Using NewsHour Extra Feature Stories
Overview: NewsHour Extra feature 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.
the California Recall, 7/30/03
1. Can Americans "fire" a politician once he or she is elected to office?
2. Under what circumstances should Americans remove a politician from office?
Reading Comprehension Questions: (click here for printout)
1. What is a recall?
2. What is the voting process in a recall election?
3. Why do Davis' opponents want him removed from office?
4. Name two republicans that may run against Davis in October?
5. Describe another recall vote in history.
Discussion Activity (more research might be needed):
1.) Do Internet research on California's energy crisis and on the state's budget crisis. Explain your opinion on whether Gov. Gray Davis should or should not face a recall.
2.) What is the significance in a Democracy of voters being able to recall or impeach public officers?
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.