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    Students use W-Questions to evaluate the content and trustworthiness of news reports.

    The Front Porch Experience

  • Front Porch Experience

    The Front Porch Experience is an online instructional program that incorporates activities, discussions, and local news sources to improve students' reading and critical thinking skills. Teachers have praised the flexibility of the self-paced curriculum, as well as its use of relevant local news to teach reliable processes while engaging students with their communities.

    Cross-disciplinary.

    Interactive videos model skills for students and offer opportunities for practice. Assignments further reinforce these reading and thinking strategies, by allowing students to apply reliable processes, such as supporting claims with evidence, evaluating credible sources, and determining trustworthiness. This curriculum’s sequence of modeling, practice, and application supports students and teachers by targeting school-wide goals: cross-disciplinary reading and critical thinking skills for Social Studies, ELA, and STEM.

    The student-centered curriculum makes local news feel personal.

    Students have the ability to choose local news articles that affect their own lives, and connect them to their community. Relevant content and personalized feedback engage students and motivate them to continually improve their reading and critical thinking skills.

    Adaptable.

    Teachers can easily customize this online program to fit their students’ interests and to work with their classroom schedule and curriculum. Videos and online content adjust to different ability levels and allow students to work at their own pace.

    Student-centered.

    Students have the ability to choose their own reading materials: local news articles that affect their own lives and connect them to their community. Relevant content and personalized feedback engage students and motivate them to continually improve their reading and critical thinking skills.

    Ready-to-Use Assessments.

    Assignments set out clear expectations for students and provide rubrics that link to the gradebook. Personalized assessments in the videos are graded automatically and offer timely feedback. Students can monitor their own personal growth.

    Local News. Local Issues. Local People.

    The Front Porch Experience offers teachers 10 hours or more of ready-to-use yet adaptable online curriculum. These learning experiences connect students to their community and teach them the reading and critical thinking skills they need to make informed decisions.

    Scientifically proven effective

    The Front Porch Experience offers teachers 10 hours or more of ready-to-use yet adaptable online curriculum. These learning experiences connect students to their community and teach them the reading and critical thinking skills they need to make informed decisions.

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