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Civic Minds in The Seattle Times

Program Content for April 17, 2015

Date:  Friday, April 17, 2015

E-Edition Date:  Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Article Title:  Americans spending more dining out than on groceries

Section:  Business, A8

 

 

Vocabulary Review:    Millennials

 

Millennials are eating out while older consumers are eating at home.”

 

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

 

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Comprehension Questions

 

 

 

 

1.      Grocery stores are finding it harder to make headway with shoppers as a surge in spending at restaurants over the past several months signals what?  

 

2.      The Commerce Department released surprising data Tuesday that dates to 1992.  What did their statistics show?

 

3.      The younger cohort has been identified as being more willing to do what?  

 

4.      The National Restaurant Association has caught on. The food-services trade association that boasts almost 500,000 members is focused on what?

 

5.      What do Millennials view dining out as?  

 

6.      What places do they tend to favor?

 

7.      At the same time, older Americans have been expressing less of a willingness to spend on what?  Where are they funneling their money?

 

8.      The share of ___- to ___-year-olds who said they are spending more on groceries compared with a year earlier outstripped those who said they are spending less by 45 percentage points, according to a Gallup survey conducted Nov. 10-20.

 

9.      The share of those baby boomers spending more on “dining out” was smaller than those who said they were purchasing less at restaurants and bars, by ____ percentage points.

 

10.   There is one caveat with the data that should ease concerns consumers will increasingly rely on restaurants for their daily meals.  What is it?  

 

 

 

Class Discussion Questions and Essay Prompts:

 

·        Approximately how many times do you eat out each week?

·        If you had a choice to cook in or eat out, which would you prefer?  Why?

·        How often do your parents eat out?  Do they buy lunches and coffee?

·        How many home cooked meals do you have with your family every week?

·        Why do you think the trend for younger, professional adults is going out to eat, rather than cooking at home?

·        Did anything surprise you about this article?  Why or why not?

 

 

 

Essay:

 

An otherwise fairly unremarkable retail sales report offered some insight into the evolution of American eating habits, hinting at a generational shift that already has restaurants thinking about how to cater to those growing ranks of millennials.

 

·        Why such a large shift now with young adults from cooking at home to eating out?  How do you think the restaurant industry will cater to the millennials?  With the health industry urging us to not eat out as frequently, will we see this shift change back to healthy, home cooked meals?  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?

  

 

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Program Content for April 10, 2015

 

Date:  Friday, April 10, 2015

E-Edition Date:  Sunday, April 5, 2015

Article Title:  Iran to let women watch sports

Section:  Main, A10

 

 

Vocabulary Review: Entrenched

 

Although challenges to entrenched policies and conservative sensibilities often encounter resistance from hard-liners, the news cheered activists working for change.

 

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

 

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Comprehension Questions

 

 

 

 

1.      TEHRAN, Iran — In a major shift, Iran said Saturday that women would be allowed to do what?

 

2.      The announcement, after criticism from international sports federations and protests by Iranian women and women’s rights activists, appeared to have been timed to coincide with what news?

 

3.      A Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports official told the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency that women and their families would be allowed to attend most athletic events, except for those of “masculine” sports.  What sports would be included?  

 

4.      Women will most likely be assigned to _____________  ______________ in the stadiums, while mixed seating will be available for families.

 

5.      The official, Abdolhamid Ahmad, the deputy sports minister, called for a new atmosphere in stadiums, which many Iranians consider what?

 

6.      The decision, if put in effect, will be a big victory for President Hassan Rouhani.  Why?  

 

7.      What is the state religion in Iran?

 

8.      What does the religion generally do with men and women?

 

 

Class Discussion Questions and Essay Prompts:

 

 

 

 

  

“Stadiums must become family-oriented, and the atmosphere there must be softened,” Ahmad said. He added that there were some sports that women were not interested in, “nor is their attendance possible, because these sports are for men.” He did not say which sports he meant.

 

·        What is your opinion of Ahmad’s statement above? 

 

 

 

 

The state religion in Iran, generally tries to separate men and women. But compared with countries such as Saudi Arabia, where the segregation of the sexes is widely enforced, Iran takes a more pragmatic approach. For instance, buses and trains have special compartments for women, but shared taxis do not.

  

 

During official and religious gatherings, men and women are allowed to mix, but at most universities, they are not. Many of these measures are not codified in laws but are results of decisions made by bodies such as the National Security Council in consultation with religious leaders.

 

·        How would your own life be different if men and women in our country were treated the same way? 

·        Why do you think this religion separates men and women?

 

  

“I am very happy,” said Najiyeh Allahdad, 38, an activist who has campaigned for women to be allowed in stadiums. “We have done all we could to get our rights back. This should have happened some time ago. It is now clear for me that this government is really trying hard to improve our lives.”

 

   Women’s rights activists protested and demanded equal treatment. An Iranian-British activist, Ghoncheh Ghavami, was arrested after trying to attend a men’s volleyball match in June. She was convicted and sentenced to a one-year jail term and a two-year travel ban. But last week, an appeals court dismissed the charges against Ghavami, who had been released on bail after five months in prison.

  

 

“I want to shout inside the stadiums again,” said Monireh Davari, 23, a volleyball fan. “It was our right to be there.”  

 

·        Think for a moment, whether you’re male or female, about segregation.  How would the women feel in this religion and society?

 

 

Essay:

 

Do you think this paves the way for future bans to be lifted from Iranian women? Do you think the Iranian government is really trying to improve their lives?  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

 


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