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: Fifty Years:
Brown v. Board of Education, 05/12/04
1. How racially diverse
is your school?
Reading Comprehension Questions: (click here for printout)
1. When did the Supreme Court rule on Brown v. Board of Education? What did they rule? What was the result of their ruling?
2. Explain two other acts that Brown v. Board of Education impacted.
3. What situation prompted Linda Brown's father to get involved in the Brown case?
4. When did desegregation really begin to take effect? Why? What percentage of black students attended mostly white schools at the peak of desegregation?
5. What is the debate going on now in terms of school desegregation?
Discussion Activity (more research might be needed):
2. How integrated is your school? Find out some statistics on the racial diversity in your school. Why is it this way? Does your school have programs to encourage diversity? Why or why not?
3. What are the benefits of living in a diverse culture? What can we learn from people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds? What would you lose if you had to go to a school with only people of your race? Explain your answer.
Write a 300-500 word essay on any 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.