SIRS Discoverer: Difficult Topics in the News

The news media is filled with current events that focus on terrorism, wars and other tragedies. Most kids are exposed to these stories and may want to know more or have questions. It’s important for elementary and middle school students to know about these topics and events even though they might be upsetting and difficult to understand. SIRS Discoverer articles provide background and context that help kids understand the FACTS of these situations. In addition to articles, editorially-selected photos and political cartoons provide perspective.

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Protests in Ferguson, Missouri
By Loavesofbread (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

SIRS Discoverer provides in-depth coverage of these topics:

War in Syria

War has ravaged the country of Syria for the past few years at the hands of dictator Bashar al-Assad.

Terrorism in France

On January 7, 2015, two gunman opened fire in the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France.

Unrest Ferguson

After the shooting death of an African-American teenager by a white police officer, protests and unrest took place throughout Ferguson, Missouri.

Boko Haram in Nigeria

A terrorist group in Nigeria kidnapped over 200 girls from a school and has started to control parts of Nigeria.

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