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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

What's going on in Egypt?

Hearing a lot about Egypt in the news? Not sure what's going on, or what it means?

Think about things the same way you do when you are learning about Charlotte, North Carolina or the US.
  • Identify the local and national governments, leaders, citizens and policies. Who, what, where, when, why and how.
  • Examine what's the same as what you know here. For example, both Egypt and the US have leaders called Presidents.
  • Then, compare and contrast: what are the powers of the American president? What are the powers of the Egyptian president? Is this the same or different? Why?
  • Find out about the rights of citizens - for example, free speech is a right guaranteed to Americans. What about Egyptians? How do you know this?
  • How do citizens in both countries share information? In the current events in Egypt, citizens have been using social media to share information and mobilize support. Why do you think this is? Do you think it is effective? Why?
  • If something is happening far away, can it impact your school? City? State? Country? How? Think about things like economics, freedoms, governments, media and other things.

Another good way to learn is to compare news coverage from different sources.
  • First, identify what's happening, where, when, why, who and how.
  • Based on what you know about it, what headlines would you write about Egypt?
  • Would you make the Egypt story the top, or most important one?
  • Are there differences between the way the same stories are covered in the US, in London, in Cairo? Other places? Why?
  • Do you think you can access more or less news about Egypt than the people who are actually involved in the situation? Do you think this matters?
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