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 [firstname.lastname@example.org] for possible publication.
Evaluation: Students are graded on their answers to reading comprehension questions and/or their editorial.
Act Continues to Spark Debate, 9/17/03
1. If you were a
government official investigating a suspected terrorist, what areas of
his or her life would you want to know about?
Reading Comprehension Questions: (click here for printout)
1. What expanded powers would the President like to include in the Patriot Act?
2. What is the ACLU's position on the Patriot Act?
3. What is Attorney General John Ashcroft's position on the Patriot Act?
4. How do lawmakers hope to make changes to the Patriot act? Why is this significant?
Discussion Activity (more research might be needed):
Write a 300-500 word essay on any of these topics providing clear examples. Send your completed editorial to NewsHour Extra [email@example.com]. Exceptional essays might be published on our Web site.