Students in U.S. high schools can get free digital access to The New York Times until Sept. 1, 2021.
Featured Article: “‘I Will Get Up’: A Hard New Year Greets a World in Waiting” by Jason Horowitz
As people around the world welcomed the new year in hopes of leaving behind the horrors of 2020, many people are now realizing that the hardest challenges may lie ahead. In this lesson, you will learn about how the virus is affecting individuals and communities around the globe as we enter 2021. Then, you will study a map to learn more, or choose one country to do further research about.
We asked students about their hopes and desires for 2021, not only for themselves, but for their families, their communities and the world. Here is what three students said:
In 2021, I hope for peace. I hope that I can wake up and have a normal school day. It’s weird that something that was so close to me suddenly seems so far to reach. But, I will not lose hope. I will continue to believe that this year will be better.
2020 was a year of joy and happiness. I had lots of good memories and they will stay with me through the rest of high school and the rest of my life. 2021 will be a year for new memories and new friends and new habits that I will not break.
What I hope for in 2020 is no more Covid. I know Covid won’t just end immediately but once they get a vaccine to a lot of people, I will feel so much safer. I want to be able to live normally and see my friends.
Do you relate to what any of the students above said? How do you feel about 2021? Are you hopeful or optimistic? Or do you have fears and worries as you enter the New Year?
Questions for Writing and Discussion
Read the article and then answer the following questions:
1. Why does the English motto “Keep calm and carry on” seem inappropriate or outdated in Britain now?
2. How has Luis Miguel Melche, a Mexico City-based production manager for rock and pop groups, experienced 2020 into the New Year?