Editor – Corinne Segal
Teacher Resource Producer – Katie Gould
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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- “Change is coming to Baltimore”: youth debate the legacy of Freddie Gray
Some feel that our city was misrepresented by the media, and some feel that the riots are the only way Baltimore’s distress can be heard. The issues are still there, connecting and restricting us like an invisible thread. Continue readingBaltimoreFreddie GraypoliceSocial IssuesStudent Voices
- How will robots affect your career options?
As artificial intelligence gets better and better, traditional careers such as law and medicine will undergo radical changes, according to computer scientists. Continue readingartificial intelligencecomputersScienceSTEMTechnology