Resources for addressing the Las Vegas shooting in your class
To our valued educators:
Yesterday morning I woke up, hugged my three boys and had a tough conversation.
The last month has felt like a never-ending stream of tough conversations for American parents and children. Mexico City. Harvey. Irma. Maria. And now, the most horrific and senseless of all, Las Vegas.
Like it or not, these stories surround our children. On 24-hour news channels, in tweets and snaps and posts, in schoolyard chatter, in dinner conversation. They are a part of our world. Stories that are dark, violent and sometimes inescapable.
And yet, the stories that arise from these tragedies can help students make sense of the world, build empathy, celebrate the heroism and joy of recovery, and work toward a stronger, more peaceful and more just society.
Since our founding five years ago, Newsela has always been committed to presenting these stories in a language that students can understand. Today, we’ve published this account of the Las Vegas shootings and this Text Set to help you address the big questions your students may have about tragedies such as this. If you’re a teacher of an Elementary class, the article won’t appear in your students’ version of Newsela, though you can share the link with them directly if you see fit. For all other teachers, you always have the option to hide the article from your students using the “Hide” button on the top-left corner of the article page. Only you can decide what is best for your class.
If you do choose to tackle these topics, we are here to help. Newsela articles, Text Sets and PRO Teacher Resources can help you to not only acknowledge the tragedy that your students may already be thinking about, but also equip them with a way to move forward and take part in the recovery.
For my three boys, ages 11, 12 and 14, my tough conversation yesterday, in short, went like this: A tragedy occurred. You’re safe. We’re still trying to understand what happened. It’s time to mourn. I love you. Go to school.
Newsela Founder and CEO