How to read news media
- How often do you read the newspaper (in either print or online) or watch the news?
- How often do you encounter a news item that contains unfamiliar references that hinder your interest in or understanding of the story?
- When you lack background knowledge for a news story, do you tend to try to find out more or stop reading or watching the story?
- Do you ever look up information when you’re reading or watching a news story? If so, what resources do you use?
- What, if anything – kinds of features in newspapers and on newspaper Web sites, school activities, and so on – would encourage you to follow the news more closely?
1. What does the Obama administration find troubling about the situation in Syria?
2. What actions taken by the United Nations Security Council have troubled the Obama administration? Why is the administration troubled?
3. What is the Obama administration afraid will happen next in Syria? What leads them to believe that these things might happen in the future?
4. What does it mean that the article is identified as a “news analysis” piece? What made this article interesting to read? Did it engage your interest in the topic?
5. What made this article challenging to read? What would help you understand it better?