Current Events in Agriculture

Non-Fiction Reading Activity

The Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Capital Press Current Events in Agriculture project combines a weekly activity with an up-to-date news story featuring various facets of agriculture. It emphasizes reading newspaper articles, then answering questions requiring critical thinking from Knowledge and Comprehension to Analysis and Evaluation.

About the Program

Each week during the school year, an article from the Capital Press will be selected and five questions will be developed to allow students the opportunity to learn about a current event in the agricultural industry while developing their non-fiction reading skills.

These will be available every Friday morning at 7 a.m. for use on Friday or anytime the following week.

These questions will be designed to use in conjunction with a selected article from the Capital Press. FREE access to an e-edition of the Capital Press is available through the Newspapers in Education program. Simply register for an account here, complimentary printed copies can also be sent directly to your classroom, see FAQ below for further directions.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I use this in my classroom?

This activity can be used as a bell ringer activity, weekly assignment or start of a larger writing assignment or discussion.

How do I access the Capital Press?

You can access an e-edition of the paper on the Newspapers in Education page or request complimentary printed copies by calling Ashley Lilja at Capital Press, 503-364-4431 or 800-882-6789.

When will the questions arrive?

Emails will arrive by 7 a.m. on Friday morning for use Friday or any time the following week. The articles will be distributed August 21, 2017- June 15, 2018. Sign up here.

What is the subject of the articles?

Article content will include innovations, people profiles, policies and various school-appropriate content.

What is the grade level for this activity?

These questions are best suited for middle school or high school students.