What a Relief!
How are disasters addressed by the Federal Government? This New York Times instructional activity, based on the article "Disaster Aid: The Mix of Mercy and Politics," prompts middle schoolers to discuss the idea of using a disaster declaration as a political tool. After evaluating the claims in the article, they conduct additional research and write an essay expressing their opinion about disasters and their link to politics. Focus on finding the central idea of the text to ease comprehension.