Horizon, Host: Ted Simons

For Educators

We invite you to make the award-winning Horizon program part of your curriculum for social studies, Arizona history, civics, and even mathematics.

Each weeknight at 5:30 p.m., Arizona's lawmakers and decision makers join Arizona Horizon host Ted Simons to discuss and explain the current issues facing our state. And the Web site offers invaluable resources - transcripts, videos and podcasts.

Below are six examples of learning activities - each aligned with Arizona State Standards.

1. View HORIZON and write about it
2. Survey class before and after viewing HORIZON
3. Research current events
4. Persuasive writing assignment

5. Evaluate HORIZON, research topic, present findings
6. Produce your own version of HORIZON

 

Professional Development

Arizona Educators have access to the latest professional development opportunities and instructional tools for the classroom related to technology through PBS TeacherLine.

PBS TeacherLine graduate-level, online professional development courses are available to Arizona educators at a reduced rate through Eight-ASSET.
The following course titles specifically support the use of Eight's "HORIZON" in Arizona classrooms:

INST130: "Utilizing Technology in Creating a Problem-Based Curriculum" is a 30 clock hour course for teachers working with Grades 3-12.

TECH190: "Contemporary Issues: Using Technology for Discussion, Debate, and Problem-Solving in the Middle School Curriculum" is a 30 clock hour course for teachers working with Grades 6-8.

TECH305: "Using Multimedia to Develop Understanding" is a 30 clock hour course for teachers working with Grades K-12.

Education Rights

Horizon airs Monday - Friday at 5:30 p.m.
School re-record rights for 1 year from date of broadcast. All videos on the Arizona Horizon Web site (including the archives) are also available for use in the classroom.

 

Resources for the Classroom

Activity 1: View Horizon and write about it.

- Students fill out the "Viewing Organizer" while watching HORIZON segment.
- Students use the "Viewing Organizer" as a guide to write an expository paper about the program.

State Standards:
SS07-HS – S1C10: Contemporary United States
PO. Describe current events using information from class discussions and various resources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, television, Internet, books, maps).
W07-HS – S3C2
Expository
Expository writing includes non-fiction writing that describes, explains, informs, or summarizes ideas and content. The writing supports a thesis based on research, observation, and/or experience.

 

Activity 2: Survey class before and after viewing Horizon

- Teacher introduces the topic.
- Teacher surveys the class (blind, with little or no information), using the Bar Grapher or Circle Grapher from MarcoPolo/Illuminations.
- Students view the Horizon segment.
- Teacher facilitates discussion with class. - Teacher repeats class survey.
- Teacher and students compares graphs, and use them to facilitate discussion about if and why views were changed.

State Standards:
SS07-HS – S1C10: Contemporary United States
PO. Describe current events using information from class discussions and various resources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, television, Internet, books, maps).
M07-HS – S2C1
Data Analysis (Statistics)
Understand and apply data collection, organization and representation to analyze and sort data.

 

Activity 3: Research current events

- Students write a research report on a current event.
- Students use Horizon site to search and view appropriate segments, and/or additional resources as sources of information.
- Students use Tracker to locate other news sources related to the current event chosen from the Horizon site (http://trackcurrentevents.org/ )

State Standards:
SS07-HS – S1C10
Contemporary United States
PO. Describe current events using information from class discussions and various resources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, television, Internet, books, maps).
W07-HS – S3C6
Research
Research writing is a process in which the writer identifies a topic or question to be answered. The writer locates and evaluates information about the topic or question, and then organizes, summarizes, and synthesizes the information into a finished product.
Technology 5T-E1, 5T-E2
Grades 4-8 Locate information from electronic resources
Grades 9-12 Evaluate the accuracy, relevance, appropriateness, comprehensiveness and bias of electronic information sources

 

Activity 4: Persuasive writing assignment

- Students write a persuasive argument on a current event.
- Students use Horizon site to search and view appropriate segments, and/or additional resources as sources of information.
- Students use ReadWriteThink's Persuasion Map Tool (http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/persuasion_map/) to collect main points for the rough draft argument. (Related website on MarcoPolo - http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=414)

State Standards:
SS07-HS – S1C10
Contemporary United States
PO. Describe current events using information from class discussions and various resources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, television, Internet, books, maps).
W07-HS – S3C4
Persuasive
Persuasive writing is used for the purpose of influencing the reader. The author presents an issue and expresses an opinion in order to convince an audience to agree with the opinion or to take a particular action.
Technology 5T-E1, 5T-E2
Grades 4-8 Locate information from electronic resources
Grades 9-12 Evaluate the accuracy, relevance, appropriateness, comprehensiveness and bias of electronic information sources

 

Activity 5: Evaluate Horizon, research topic, present findings

- Students view Horizon segment.
- In teams, students answer the following questions:
o Did the host ask the right questions?
o What else would you want to know about the topic?
o Do you think the guests were appropriate for the issues – did they have the right background and credentials?
- Teams then research answers to the questions they came up with and other possible "experts" in the field.
- Teams present their findings to the class.

State Standards:
SS07-HS – S1C10
Contemporary United States
PO. Describe current events using information from class discussions and various resources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, television, Internet, books, maps).
W07-HS – S3C6
Research
Research writing is a process in which the writer identifies a topic or question to be answered. The writer locates and evaluates information about the topic or question, and then organizes, summarizes, and synthesizes the information into a finished product.
Listening/Speaking LS-E2, LS-P2
Grades 4-8 Prepare and deliver an oral report in a content area and effectively convey the information through verbal and nonverbal communications with a specific audience
Grades 9-12 Deliver an impromptu speech that is organized, addresses a particular subject and is tailored to the audience Technology 5T-E1, 5T-E2
Grades 4-8 Locate information from electronic resources
Grades 9-12 Evaluate the accuracy, relevance, appropriateness, comprehensiveness and bias of electronic information sources

 

Activity 6: Produce your own version of Horizon

- Students watch Horizon and familiarize themselves with the format of the program.
- In teams, students:
o Select topic
o Research topic, including "guests" for the program and their points of view on the topic
o Write script for host and guests.
o Videotape production of each show
o Use video editing software to crop material, and create titles and transitions
- Students watch each other's videos and provide feedback to each other.

State Standards:
SS07-HS – S1C10
Contemporary United States
PO. Describe current events using information from class discussions and various resources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, television, Internet, books, maps).
W07-HS – S3C6
Research
Research writing is a process in which the writer identifies a topic or question to be answered. The writer locates and evaluates information about the topic or question, and then organizes, summarizes, and synthesizes the information into a finished product.
Listening/Speaking LS-E2, LS-P2
Grades 4-8 Prepare and deliver an oral report in a content area and effectively convey the information through verbal and nonverbal communications with a specific audience
Grades 9-12 Deliver an impromptu speech that is organized, addresses a particular subject and is tailored to the audience Technology 3T-E3, 3T-P3, 5T-E1, 5T-E2
Grades 4-8 Publish and present information using technology tools
Grades 9-12 Use technology tools to publish and present information with interactive features
Grades 4-8 Locate information from electronic resources
Grades 9-12 Evaluate the accuracy, relevance, appropriateness, comprehensiveness and bias of electronic information sources

 


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