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Jan. 14, 2022: Earth sets record for hottest in history 6th year in a row

January 14, 2022

An environmental activist shows an orange, painted as a globe, during an event to mark the Earth Overshoot Day on August 1, 2018 in Berlin. – Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when we (all of humanity) have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the entire year. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)




Here’s a rundown of today’s featured stories, including the news summary from the previous night. Choose one of the following stories or topics from the news summary to view and answer the questions below.


STEM: For 6th straight year, Earth sets record for hottest in history. Article

SOCIAL STUDIES: Democrats’ voting rights legislation ‘on ice’ with opposition to filibuster changes Video (4 min) Transcript


ARTS & CULTURE – ENGLISH: Tucson memorial for shooting victims elevates art born from tragedy Video (4 min) Transcript

Screenshot of the Tucson mass shooting memorial from the PBS NewsHour video


NEWS SUMMARY: Top House Republican defended his refusal to cooperate with Jan. 6 probe Video (watch first 2m:20 min ending with Biden speaking) Transcript

Discussion questions using the Journalist’s Five Ws plus an H:

  • Who are some of the individuals or groups of people mentioned in the news summary?
  • What stories are covered?
  • Where do some of the stories take place?
  • When did those stories occur?
  • Why did the event(s) take place?

*Bonus: How do you think the NewsHour’s producers decided which stories made it into the news summary?

Media literacy: Who else do you think should have been interviewed in the story you watched?

Focus Questions

Why do you see so many headlines about voting rights in the news? Without voting rights protections, is the U.S. still a democracy?

Does a government’s actions towards being a good steward of the earth (taking care of the environment) show how democratic it is?

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.