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.
TO FIND WEAPONS IN IRAQ LEADS TO INQUIRIES, 6/04/03
1. Why did the United States go to war against Saddam Hussein in Iraq?
Reading Comprehension Questions: (click here for printout)
1. What is the status of the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?
2. Why are President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair being criticized?
3. What is the CIA doing?
4. What was Tony Blair's response to critics?
5. What does former United Nations chief weapons inspector Richard Butler believe about the weapons in Iraq?
Discussion Activity (more research might be needed):
1. Do you think that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction before the war? Explain your reasoning.
2. How important is it that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction before the war? Are there other reasons that could justify our going to war in Iraq?
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.