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: India and
Pakistan Agree to Talks, 5/05/03
1). What do you know about India and or Pakistan?
Reading Comprehension Questions: (click here for printout)
1). When did India sever ties with Pakistan? Why?
2). Who are the prime ministers of India and Pakistan? What did they both agree to this week?
3). Why is the world community concerned about the relations between India and Pakistan?
4). What is the major problem between the two countries?
5). What is the most recent violence in the region?
Discussion Activity (more research might be needed):
1). Should India allow Kashmir to be independent or a part of Pakistan? Why or why not?
2). Explain why diplomatic ties are so important between India and Pakistan. What do they have to gain by positive relations with each other?
Write a 300-500 word essay on either of these topics providing clear examples. Send your completed editorial to NewsHour Extra (email@example.com). Exceptional essays might be published on our Web site.