This Week's News

  • Santa Fe Study Guide: Have School Shootings Become Part of American Culture? | PBS NewsHour

    Watch the first video, 'Remembering the Santa Fe Shooting Victims,' to learn about the eight students and two teachers who were killed in the school shooting at Santa Fe High School on May 18, 2018 near Houston, Texas. Next, read the Associated Press (AP) story about the circumstances surrounding the shooting and answer the discussion in support materials questions below.

    Then, watch the second video, 'Texas School Shooting Days Before graduation Draws Governor’s Call for New Gun Laws.' Consider how the words spoken by student Paige Curry relate to those spoken in the aftermath of the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. 

    May 22, 2018 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • U.S-North Korea Summit Study Guide | PBS NewsHour

    Use this study guide to discuss the history of U.S-North Korean relations and the significance of diplomacy with your students ahead of the U.S-North Korea summit set to take place on June 12, 2018.

    There are signs of progress just days after South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un met during a historic encounter in late April 2018. Both leaders met on South Korean territory, in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that separates the two nations. North Korea announced it would re-sync its time zone with South Korea’s starting Saturday. In 2015, they had set clocks 30 minutes behind Seoul. South Korea said it would remove the loudspeakers that blast propaganda into the North.

    After watching the video below, read the article “Trump Says Time, Place Set for Planned U.S.-North Korea Summit" and consider the significance of the upcoming meeting between Kim Jong Un and President Trump on the heels of this recent positive North-South Korea exchange. 

    May 7, 2018 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Why Do Hyperpartisan News Sites Exist? | PBS NewsHour

    This story is an installment of PBS NewsHour’s four-part series on “Junk News,” and explores who is behind creating inflammatory news sites, and why. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien profiles a leading purveyor of junk news, Cyrus Massoumi, who has hit the jackpot exploiting the trend toward hyperpartisan news. Why does Massoumi do it? He makes a lot of money and it’s easy.

    After watching this video, classrooms may engage in a discussion about who has the responsibility to address the dangers of junk news. Is it the people who make the news, or the people who consume it? See support materials below for guiding questions and additional information about media literacy.

    May 6, 2018 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Connection Challenge: Building Stronger, Safer Communities | PBS NewsHour

    Inspired by Parkland students, three schools across the U.S. participated in the Connection Challenge as a way to step out of their comfort zones and connect with other young people at school with whom they wouldn’t normally interact. PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs teamed up with Snapchat on April 20th, the day of the National School Walkout, to cover the event.

    Watch the video and answer the discussion questions in our support materials below. Your class or school may want to hold its own Connection Challenge. Check out the extension activity linked below under Follow Up.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Does Trump’s School Safety Plan Make Schools Safer? | PBS NewsHour

    On March 11, 2018, President Donald Trump shared his school safety plan, which includes arming teachers, expanding mental health, and improving the National Instant Criminal Background System. The plan does not endorse expanding background checks. Trump backpedaled on his support for raising the minimum age to buy assault weapons, and the proposed program is being criticized for not going far enough to address the problem of gun violence. Arming teachers could make schools less safe, given accuracy problems and the potential to draw more shooters to schools.

    March 14, 2018 videos and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Will School Walkouts Inspire Lawmakers to Act? | PBS NewsHour

    On March 14, 2018, thousands of students across the U.S. walked out of class in protest of gun violence and to demand stricter gun laws. This showing — the first large-scale coordinated effort of the student-driven fight for gun control — lasted for 17 minutes to acknowledge the 17 people killed at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February.

    Read NewsHour Extra's Student Voice blog How Teens Want to Solve America's School Shooting Problem. Then share your class’ own solutions to gun violence in schools @NewsHourExtra via Twitter using #StudentGunReformIdeas.

    March 14, 2018 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12