Using NewsHour Extra Feature Stories
Overview: NewsHour Extra features stories can help students identify and interpret key issues in current events. This activity anticipates one class period, but the follow-up essay might be assigned as homework, or in another period.
Warm Up: Use initiating questions to introduce the topic and find out how much your students know.
Main Activity: Have students read NewsHour Extra's feature story and answer the questions on the reading comprehension handout.
Discussion: Use discussion questions to encourage students to think about how the issues outlined in the story affect their lives and express and debate different opinions.
Follow-up: Students can write an 500-word editorial on the topic expressing their views and send it to NewsHour Extra [email@example.com] for possible publication.
Evaluation: Students are graded on their answers to reading comprehension questions and/or their editorial.
Story: Two Years
After the Attacks, 9/10/03
1. Has America changed
since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001? In what ways?
2. Two years ago, what would you have imagined the second anniversary would be like? Is it different than you would have predicted? Why or why not?
Reading Comprehension Questions: (click here for printout)
1. Where will President Bush be on September 11, 2003?
2. What will happen at the former site of the World Trade Center?
3. What happened on September 11, 2001?
4. What major event resulted from the terrorist attacks on the United States. Explain this event.
Discussion Activity (more research might be needed):
2. Research the design of the memorial that has been planned for the Pentagon site. Describe it. How effective is the design? Explain your reasoning. The designs for the World Trade Center memorial and the Shanksville memorial have not yet been decided. Choose one site and plan a design for the site. Include a statement describing your memorial design.
Write a 300-500 word essay on either of these topics providing clear examples. Send your completed editorial to NewsHour Extra [firstname.lastname@example.org]. Exceptional essays might be published on our Web site.