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Students' Take on the College Admissions Scandal | PBS NewsHour

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Directions: Read the summary, watch the videos and answer the discussion questions below. You may want to turn on the “CC” (closed-captions) function and read along with the transcript here.

Summary: On March 12th, federal prosecutors charged 50 people, including CEOs and celebrities, for securing college admission for their children through elaborate cheating plots and bribery. Since the scandal broke, widespread controversy and outrage has bubbled to the surface from families who feel cheated. High school students from around the country share their thoughts on the scandal and the inequities within higher education. “It’s easier to get into college if you’re rich. I feel like that’s just a given. Like, everyone knows that,” said high school student Eleanor Wirtz.

Jane Fonash, a school counselor for 24 years with Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia and now independent college consultant, also weighed in on the scandal. She emphasized the need for college counseling services in public schools across the country to help student and families navigate the process.

April 16, 2019 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

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Fake News Websites Lead to Real Life Dangers Such as 'Pizzagate' | PBS NewsHour

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Watch how concern over the spread of fake news has grown since the presidential election with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from December 12, 2016.

Responding to Growing Domestic Terrorism Amid California Synagogue Shooting | PBS NewsHour

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Directions: Read the summary, watch the videos and answer the discussion questions below. You may want to read along with the transcript here. If time is of the essence, you may wish to stop the video at 2m:18s.

Teachers’ note: Use this link to see a full list of resources on how to speak with children about gun violence, including in the immediate aftermath of a mass shooting. Resources are from a variety of organizations and for students of all ages. Use the resources that work best for you.

Summary: On April 27th, a gunman stormed the Chabad of Poway synagogue in Poway, Calif., in a San Diego suburb, where 100 worshipers were gathered. One woman, 60-year-old Lori Gilbert-Kaye, was killed, and three people were injured. One congregant was able to charge the gunman and force him out of the synagogue. The 19-year-old alleged shooter was inspired by white supremacy and posted an anti-Semitic manifesto on the internet hours before the shooting. The attack took place at the end of Passover, which is meant to be a celebratory time for Jews. Offerings of support have been flooding in for all of those affected, as the government grapples with how to stop the increase in anti-Semitic violence.

May 2, 2019 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

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Current Events in Ukraine: Unfolding a Political Crisis

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Use these six videos and accompanying Teacher’s Guides from PBS Newshour Extra to address the current political crisis in Ukraine. These news stories span from December 3, 2013, through March 10, 2014.

The current wave of protests in Ukraine began in late November 2013, after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, under pressure from Russia, rejected a deal that would have created closer ties with the European Union. Protests flared again in mid-February, spreading from the capital of Kiev to other regions and leading to violent clashes between police and demonstrators that resulted in the deaths of more than 80 people. The Ukrainian parliament responded by impeaching President Yanukovych on February 22, causing him to flee to Russia. Following Yanukovych's impeachment, which Russians and pro-Russian Ukrainians opposed, Russia sent troops to Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, which is geographically and culturally close to Russia. As of March 7, a newly appointed government in Crimea has proposed a March 16 referendum that would allow residents of Crimea to vote on whether to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, or stay in Ukraine with greater autonomy.

The Teacher's Guides below provide facts and links on Ukraine's background, including the longstanding tension between its ties with Russia and links to Western Europe, as well as discussion questions and writing prompts addressing this tension and the United States and NATO's response to the developing crisis.

Discussion Questions:
Consider these news stories as informational "texts." If you view all five videos in a row, consider how news stories unfold over time. Does the spread of the crisis to the Crimea in February 2014 seem predictable or unpredictable given reporting from December and January? What do these news stories omit that would be useful for an in-depth understanding of these events?

Jamal Khashoggi’s Legacy and Freedom of the Press | 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: On October 2, 2018, Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian journalist and permanent resident of the United States, visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, to pick up documents for his upcoming wedding. While inside, Khashoggi was brutally murdered by Saudi agents, according to Turkish officials. Khashoggi had moved to the U.S. in 2017, and worked for the Washington Post. He was a well-known critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s (MBS) harsh treatment of journalists and the regime’s role in Yemen’s civil war. For several days, President Donald Trump urged the public not to pass judgment on Saudi Arabia, a long-time ally of the U.S., until the facts were known. Trump’s reaction led to criticism from abroad and inside the U.S., since America has long been viewed as a key protector of human rights and freedom of the press. On Oct. 20, Saudi state television confirmed Khashoggi’s death and announced 18 Saudi officials had been detained in connection with the incident. Saudi’s MBS denies he ordered or knew anything about the killing.

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

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2016 Hopefuls Pick Up Pace Ahead of Iowa Caucuses | PBS NewsHour

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Watch how the presidential race is heating up before the Iowa caucuses with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from January 22, 2016.

How Media Literacy Helps Teachers and Students Talk about Gun Violence | PBS NewsHour

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Directions: Read the summary, watch the video (be sure to preview) and then answer the discussion questions. All of this week’s discussion questions have been based around media literacy! Your students may find it helpful to follow along using the transcript. For more information, read NewsHour’s What we know about the California mass shooting

Note: If you are a teacher, parent or concerned adult, you may want to use NewsHour’s resource, How to talk with children in the immediate aftermath of a mass shooting, with information from a variety of organizations and for students of all ages. Use the resource that works best for you and keep in mind this idea by PBS’ Lydia Breisith who writes, “Remember that it is ok to admit that you don’t have all of the answers. Mr. Rogers offers the following: ‘If the answer is ‘I don’t know,’ then the simplest reply might be something like, ‘I’m sad about the news, and I’m worried. But I love you, and I’m here to care for you.'”

Summary: On Wednesday November 7, at least 12 people including a sheriff’s deputy were killed in a mass shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The shooter, 28-year-old Ian David Long, a Marine Corps veteran, is also dead. California’s Democratic lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom, was elected governor just this week. “This can’t be normalized. This is just remarkable, just another day in America, but, tragically, now, in our state,” Newsom said.

November 9, 2018 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

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Clinton Defends Email Use While Trump Brushes Off Protests | PBS NewsHour

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Watch how Hillary Clinton defends email use while Donald Trump brushes off protests with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from May 25, 2016.

 

Alabama Tornado Aftermath | PBS Newshour

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Summary: Officials have released the names of 23 people who died from a tornado that hit Lee County, Alabama, on March 3, 2019. Rescue efforts are winding down, though many residents will face a long road to recovery after losing homes and livelihoods to the 170 mile-per-hour winds. President Donald Trump, who plans to visit victims of the tornado on Friday, tweeted: “FEMA has been told directly by me to give the A Plus treatment to the Great State of Alabama and the wonderful people who have been so devastated by the Tornadoes.” This was in contrast to how he reacted to Californians after last spring’s wildfires and victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, which included rhetoric blaming local leaders. Over the past thirty years, tornadoes have shifted their location — decreasing in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas but increasing in states along the Mississippi River and farther east, according to a recent study in the journal Climate and Atmospheric Science.Scientists aren’t certain why this shift has taken place but are continuing their research.

March 6, 2019 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

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Some Republican Leaders Raise Concerns over Trump Candidacy | PBS NewsHour

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Learn how several Republican leaders came out against leading presidential candidate Donald Trump with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from March 3, 2016

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