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September 11, 2020

News Roundup: Week of September 5–11

 

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Directions: Read the summary, watch the video, and answer the discussion questions. Have students record what they found most significant in the summaries and ask them what they’d like to learn more about. To read the transcript of the video above, click here

Summary of top news: Record wildfires spread through California and other western states this week, destroying hundreds of homes and displacing thousands of people. Smoke and ash have transformed the landscape across parts of the west including darkening the skies over cities such as San Francisco. For a lesson on the wildfires and climate change, click here

Also in the news:

  • Wildfires have affected other regions of the world. In Greece, protests broke out on the island of Lesbos after a refugee camp there burned down. 
  • Friday marked the 19th anniversary of the attacks of September 11. Memorials were muted this year by COVID-19 precautions, but still took place in New York and elsewhere. For a lesson on 9/11 and its impact, click here.
  • A push to pass additional COVID-19 relief funding stalled in the Senate. Experts now believe it’s unlikely additional relief legislation will be passed before the November election.
  • As school returns with many students learning remotely and many adults working from home, some people are looking for new ways to connect to their communities through art and music. Elsewhere, people across the US mourn the death of a pop culture icon.
  • President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden continued their campaigns this week as they prepare to debate for the first time later this month. Use this lesson plan to explore the electoral college and the race to win the presidency.

Focus question: How is the government’s response to wildfires made more complicated by other challenges and crises, including COVID-19?

Media literacy: What news item that you think is important is not discussed in this roundup? Why do you think it’s important?


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