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Civic Minds in The Seattle Times

Program Content for January 30, 2015

Date:  Friday, January 30, 2015

E-Edition Date:  Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Article Title:  Droning highlights White House woes

Section:  Main, A1

 

Vocabulary Review:

 

“It was not until the next morning, when he woke to his friends telling him that his drone was all over the news, that he contacted his employer, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and then called the Secret Service to confess.”

 

Please look up the definition of confess and use in a sentence, using your own words.

 

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Comprehension Questions

 

 

1.      It was 42 degrees, lightly raining and pitch black near the White House when an off-duty employee for a government intelligence agency decided it was a good time to do what?

  

 

2.      But officials say the plan was foiled, perhaps by the wind or a tree, when what happened?

 

3.      He texted his friends, worried that the drone had gone down in what spot?

 

4.      It was not until the next morning, when he woke to his friends telling him that his drone was all over the news, that he contacted his employer, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and then called the Secret Service to do what?

 

5.      In the process of what officials describe as nothing more than a misadventure with a drone, the employee managed to highlight what?

 

6.      How large is this drone?

 

7.      How did it evade the White House?

 

8.      What has been the subject of intensive inquiry by the Secret Service’s air branch for several years?

 

9.      A classified study of how to bring down small drones has led the agency to try to develop new ways to do what?

 

10.    The crash was the latest security breach showing the difficulties the Secret Service has had protecting the White House in recent years.  What other things have happened?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class Discussion Questions and Essay Prompts:

 

·        Do you know anyone that has a drone?  What do they use it for?

·        Should this man that works in the government be punished?  If so, how?

·        What are the important uses of drones in the farming and wildlife programs?

 

Essay: 

 

How do you feel about the growing popularity of drones?  Do you feel they can violate people’s privacy or be dangerous in the hands of the wrong person?  Should there be government and FAA limits to drone activity?  Why or why not?

 

Newspaper-related CBA activity:  U.S. Policy

 

 

How the United States government interacts with the world affects people across the globe.  Analyze and evaluate the causes and effects of US foreign policy on people in the United States and across the world.

 

·        Using The Seattle Times e-edition, find an article from this week that deals with world politics or foreign policy. 

·        What are the main points of view from someone living in that particular country?  How is that “view” similar and different than your own opinion, regarding the specific issue the article is discussing?

·        Why is it important to study and learn about foreign policy?  How does it help you understand the world we live in, using current issues and events?

 

 

Civic Minds in The Seattle Times is posted to the Web on Friday. Please share the NIE program with other teachers. To sign-up for the electronic edition of the newspaper please call 206/652-6290 or toll-free 1-888/775-2655.

Copyright © 2015 The Seattle Times Company

 

Program Content for January 23, 2015

Date:  Friday, January 23, 2015

E-Edition Date:  Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Article Title:  Experts zero in on pizza as packing pounds on kids

Section:  Main, A2

 

Vocabulary Review:

 

“The results revealed that younger kids eat 83 calories’ worth of pizza a day and teens eat 143 calories of the dish each day, on average. Those amounts were high enough to account for 5 percent and 7 percent of total daily calories, respectively.”

 

Please look up the definition of calories and use in a sentence, using your own words.

 

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Comprehension Questions

 

1.      On days when children eat pizza, they consume an average of ______ additional calories, three additional grams of fat and 134 additional milligrams of salt compared with their regular diet.

 

2.      For teens, putting pizza on the day’s menu adds ______ calories, five grams of fat and 484 milligrams of salt.

 

3.      The analysis, published online Monday by the journal Pediatrics, examines what?

 

4.      On any given day, ______ percent of kids between the ages of 6 and 19 eat pizza.

 

5.      The only foods more popular with kids are “grain desserts.”  What are they?

 

6.      On days when pizza is eaten, it composes ____ percent of children’s calories and _____ percent of teens’ calories, the researchers found.

 

7.      Those figures reflect pizza consumption in 2009 and 2010. Though high, they were even worse in 2003 and 2004. Compared with the earlier period, the more recent figures were _____ percent lower for younger children and ______ percent lower for teens, according to the study.

 

8.      The decline in pizza consumption was seen mainly in what group? 

 

9.      What was the findings on pizza consumption among different socioeconomic levels?

 

10.   Kids also ate a small amount of pizza for breakfast or as snacks. The snack pizza was particularly troubling to the researchers.  Why?

 

Class Discussion Questions and Essay Prompts:

 

Are parents responsible for having healthy food choices in the home? 

 

Can you buy healthy foods on a lower budget?  Why or why not? 

 

Is 1 slice of pizza, a water and a small salad what people are eating or are kids and teens consuming more than that?  How many slices of pizza do you and your friends generally consume at one sitting?  Do you have breadsticks, dip, sodas with it, too?

 

Schools are cutting down on PE classes & recess, thus reducing physical activity.  Is this also a factor?  What are other reasons causing obesity among all ages?

Powell and her colleagues stopped short of declaring a war on pizza, but they said its effect on kids’ diet was similar to that of sugary drinks. Pizza “should become a target for counseling for the prevention and treatment of obesity in pediatric practice,” they wrote.

 

·        Should a war be declared on pizza?  Why or why not? 

 

  

Essay: 

 

Is pizza the problem or a lack of self-control and inactivity?

 

 

Newspaper-related CBA activity:  U.S. Policy

 

 

How the United States government interacts with the world affects people across the globe.  Analyze and evaluate the causes and effects of US foreign policy on people in the United States and across the world.

 

·        Using The Seattle Times e-edition, find an article from this week that deals with world politics or foreign policy. 

·        What are the main points of view from someone living in that particular country?  How is that “view” similar and different than your own opinion, regarding the specific issue the article is discussing?

·        Why is it important to study and learn about foreign policy?  How does it help you understand the world we live in, using current issues and events?

   

 

 Civic Minds in The Seattle Times is posted to the Web on Friday. Please share the NIE program with other teachers. To sign-up for the electronic edition of the newspaper please call 206/652-6290 or toll-free 1-888/775-2655.

Copyright © 2015 The Seattle Times Company

 

 


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