Survivors of Hurricane Katrina Share Their Stories, 09/12/05
Reading Comprehension Questions:
1. What is happening at the D.C. Armory?
2. Why did Gerard Broussard stay in New Orleans?
3. When did Gerard decide to leave?
4. Describe Gerard's experience at school thus far? What does he want to do?
5. Where was William when the storm hit? What happened to his family?
6. Where did William go when the storm hit? When did he decide to leave New Orleans?
7. What has William been doing since he arrived in Washington, DC? What is he looking forward to?
8. What is William's opinion of the news coverage of Hurricane Katrina? How have his opinions been shaped by his experiences?
Discussion Activity (more research might be needed):
1. Read Gerard's statement
about the difference between being a survivor and being a looter. Do you
agree with him? Why or why not? What would you have done if you had been
in a similar situation?
3. Imagine that like Gerard and William, you had to flee your home with few or no possessions. What would that feel like? How would you like people to treat you? What would you like to happen long term?
4. Are there Katrina evacuees in your community? Do they want to tell their stories? If you are an evacuee with a story to share, or a high school journalist covering the story in your hometown, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org