Using NewsHour Extra Worksheets
Overview: NewsHour Extra worksheets can help students follow along and identify key points in NewsHour science broadcast pieces.
Warm Up: Introduce the topic of the broadcast piece and find out how much your students know.
Main Activity: Hand out the worksheet and have students answer the questions as they watch the NewsHour segment.
Need a DVD of the science segment?: Write to email@example.com.
Story: Biologists Struggle to Save the Spotted Owl , 12/18/07
1. For how many years has the spotted owl been on the endangered species list? What rules were set by a Clinton administration agreement to try to save the species?
2. What species has moved into the spotted owl's habitat in recent years, and why is this a problem?
3. What do members of the timber industry think about the issue of prohibiting logging in the spotted owl's habitat, and how does the barred owl factor into their argument?
4. Do biologists such as David Wiens think logging should be allowed in the spotted owl's habitat? Why or why not?
5. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's recovery team has become embroiled in a political controversy over its spotted owl recovery plan. Briefly explain the difference between the first and second versions of the recovery plan.
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