Current Event Summary Template

Posted: August 26, 2009

Current Event Summary Template


Teacher’s Name

Class, Period


Current Events: The Assigned Topic

            In the article [title: ___________________________________________], [author(s) full name:____________________________________________] reports that summarize overall main idea: ____________________________________________________________

__________________________________________]. First, Author’s last name: ___________________________ writes that summarize 1st fact: ________________________

__________________________________________________. In addition, pick one: He /She /They notes that summarize 2nd fact: ____________________________________________________________

_____________________________.  Also, pick one: Author’s last name _____________

action verb from Word Box: _______________ summarize 3rd  fact: _______________________

_____________________________________________________________. Moreover, pick one: He/ She/They action verb from Word Box:___________________ summarize 4th fact: _______________________________________________________________________. Finally, Author’s last name concludes that summarize last important fact: ___________


This article relates to what we have been learning in class because draw connections to the class: _______________________________________________. I think/feel/am under the impression that your own thoughts, feelings and opinions:_______________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________. I think/feel this way because ________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________. Any other reflection about the topic.


Author’s last name, Authors first name. “Article Title.” Name of Newspaper. Day Month Year of publication. Day Month Year you opened it. Website URL.

Action Verb Box: Use these to summarize what the author says in the article

discusses, discuss                                                            examines, examine

explores, explore                                                                        focuses on, focus on

is concerned with, are concerned with                                    concludes, conclude

notes, note                                                                        emphasizes, emphasizes

addresses, address                                                            mentions, mention

reports, report                                                                        states, state

points, point                                                                        writes, write



Your Name

Mr. Rodriguez

Write your class name and period


Current Events: Middle East (That week’s topic)

            In the article “U.S. kills Taliban insurgents who downed SEALs’ helicopter”, Laura King and Ken Dilanian report that an American airstrike killed insurgents whose attacks killed 22 Navy SEALs’ and 8 others. First, King and Dilanian address how the helicopter went down as the SEALs’ were rushing to aid follow elite troops. Also, they point out that a special operations forces tracked down a group of insurgents and called in an airstrike. In addition, King and Dilanian highlight the fact that the helicopter represented the worst loss of military lives in a single incident in the nearly 10-year old war. Moreover, the journalists mention that no civilians were hurt in the bombardment. Finally, they conclude by stating that the team included 17 SEALs’, five Navy special operations troops who support the SEALs’, three Air Force troops, a five member Army air crew and a military dog.


Write your own conclusion/reflection paragraph. Analyze what happened and offer an opinion about it.


King, Laura, and Ken Dilanian. “U.S. kills Taliban insurgents who downed SEALs helicopter.” Los Angeles Times. 08 Aug 2011. 09 Aug 2011.





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