Current Events Class

October 19, 2016

Although we live in an age where we have the ability to find out what’s going on in the world nearly effortlessly, far too few students take the time to read the news. Middle school is a pivotal time in any student’s life, where they begin to realize just how large the world is, and how much is happening in it every second of every day. At Optimus, we recognize the value of staying current. In our current events class, middle school aged and older students get a chance to improve their reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension skills all at once!

Current events class begins with a news article. While reading, we challenge our students to answer some basic information questions. Who, what, where, when, and why are identified and discussed, ensuring that our students have not only read the article but that they understand it as well. The small ratio classes at Optimus ensure that every student has a chance to be an important part of this discussion, putting both their speaking and reading comprehension skills to the test at the same time. Next, students write a summary of the article to be graded by the teacher. Having the students write a summary teaches them how to write objectively using the basic information questions they answered.

After gaining a complete understanding of the news article, part two of our current events class helps to improve our student’s essay writing skills. A writing prompt relating to the subject of the article is chosen for students to write a three paragraph essay on. This gives us a chance to cover the three essential parts of an essay: introduction, body, and conclusion. Students learn about proper format, as well as the appropriate content that should go into each paragraph of the essay. Most writing prompt topics ask for the student’s opinion, giving them the chance to write subjectively and develop their own point of view. Finally, all essays are graded, handed back, and second drafts are made to help the students understand and correct their mistakes.

Far too few students stay up to date on the news. Through our current events class, not only do we give our students a chance to stay up on the news, but they can improve their reading, writing, speaking and comprehension skills as well. Kids in Brea, Fullerton, Yorba Linda, and Diamond Bar have the chance to improve academically and to stay current with what is happening around the world. Call, click, or come in today and ask about our current events class!

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Optimus Learning School is a tutoring center in Brea serving Fullerton, Placentia, and Yorba Linda. Since 2008, we have been helping students from kindergarten through high school achieve their academic goals through our various programs such as our home school, after school program, homework help, and private tutoring. We also offer seasonal programs such as our popular summer camp. There are many enrichment classes year-round, such as coding, STEM, piano, and art which will help shape creative and well-rounded students. Are you ready to kickstart your child’s education? Send an inquiry form or contact us today!

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