I recently found out that CNN has a section entirely devoted to students. CNN Student News utilizes CNN’s worldwide resources to bring each day’s top news stories to middle and high school classrooms. I think this a fantastic tool and a great way for students to become familiar with news vocabulary. Not only they will be able to catch up on the most recent stories, but also be able to practice and improve their listening skills drastically.
The website has also quick quides and transcripts from the videos and questions and quizzes.
So I thought “Why not post these videos on the blog and encourage students to watch them and answer the questions?”. Well, that’s exactly what you guys are going to do from now on. Enjoy the first video and don’t forget to answer the questions in the comments section.
for the transcript, click here.
for the questions, click here or just read them below.
(CNN Student News) — December 16, 2008
1. According to the program: What types of weather events are wreaking havoc across the U.S.? What are some of the states that have been hit by this weather?
2. How do you think that early warning may have helped to control the damage from these weather events?
3. Is your state subject to severe winter weather? If so, what type(s) of winter weather has it experienced in the past? What, if anything, do you and your family do to protect lives and property in advance of severe winter weather?
4. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, how many people are homeless in America? Does this number surprise you? Explain.
5. How would you describe Bridgette Mitchell’s former living conditions? Where does she live now?
6. How is the Housing First program different from a typical shelter? What is the goal of the program?
7. In the video, we hear that in spite of the program, some of its homeless end up back on the streets. In your opinion, what might be some of the reasons why this happens?
8. Do you have any ideas for addressing the problem of homelessness in the U.S.? If so, share them with the class.
9. According to the government, at what time of year do Americans generate the most waste? List some of the kinds of waste that you think might add to this volume.
10. According to the video, what are some things that you can do to minimize holiday waste? What other ideas can you think of to cut down on seasonal trash?