What do your students know about Pope Benedict XVI
and his visit to the U.S.
? This NewsHour Extra story and class activity.
gives you an easy way to find out. Ask your students to answer five initial questions in the handout
before and after they read the provided story.
Here is your teacher guide
to using the story.
While classroom discussions of personal religious belief might be limited, the excitement and news coverage of the papal visit is a chance to learn more about issues facing American Catholics, and also explore the wider role of religion and ethics in society.
The first 4 minutes of this papal visit video report includes background information and the next 14 minutes is a debate between four experts on U.S. Catholicism and American views of the pope.
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NewsHour Extra Student Voices: Pope Benedict Makes First U.S. Visit
WNET Religion & Ethics Newsweekly Online Companion
R&E Story: Pope Benedict’s Foreign Policy
Includes excellent video (requires quicktime or windows media) and interviews
R&E’s Master Teacher David Streight
R&E Lesson Plans List
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(web sites focusing on ethics, character education, spirituality and religion)