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 [firstname.lastname@example.org] for possible publication.
Evaluation: Students are graded on their answers to reading comprehension questions and/or their editorial.
Story: Iraq Situation Still
Tense After Saddam's Capture: 1/14/04
1. What is the current situation in Iraq? Is it safer now that Saddam Hussein has been captured? Why or why not?
2. Why are people fighting with or angry at the American-led coalition in Iraq?
3. What challenges are the American-led forces facing in Iraq?
Reading Comprehension Questions: (click here for printout)
1. What did Iraq's U.S. administrator Paul Bremer say about the rate of attacks on the coalition? How did he explain this?
2. What is the U.S. death toll since American-led forces invaded Iraq last March?
3. Explain the significance of the Sunni Triangle to the coalition's work in Iraq.
4. What is the Shiite spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's opinion of the U.S. plan to create a provisional government in Iraq?
Discussion Questions (more
research might be needed):
2. Research the U.S. coalition's
plan to create a provisional government in Iraq. Why does the U.S. favor
this plan? Why might Iraqi Shiites object? Are their criticisms just?
What would you do?
Send your answers, in essay form, to email@example.com for possible publication!