Using the standards and resources of PBS’s NewsHour, PBS NewsHour Extra provides students and teachers with quality educational resources based on current issues and events.
Extra’s mission is to help middle and high school students understand world events and national issues and answer the question, “Why should I care about the news?”
Extra helps educators spark young people’s interest in the world around them by:
a) providing news articles written for students with the background and context needed to understand complex topics,
b) creating high-quality, free lesson plans and teaching tools that make it easy to bring current events and issues into the classroom, and
c) offering an outlet for young people to speak out on issues important to them by publishing original work, including essays and video reports. These student works are directly related to the news and give adults insight into how events affect young people.
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Why do so few trials of police shootings end in convictions?
In July 2016, a young black male named Philando Castile was fatally shot by police officer Jeronimo Yanez outside of St. Paul, Minnesota during a traffic stop due to a broken tail light. Continue readingBlack Lives MatterBrittany PacknettGovernment & Civicslaw enforcementphilando castilepolice brutalitypolice shootingsraceracismSocial Studies
With the economy in freefall, Venezuela faces humanitarian crisis
With the combination of a failing economy and rapidly inflating food prices, many Venezuelans are currently starving to death. One recent study found that in the past year, 75 percent of Venezuelans lost an average of 19 pounds. The proportion of children who suffer from severe malnutrition increased by four percent in just four months. Continue readingcivics & governmentForeign Policyhumanitarian crisisinternational relationsmalnutritionoil reservesSocial StudiesVenezuela
Senate Republicans reveal health care bill, drawing unanimous Democratic opposition
After weeks of drafting in secret, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the Senate version of the health care bill public on Thursday morning. It shares broad strokes with the House of Representatives bill, whose approval rating is underwater. Continue readingAffordable Care ActAmerican Health Care Actchuck schumercivics & governmentDonald Trumphealth caremitch mcconnellObamacareplanned parenthoodrand paul
After weeks of secrecy, Senate health care bill to be released to public
After spending weeks drafting a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act behind closed doors, Republican leaders in the Senate announced that they would release it to the rest of the Congress and the public on June 22, 2017. Continue readingAffordable Care ActCongressdean hellerhealthcarehouse of representativeslisa murkowskimitch mcconnellObamacarerand paulron johnsonSenateshelley moore capitoSusan Collins
Grounded airplanes and the unexpected consequences of climate change
An extreme heat wave is currently affecting the western and southwestern United States. Continue readingairplanesclimate changeGlobal Warmingheat wavesScience