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PBS NewsHour Extra

January 5, 2022 | 0 comments

Texans Describe What Drove People in Their Town to Storm the Capitol

Ask Students: Where did reporter William Brangham travel to report this story, and why? How has Frisco changed as a community in the past 10 years, according to this piece?

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Summary

This week marks one year since the insurrection at the United States Capitol on Jan. 6. William Brangham reports from one part of the country that produced an outsized number of people charged in the capitol riots, and heard from others in that community who are still trying to understand the forces that propelled their neighbors to the siege.

 

 

Discussion Questions

  • Where did reporter William Brangham travel to report this story, and why?
  • Who is interviewed in this piece, and what are their connections to those who attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021?
  • Why did so many members of the Frisco community join in on Jan. 6, according to this piece?
  • How has Frisco changed as a community in the past 10 years, according to this piece?
  • What has been the role of misinformation in political movements in Frisco, according to those interviewed?

Focus Questions

What do you think is the best way to address the sort of disinformation described in this piece that helped propel the attack on the Capitol?

Media Literacy

Why do you think the producers decided to profile a single community in Texas to try and understand the impulses that led to an attack on the Capitol?

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Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Extra.