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Trump’s Speech through a Media Literacy Lens | PBS NewsHour

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Directions: Read the summary, watch the video and then answer the discussion questions.

Summary: On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump delivered a prime-time address from the Oval Office on the government shutdown and what he called the “humanitarian and national security crisis” at the border. Trump said that all Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal migration, adding that it “strains public resources and drives down jobs and wages.” Trump is demanding a taxpayer-funded $5 billion in border wall — an issue at the heart of a partial government shutdown that is now into its third week. Democratic lawmakers have been unwilling to pass budgets that include a border barrier. With both sides still at a stalemate, the partial government shutdown, at 19 days and counting, is already one of the longest shutdowns in modern history.

Dig deeper: When he was running for president, Trump campaigned on Mexico paying for the wall. Republican legislators previously proposing $25 billion for construction. To learn more, read NewsHour’s How Trump is trying to shift the shutdown debate and Trump says there’s a ‘crisis’ at the border. Here’s what the data says.

January 9, 2019 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

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Clinton and Cruz Win Iowa Caucuses | PBS NewsHour

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Find out the highlights of the Iowa Caucuses with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from February 1, 2016.

Native American Tribes Feel the Impact of Government Shutdown | PBS NewsHour

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Summary: The government shutdown has affected Native American tribes who rely on federal funds allocated by treaty rights. For the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians in Wisconsin, funding goes towards services like public safety and elder healthcare. Now the tribe is awaiting more than a million dollars owed by the government. President Trump continues to demand a multi-billion taxpayer-funded border wall and Democratic lawmakers have been unwilling to pass budgets that include a wall. With both sides still at a stalemate, the partial government shutdown is the longest in modern history

January 15, 2019 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

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Prophet Muhammad cartoon debate continues 10 years later

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Learn more about the debate that ensued following a Danish newspaper publishing political cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad a decade ago with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from October 1, 2015.

Notre Dame Fire and the Cathedral’s Significance | PBS NewsHour

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Directions: Read the summary, watch the videos and answer the discussion questions below. Read the Associated Press’s “Fire breaks out at Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral.”

Summary: Firefighters contained a major fire at Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday. Throngs of tourists and locals gathered nearby to watch and take images of a massive fire that engulfed parts of the 12th-century landmark cathedral as nearby residents were evacuated. Paris fire commander Jean-Claude Gallet said hundreds of firefighters were able to stop the flames from spreading to the north tower belfry, and the Paris police chief said the structure had been saved from total destruction. Major renovations were underway to address cracks in the foundation which inspectors think is the probable cause.

The many works of art inside the cathedral include three stained-glass rose windows and a Catholic relic, the crown of thorns, placed on display on special occasions like Lent, which begins this week. “Like all our countrymen, I’m sad tonight to see this part of us burn,” French President Emmanuel Macron said in a tweet; however, he said that the cathedral will be rebuilt through a national fundraising campaign.

March 29, 2019 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

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Governor Northam and the Racist Legacy of Blackface in American Society | PBS NewsHour

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Directions: Read the summary, watch the video and answer the discussion questions. Follow along using the transcript. If time permits, read the following articles with your students: “Virginia’s Gov. Northam says that wasn’t him in racist photo” or “Blackface photo spotlights deeply embedded racism in U.S.”

Summary: Virginia’s Democratic governor Ralph Northam is in the news after a photo of people in blackface and Ku Klux Klan costumes surfaced on his page of the 1984 medical school yearbook. Northam says he is not the person in the photo, although he admits he wore blackface on a separate occasion. The governor is facing calls to resign from members of his own party. NewsHour’s Yamiche Alcindor talks to Duke University’s Mark Anthony Neal and The Atlantic’s Vann Newkirk about the racist history of blackface in America and why it is so hurtful.

For background reading about the history of blackface in the US and classroom discussion questions, explore the support materials.

February 5, 2019 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

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Cruz Picks a Running Mate, Trump Accuses Clinton of Playing ‘Woman Card’ | PBS NewsHour

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Find out about Sen. Ted Cruz's choice for running mate Carly Fiorina with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from April 27, 2016.

Our Plastic Problem and How to Solve It | PBS NewsHour

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Directions: Read the summary with your students, watch the video (if helpful, follow along with the transcript) and then answer the discussion questions.

Summary: A movement to ban the use of plastic straws in restaurants is spreading across the United States. Recycling small plastics such as straws is challenging, because sorting machines must first separate recyclable waste from non-recyclables, and materials like straws are often too small to be captured. But environmental experts say that the problem isn’t in recycling, it’s that we make all this plastic in the first place. Humans have created more than 9 billion tons of plastics since the 1950s, most of which is still in circulation today. Using resources to continuously recycle all this plastic effectively cancels out any environmental benefits to the practice. Compostable straws made of materials such as wood pulp have potential, but they’re more expensive than plastic straws and consumers complain that they don’t work as well.

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

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Teaching Moment: Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh | PBS NewsHour

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Directions: Read the summary below first, then watch the video and answer the discussion questions. To help students follow along, use the transcript

Summary: Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces a crucial vote Friday as a Senate panel will decide whether or not to move his nomination to the full Senate on Saturday with a full vote as early as next week. This comes a day after Kavanaugh adamantly denied sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford, who insisted she’s “100 percent” certain he did. High drama played out in a day-long hearing on the allegations against Kavanaugh. Ford offered her much-awaited testimony about the summer day in 1982 that she remembers being assaulted, while Kavanaugh defiantly called it a “political hit.”

For classroom resources since the start of the Supreme Court hearings, explore NewsHour Extra’s study guide on the confirmation hearing to date and its connection to the #MeToo movement. 

September 28, 2018 videos and resources from PBS NewsHour.

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Need-to-Know: Government Shutdown!

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Use this PBS NewsHour video and educational text from September 30th, 2013 to help students understand the basics of the governement shutdown.

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