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: U.S. Forces
Capture Eight Iraqis Pictured on "Most Wanted" Playing Cards,
1) What is the latest
information about Iraq? Who is in charge? What is the status of Saddam
Reading comprehension questions: (click here for printout)
1) How many Iraqi officials from the "most wanted" list have been captured so far?
2) How are the "most wanted" cards organized?
3) What card is Saddam Hussein? Why?
4) List and explain the ways in which the military has used similar playing cards in the past?
1) Does this use of
cards trivialize the U.S. mission in Iraq? Why or why not?
Have your students research more deeply the use of similar playing cards in past military operations including World War II and Vietnam. How was the use similar or different? How does this compare to the current use of playing cards in Iraq?