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.
Bush to Visit Five African Nations, 7/2/03
1. What is your view of life in Africa?
2. What stories about African countries have you seen or read in the news recently?
Reading Comprehension Questions: (click here for printout)
1. How many times has President Bush visited Africa in his role as President?
2. In what ways has terrorism affected some African countries?
3. What countries will President Bush visit during his trip to Africa?
4. Has President Bush committed troops to the conflicts in Liberia and Congo?
5. What will be President Bush' first stop on his trip to Africa? Why is this place important?
Discussion Activity (more research might be needed):
Research one of the countries that President Bush will visit during his trip to Africa? In a short essay, discuss that country's successes and its problems. Include what you think life might be like in that country for someone your age. Present your essay in a class discussion.