If I take into consideration all of the programs that I use, including my basic math and reading programs, USA TODAY ranks at the top for stimulating student interest.
USA TODAY enables me to provide students with hard examples of how math, reading, science and social studies affect our daily lives. The paper provides a colorful, organized, current document that students and teachers can refer to, which brings to life, in a dramatic way, our everyday curriculum.
After letting students first skim USA TODAY, I assign them a number of stories to read from each section, e.g., four stories from NEWS, two from SPORTS, etc. The students are allowed to read any stories that they want, and they must tell me the “Five Ws” of each story: the who?, what?, when?, where? and why? contained in their stories.
I also let students pick a story of their choice. Allowing students the freedom to pick means they can choose stories that interest them which in turn stimulates reading.