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 Asks for More Resources for War on Terror, 9/08/03
1. Do you think that the war in Iraq is over? Why or why not?
2. What role is the United Nations playing in Iraq?
Reading Comprehension Questions: (click here for printout)
1. How much money does President Bush plan on asking Congress for? What will the money pay for?
2. What three objectives did President Bush outline in his speech?
3. The speech followed criticism over what events in Iraq?
4. What role would the United States like the United Nations to have in Iraq? How do other nations feel about this role?
5. How have other politicians responded?
Discussion Activity (more research might be needed):
1. What role should the United Nations play in Iraq? What role should countries other than the United States and Britain play there? Explain.
2. Should troops from other countries be led by the United States or by their own military leaders or by the United Nations? Explain your views.
Write a 300-500 word essay on either 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.
Have your students read the entire text of President Bush's speech to the nation on September 7, 2003. What parts of the speech were most effective in conveying Bush's message? Why or why not? How is this speech similar or different to other Presidential addresses (Note the relation of the beginning of the text to President John F. Kennedy's famous inaugural phrase that the United States would "pay any price, bear any burden" to defend liberty.)?