Top lesson: Trump faces possible indictments

This lesson plan is from PBS Newshour classroom 

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As the country waits for a Manhattan grand jury’s decision in the case involving Donald Trump’s alleged hush-money payments, the New York Times reported the former president is said to be invigorated by the possibility of an indictment. It raises questions about his fate and the Republican Party which has tied its future to Trump. GOP strategist Doug Heye discussed the latest with Geoff Bennett.

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  • Who is interviewed for this story, and what is his background?
  • What are some of the criminal investigations surrounding former president Trump?
  • Where are some of the places Trump is under criminal investigation?
  • How have some of Trump’s supporters reacted to potential criminal charges against him?
  • Why does Doug Heye say Trump could use criminal charges for his political advantage?


Why do you think Donald Trump continues to command the loyalty of much of the Republican party, despite many of the controversies surrounding him, including serious legal troubles?

Media literacy: Doug Heye is identified as a GOP strategist (GOP, or Grand Old Party, is a nickname for the Republican Party). How does choosing a Republican strategist to interview shape this story?

Alternative: See, Think, Wonder: What did you notice? What did the story make you think? What story would you want to find out more about? Where would you go to learn more?


What students can do: Understand the legal jeopardy faced by the former president. Read the following article  — Trump faces 4 investigations. Here’s where they stand — and discuss: how do Trump’s legal problems impact his run for president? How does his run for president impact his legal problems?

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