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PBS NewsHour: Two-minute news wrap activity for students

March 17, 2020

Full Lesson



Directions: Watch the latest two-minute news wrap (3/16), and answer the focus question below.

Teacher’s note: If you are making plans for distance learning, take a look at our list of PBS resources that covers a variety of subjects.

To learn more about the coronavirus and how schools can help prepare, read Coronavirus: Multilingual Resources for Schools by PBS WETA’s Colorin Colorado.

Focus questions:

  1. What news story did you find the most interesting? Why?

To watch the full NewsHour episode or individual news segments, click here.

2. Do you think Arizona, Illinois and Florida should have held Democratic primaries today (March 17), given the coronavirus outbreak? Explain.

(Ohio, Louisiana, Georgia and Kentucky postponed their primaries.)

3. What questions do you have after watching the news wrap? How can you find out the answers to them?

Extension activity: 

Check out this learning activity with your students: Students across PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs (SRL) network were asked what information they’ve heard regarding the coronavirus. Choose a video to watch and answer the questions below.



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Media literacy education

What is media literacy?

Media literacy is the ability to access, evaluate and create all types of media, including news media.

All of NewsHour Classroom's resources contain lessons in media literacy, including questions like who produced the piece and what do you know about them?

Start by evaluating this video introducing NewsHour Classroom here.