NewsHour Extra Feature Stories
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
Have students read NewsHour Extra's feature story and answer the questions
on the reading comprehension handout.
Use discussion questions to encourage students to think about how the
issues outlined in the story affect their lives and express and debate
can write an 500-word editorial on the topic expressing their views and
send it to NewsHour Extra [email@example.com]
for possible publication.
Students are graded on their answers to reading comprehension questions
and/or their editorial.
Bush Visits England: 11/19/03
1. What is the relationship
between the United States and England?
2. How do you think people in Europe feel about the war and now reconstruction
Questions: (click here for
1. What is significant
about President Bush's trip to England?
is the first U.S. president to be invited on an official state visit,
the most formal way of recognizing a foreign head of state.
2. Why isn't President
Bush speaking to the British parliament?
After an embarrassing
outburst by hecklers during President Bush's speech to the Australian
parliament in October, it was decided that he would avoid the British
parliament and instead address a smaller group of academics.
3. How did Mr. Bush
defend America's actions in Iraq?
a speech in which he defended the war in Iraq saying that military action
is sometimes necessary to fight terrorism.
cases, the measured use of force is all that protects us from a chaotic
world ruled by force," he said.
4. How did the president
recognize the protesters against his policies?
In his speech
President Bush also acknowledged that there are some who disagree with
the United States' decisions.
principled objections to the use of force in every generation and I
credit the motives behind these views," Bush said. But, he added:
"Those in authority are not judged only by good motivations. That
duty sometimes requires the violent restraint of violent men."
5. What major developments
will be resolved by President Bush's visit? Explain.
Not many. The
White House has suggested that this is a visit intended to reinforce
the unique relationship between the United States and England, but that
significant developments are not to be expected. Issues that will most
likely remain unresolved include trade disputes and the controversy
over nine British citizens among alleged terrorists being held by the
United States at a naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
(more research might be needed):
1. Why do you think the relationship between the United States and England
2. Do you think it
is stronger or weaker since the war in Iraq? Explain your reasoning.
3. How are the demonstrations in London during President Bush's visit
similar or different from the demonstrations that took place in the U.S.
both prior and during the military action in Iraq?
Send your answers,
in essay form, to firstname.lastname@example.org
for possible publication!