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Program Content for April 1, 2015

Wednesday's News Break selects an article from Tuesday, March 31, 2015 of The Seattle Times e-Edition for an in-depth reading of the news. Read the selected story and answer the attached study questions. 

Massive 2010 oil spill still harming Gulf of Mexico sea life, report finds? (Main, page A4

Pre-Reading and Vocabulary

1.      What effects do you think a massive oil spill might have on sea life? Look on a map or a globe and locate the Gulf of Mexico. How large of an area is it? What states and/or countries are near the Gulf of Mexico?

2.       Vocabulary:  Match the words to the numbered definitions below.           

 

A.     abnormally

B.     advocacy

C.     concentrated

D.     current

E.     declining

F.     dispersant

G.    impact

H.     implications

I.       microbes

J.      migrate

K.     rig (oil rig)

L.      slick

M.    spawning waters

N.     spewed

O.    submerged

  

1.      a place where animals (such as fish or frogs) go to lay eggs

2.      a continuous movement of water or air in the same direction

3.      extremely small living things that can only be seen with a microscope

4.      to flow out of something in a fast and forceful way

5.      different from what is normal or average : unusual especially in a way that causes problems

6.      to move from one area to another at different times of the year

7.      a liquid or gas used to disperse (move apart) small particles or droplets, as in an aerosol

8.      a thin layer of liquid that makes a surface very slippery

9.      existing or happening together in one place : not spread out

10.   a possible future effect or result

11.   to make (someone or something) go under the surface of water or some other liquid

12.   the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal

13.   a powerful or major influence or effect

14.   to become lower in amount or less in number

15.   a structure above an oil well on land or in the sea that has special equipment attached to it for drilling and removing oil from the ground  

 

 

Comprehension

  1. How many years ago was the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill?
  2. What caused the Deepwater Horizon oil spill?
  3. Where is the impact of the spill concentrated?

a)     eastern Gulf of Mexico

b)     northern Gulf of Mexico

c)     southern Gulf of Mexico

4.      What did scientists say the long-term damage affects, for many fish that migrate to South Florida along the East Coast?

  1. The Nova Southeastern University (NSU) three-year study will help determine the impact of _______ oil and of chemical ______ used to break of the giant slick. (Fill in the blanks)
  2. The results of the study have implications for the Atlantic side of Florida because _________ bring fish and pollutants through the Florida Straits and north along the coast.  (Fill in the blank)
  3. What advocacy group is pushing for more research on the spill’s lasting effects in the Gulf?
  4. Since the spill about how many bottlenose dolphins have been found dead in an area stretching from the Florida Panhandle to Texas?
  5. Name one the species of fish mentioned in the article that the exposure to oil from the spill has caused abnormal development in.
  6. How have endangered sea-turtles in the Gulf been affected by the spill?

 

Additional Activities

1.      Have students discuss the following question and research to find the answer: Does more oil end up in our oceans from accidental oil spills like the Deepwater Horizon spill or from non-accidental sources like oil runoff from cars?

 

2.      Students can use the following site to learn more about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/04/28/us/20100428-spill-map.html Have students play/ view the map that tracks the oil spill in the Gulf. There are additional tabs that students can click on to see “Efforts to stop the leak” and “Effects on Wildlife”.

 

Additional Gulf spill websites: http://ocean.si.edu/gulf-oil-spill and http://www.restorethegulf.gov/

 

 

 

 

 

News Break is posted to the Web on Monday and Wednesday. Please share the NIE News Break 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 30, 2015

Scavenger Hunt  

Sunday’s News Break challenges you to hunt through the Sunday, March 29, 2015 e-Edition of The Seattle Times to find answers to the following questions.

 

1.      Why was the color blue chosen for the new First Hill street car in Seattle? (NW Sunday)

2.      What organization did Russell Wilson play two seasons of minor-league baseball with before being drafted by the Seahawks in 2012? (Sports)

3.      In recent months, how many malnourished pups and yearling sea lions have washed up on the beaches in California, spurring major efforts to rescue them? (Main)

4.      When and where is the book “The Buried Giant” by Kazuo Ishiguro set? (NW Arts & Life)

5.      How many companies did the Dow Jones Industrials Index feature when it was created in 1896? (Business)

6.      Goodyear added two new technologies into tires it recently introduced. What possibility does the BHO3 tire offer? (NWAutos)

7.      What was designed and then burnt in Londonderry, Northern Ireland in the hopes of bringing the Protestant and Catholic communities together? (Main)

8.      How many visitors did Cuba welcome last year?  (NW Traveler)

9.      How are “Kraft Bowls”, offered on Ecostasy.com, made? (Sunday Market)

10.   Aviation agencies in Europe and the United States once banned all pilots from flying if they disclosed what to their employers? (Main)

