers
Describes how concept maps and story webs assist students in visually
structuring ideas and relationships between concepts. Provides examples
of visual brainstorming tools for developing writing plans and problem
Electronic Graphic Organizers:
Are They for You?
The templates under the categories Language Arts, Social Studies, Science,
Teacher Planning, and Thinking Tools include bubble diagrams, tree maps,
flow maps, Venn diagrams, and other structures for students to use when
organizing information into an outline or concept map.
Teaching Beginning Journalism
Take your students to the Newsroom to learn the right way to use quotes,
how to determine what makes something newsworthy, and the importance
of objective reporting.