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.
Government Sues Tobacco Industry, 09/20/04
1. Where do you see ads for tobacco and cigarettes? Do you think that they are designed to appeal to young people? Why?
2. Do you think tobacco companies should pay for the health problems of smokers? Why or why not?
Reading Comprehension Questions: (click here for printout)
2. Explain the outcome of the lawsuit between the tobacco industry and 46 U.S. states?
3. What is RICO and how does it relate to this case?
4. What is the government's case against the tobacco industry? How did they claim the tobacco industry misled the public?
5. What is the tobacco industry's response to these charges?
6. If the Justice Department wins this case what might happen? What does the tobacco industry think about these potential changes?
Discussion Activity (more research might be needed):
1. Research tobacco advertising. Where is it? Analyze if you think it's designed to appeal to young people or adults. Explain your reasoning.
2. Should the government outlaw smoking? Why or why not?
3. Should the government or cigarette makers help pay for the health issues caused by smoking? Who is responsible for these harmful effects, smokers or the tobacco manufacturers? Explain your reasoning.
Write a 500-800 word essay on any 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.