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Civic Minds in The Seattle Times

Program Content for March 27, 2015

Date:  Friday, March 27, 2015

E-Edition Date:  Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Article Title:  Signed into law: Utah only state with firing squad

Section:  Main, A4

 

Vocabulary Review: Barbaric

 

Randy Gardner said he doesn’t condone his brother’s actions but believes the firing squad is barbaric.

 

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

 

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Comprehension Questions

 

 

1.      Which state allows firing squads for executions?

 

2.      Gov. Gary Herbert signed a law approving the controversial method’s use when no lethal-injection drugs are available.

 

3.      Herbert has said he finds the firing squad “a little bit gruesome,” but Utah is a capital-punishment state and needs a backup execution method in case what happens?

 

4.      The measure’s approval is the latest illustration of some states’ frustration over what?

 

5.      Utah is one of several states seeking new forms of capital punishment after what occurred?

 

6.      States have struggled to keep up their drug inventories.  Why?  

 

7.      The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Paul Ray, of Clearfield, argued what? 

 

8.      Utah is the only state in the past 40 years to carry out such a death sentence, with ____ executions by firing squad since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

 

Class Discussion Questions and Essay Prompts:

 

·        Are you for or against the death penalty/capital punishment?  Why or why not?

·        Does it make a difference “how” it’s done in your mind? (Lethal injection, lethal gas, firing squad, gallows/hanging, electrocution, etc…)  Why or why not?

·        Do you believe these punishments to be barbaric?  Why or why not?

·        What are other options for criminals that have committed terrible crimes?

 

“We regret anyone ever commits the heinous crime of aggravated murder to merit the death penalty, and we prefer to use our primary method of lethal injection when such a sentence is issued,” Herbert spokesman Marty Carpenter said. “However, when a jury makes the decision and a judge signs a death warrant, enforcing that lawful decision is the obligation of the executive branch.”

 

·        How do you feel about Carpenter’s statement?  Do you agree or disagree?  Why?

 

 

Opponents of the measure say firing squads are barbaric, with the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah saying the bill makes the state “look backward and backwoods.”

 

·        Do you agree with opponents?  Why or why not?

  

 

Essay:

 

Do you think the death penalty is ethical and moral?  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 March 20, 2015

Date:  Friday, March 20, 2015

E-Edition Date:  Monday, March 16, 2015

Article Title:  CITIZEN STARBUCKS

Section:  Main, A1

 

Vocabulary Review: Heft

 

As one of the largest and most profitable employers in the world of food retail, says Schultz, Starbucks has the heft to make its views carry influence.

 

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

 

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Comprehension Questions

 

 

1.     When Starbucks hosted the cream of Wall Street analysts and investors at the coffee giant’s Sodo headquarters in December, the company did not kick off the gathering by highlighting its growing profits or its strategy for global conquest.  What did it begin with?  Why did Schultz say they played it for their investors?

 

2.     Such displays of social and political concerns are becoming increasingly common at Starbucks.  Who is driving this shift?

 

3.        While many companies talk extensively about issues that directly affect them — some energy companies, for example, like to dwell on the environment and global warming — Starbucks stands out.  Why?   

 

4.     In recent years, the company has come out in favor of what political issues?

 

5.     Devoting considerable CEO time and company re› sources to societal issues that have no direct bearing on earnings goes against what?

 

6.     Starbucks often draws fire for not meeting various critics’ standards.  What are some of the issues?  What did Shultz do?  

 

7.     Describe Starbucks partnership with Arizona State University?

 

8.     Perhaps no issue has been embraced more tightly by Starbucks in the past two years than what initiative?  What did he do?

 

Class Discussion Questions and Essay Prompts:

 

 

“The size and the scale of the company and the platform that we have allows us, I think, to project a voice into the debate, and hopefully that’s for good,” Schultz said in an interview.  “We are leading (Starbucks) to try to redefine the role and responsibility of a public company,” he said.

 

·         Why aren’t more large American companies taking on this role of public responsibility?

 

 

 “I don’t know where this will go,” Schultz said during the employee forum on race relations in Seattle. “But I don’t feel, candidly, that just staying quiet as a company and staying quiet in this building is who we are and who I want us to be.”

 

·         Would you want to work for a company that believes in making a difference?  Is it important?  Why or why not?

 

It also prompts questions about whether Schultz’s ambitions go beyond the corporate sphere. In early February, Schultz was on the cover of Time magazine, which asked whether he intends to run for office. “I don’t think that is a solution,” Schultz told Time.  

 

·         Do you think Shultz will run for office?  Why or why not?

  

 

Essay:

 

Schultz says its size and enormous visibility make it a particularly noticeable player in what experts say is a growing trend. Some even say it may influence others to follow and give American capitalism a new flavor.

 

“The divide between profitability and doing the right thing is collapsing ... I also think there’s a seismic shift in what an employee wants from a company today.”  

 

Do you think political and social awareness and activism among large companies will give American capitalism new flavor?  How? 

 

Do you believe the divide between profitability and ethics are collapsing?  How? 

 

What do employees want from a company?  What do you want from a company you work for?  What do your parents want from a company they work for?  Are they the same or different?

 

 

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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