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.
U.N. Envoy to Iraq Outlines Plan for June 30 Handover: 4/28/04
1. Who is in charge of Iraq?
Reading Comprehension Questions: (click here for printout)
1. Who is Lakhdar Brahimi and what did he present to the U.N.?
2. What is undermining U.S. efforts to meet the June 30 deadline?
3. Who would make up Iraq's interim government, according to Brahimi?
4. What would happen to the Iraqi Governing Council under the proposed plan?
5. What must now happen in order to move the process for the handover forward?
Questions (more research might be needed):
Is it a good thing that the U.N. is taking over responsibility for choosing the
interim government in Iraq? Why or why not? What are the implications of a U.N.-chosen
government rather than a U.S.-chosen government?
3. The new plan proposed by the U.N. and backed by the U.S. calls for an interim government that's appointed and not elected? How do you think Iraqis may feel about that? Would you accept a U.S. government that was appointed by officials and not elected by voters? Why or why not?
4. Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry has accused President Bush of politicizing the situation in Iraq and trying to gain more votes by giving partial control of Iraq to the Iraqis right before the presidential election in the U.S. Does Kerry have a legitimate claim? Why or why not?
Send your answers, in essay form, to email@example.com for possible publication!