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Zelenskyy says Russia's battle for the east has begun — and other news for April 19, 2022

April 19, 2022


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Monday that the expected next phase of Russia’s war, focusing on the eastern part of his nation, appears to have begun. John Yang reports, then Judy Woodruff talks to retired Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, the former U.S. ambassador to NATO, and Dmitri Alperovitch of the Silverado Policy Accelerator about what to expect and what Russia wants.

WARNING: This video may be inappropriate for some students. Be sure to preview before showing to your students. You may also want to read this Colorín Colorado article 15 Tips for Talking with Children About Violence in preparation for this lesson.

Directions: To watch the feature story, click the video above. Or skim the segments from the latest NewsHour by clicking on the image below, and choose the story that works best for your class. Then answer the questions below.

Five Facts

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?
  • 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

See, Think, Wonder: What did you notice? What did the story make you think? What story would you want to find out more about? Where would you go to learn more?

For More

Why is the president of Ukraine’s name now spelled Zelenskyy instead of Zelensky in U.S. news sources? Read this CNN article to find out.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy makes a speech in Kyiv, Ukraine on February 28, 2022. (Photo by Presidency of Ukraine / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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