This CAP entitled A.W.A.R.E, Authors Writing About Real Events, will explore different issues prevalent to the society in which we teach and live. Current topics include internet and social networking awareness, the dangers of texting and driving, bullying, etc. The goal of this course is to create lessons and activities to address the many factors that our students and society are in the midst of dealing with through current news articles, literature, documentaries, etc. Additionally, different methods and programs designed to deal with such issues will also be explored. As a result of this CAP, teachers have a unified reference including worksheets, lesson plans, etc. available for use. This CAP also strives to meet the following New York State English Language Arts Standards:
• Standard 1: Students will be able to read, write, listen and speak for information and understanding.
• Standard 2: Students will be able to read, write, listen, and speak for literary response and expression.
• Standard 3: Students will be able to read, write, listen, and speak for critical analysis and evaluation.
• Standard 4: Students will be able to read, write, listen, and speak for social interaction (New York State Education Department: Elementary, Middle, Secondary, and Continuing Education).