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 in 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 a 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: Green Buildings
Take Root in Cities, Schools 12/26/06
1. What are some
of the features of our school that use a lot of energy?
2. How does energy
use affect the environment?
3. What are a few ways to conserve energy around the house?
Reading Comprehension Questions: (click here for printout)
1. What is a green building?
2. What are some of the features green buildings can have?
3. What is the U.S. Green Building Council and what does it do?
4. Which city wants to require all developers to make green buildings?
5. Why are so many school districts interested in green buildings?
6. What are the financial benefits of a green building?
7. What is a green roof and how does it help the environment?
8. How might a teacher use the features of a green school in the classroom?
Discussion Activity (more research might be needed):
1. How could our school be modified to make it more energy-efficient?
2. What are some other ways cities can reduce waste or energy use?
3. Do you think the government should pass laws restricting individuals' energy use? Why or why not?