It seems I would be downright irrelevant as an educator if we continued to read about New Orleans for an entire afternoon and didn't speak of Katrina. So I let them talk. I let them tell the stories they have heard and ask questions. We talk about the donation drive here at school and other efforts.
So they start telling stories...
"I heard a man stabbed his sister in the head for a bag of ice"
(talking over bag of ice boy)"I heard someone got killed for a pork chop"
(trying to get it all straight) "You mean people dying for a pork chop and a bagga ice?..."
And then, child becomes prophet and the truth of the day is known...
"A pork chop is reasonable. I would kill my momma for a pork chop. But a bag of ice!"