Common Core State Standard
L.CCS.1/2/3/4 Grades 6-12: Video of a current news event is presented for discussion to encourage student participation, but also inspire the use of evidence to support logical claims using the main ideas of the video. Students must analyze background information provided about a current event, draw out the main ideas and key details, and review different opinions on the issue. Then, students should present their own claims using facts and analysis for support.


More hostages released during Israel-Hamas truce

Two Americans, including a 4-year-old girl, were among the 17 hostages Hamas released in the third exchange for 39 Palestinians released from Israeli prisons. The four-day cease-fire deal is also allowing aid trucks to cross into Gaza and deliver crucial supplies. Late on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu seemed to open the door to more pauses in fighting if Hamas releases more hostages.

Class discussion: Do you expect the rest of the hostages in Gaza to be released? What would happen in the war if Hamas were to release all the hostages? What is Hamas getting out of the swaps? What is Israel gettting out of it? After all the fighting and civilian deaths, do you think that the Palestinians in Gaza and Israelis can live in peace? Why or why not? How do you expect this war to end?

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