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.
Campaign Fundraising Heats Up, 10/20/03
1. Who is running for president in 2004?
2. Why is fundraising important for political candidates?
Reading Comprehension Questions: (click here for printout)
1. Who is the latest candidate to join the Democrats in running against President Bush in 2004? How much money has he or she raised?
2. Why do presidential candidates need to raise so much money?
3. Which Democratic candidate has raised the most money so far? How much has the candidate raised?
4. Explain the differences between a primary and a caucus.
5. Explain President Bush's advantages in the upcoming election?
Discussion Activity (more research might be needed):
2. Do you think the primary system is a good way to choose a presidential candidate?
3. How has media, such as television and the Internet, impacted candidates' abilities to fundraise and get their messages out?
4. Research the McCain-Feingold
campaign finance law. How might this law make the election of 2004 different
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.