A Note about Internet Resources
Students need to be aware that Web sites sometimes present only one view of an issue. Encourage them to think about Web sites as they are reading. Guiding questions as they review Web sites are: What did you learn from this site? What didn't you learn from this site? Who sponsors this site? What bias might the sponsor have? How current is the site?
FRONTLINE "The Storm"
The companion Web site to the FRONTLINE documentary provides extended interviews with direct participants in the story, analysis of significant issues, frequently asked questions, readings and links.
Tracking Hurricanes -- Hurricane Facts, Figures and Trivia
This site from the PBS Online NewsHour contains tables and comparisons of hurricanes from 1900 to 2000. Students can learn more about the history of hurricanes in this country, and which were the most deadly and damaging.
The Online NewsHour: Rebuilding the Gulf Coast: Case Study, Galveston, Texas
This PBS Online NewsHour site has created a program, "Case Study: Galveston, Texas" which looks at how a major hurricane changed the direction of this city.
NewsHour Extra Lesson Plan: The Gulf Coast Region
This PBS Online News Hour site includes a comprehensive lesson focusing on the geography of New Orleans and the effects of Hurricane Katrina.
FEMA: Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
The Federal Emergency Management Agency's site has information that is especially appropriate for middle school classes. Students will become familiar with how to prepare for different types of natural disasters and where these disasters are most likely to occur.
The 1900 Storm: Galveston, Texas
The Galveston County Daily News created this home page, which has many personal accounts, pictures, video clips and moving stories with which students could identify.
"Katrina: What Happened When"
Factcheck.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. This special report provides a timeline of the events before and after Hurricane Katrina. All of the stories are summarized and there are links to many articles.