11.   How much was the average Wall Street bonus in 2014? (NW Jobs)

12.   Which of the main Hawaiian Islands is the least touristed and the least developed? (NW Traveler)

13.   If you were guiding draft horses, what would the verbal direction be to tell the team of horses to go right? (NW Sunday)

14.   What properties does the wasabi plant have that makes it an ideal companion for raw fish or shellfish? (Pacific NW)

15.  Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski has made and Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA Tournament 14 times. How many times has he won? (Sports)

   

News Break is posted to the Web on Monday and Wednesday. Please share the NIE News Break 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

Sunday's News Break selects an article from Sunday, March 29, 2015 of The Seattle Times e-Edition for an in-depth reading of the news. Read the selected article and answer the attached study questions. Please remember to always preview the content of the article before sharing with your students.

Indiana gay-bias concerns halt Angie’s List expansion (Main News, page A4).

Pre-Reading and Vocabulary  

  1. Before you read this article, make a prediction about what you think this story will be about. Write down any keywords from the title, which you used to make your predictions.
  2. Look at the picture accompanying the article. What do you think is happening in the picture?

 

  1. Vocabulary:  Match the words to the numbered definitions below.

 

A.    counter

B.    criticized

C.    discrimination

D.    expansion

E.    fallout

F.    grounds

G.    implications

H.    legislation

I.      measure

J.     objectionable

K.    rally

L.     sanction

M.   stem

N.    suspending

O.    uproar

 

 

1.     the practice of unfairly treating a person or group of people differently from other people or groups of people

2.     causing people to be offended

3.     a reason for doing or thinking something

4.     a situation in which many people are upset, angry, or disturbed by something

5.     an action planned or taken to achieve a desired result

6.     official permission or approval

7.     to do something in defense or in response to something

8.     to stop the progress or spread of (something)

9.     a bad effect or result of something

10.  a possible future effect or result

11.  to stop (something) for a usually short period of time

12.  to express disapproval of (someone or something) : to talk about the problems or faults of (someone or something)

13.  a public meeting to support or oppose someone or something

14.  the act of becoming bigger or of making something bigger

15.  a law or set of laws made by a government

 

Comprehension

  1. Opponents of the new Indiana law say that it could sanction what?
  2. Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the bill into law on Thursday and it has been widely criticized by businesses and organizations around the nation. How was it criticized on social media (what was used)?
  3. When does the measure take effect?

a)     March

b)    May

c)     July

  1. What did consumer-review service Angie’s List say it was going to suspend on Saturday because of the new law in Indiana?
  2. The laws supporters say that discrimination claims are overblown and insist it will keep the government from making people provide services they find objectionable on __________ grounds. (Fill in the blank)
  3. The measure prohibits state laws that “substantially burden “a person’s ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. Besides an actual person, name one thing the definition of “person” includes?
  4. When Governor Pence signed the law he said it was similar to that of neighboring states Kentucky and Illinois. However although Illinois has a law that gives special protections to religious objectors, it bans discrimination based on what?
  5. Other companies, including Apple, Yelp and Salesforce.com, have called the legislation discriminatory. What did Chief Executive Marc Benioff of Salesforce.com say his software company was doing in response to Indiana’s new law?
  6. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard opposed the law and said that he and other officials would be doing what, in order to counter the uproar the law has caused?

 

 

Additional Activities  

1.     Read details of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act at https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2015/bills/senate/568#. Then as a class discuss the following questions: Do you think this law “opens the door to discrimination” – why or why not? Many companies and other state’s governments are cancelling travel to Indiana for their employees. Do you think this is a justified reaction or an over-reaction?  Would you want to travel to a place where discriminatory laws existed even if you weren’t the one being discriminated against – why or why not?

2.     Search through the e-Edition archives for other articles about discrimination. Who is being discriminated against and how? Is anything being done to stop or rectify the discrimination? How is the article you found similar to the article you just read?

3.     Answer the following questions about the article you just read:

A.    Who or what is the article about?

B.    What happened in the article?

C.    What is the most important or interesting fact you learned from this article?

 

 

News Break is posted to the Web on Wednesday and Friday. Please share this NIE News Break program with other teachers. To sign-up for the electronic edition for your class, please register on-line or call 206/652-6290 or toll-free 1-888/775-2655. Copyright © 2015 The Seattle Times Company

 

Program Content for March 25, 2015

Wednesday's News Break selects an article from Tuesday, March 24, 2015 of The Seattle Times e-Edition for an in-depth reading of the news. Read the selected story and answer the attached study questions. 

How Real is Nicotine Addiction? (NIE Special Section, page D6

Pre-Reading and Vocabulary

1.      Before you read this article, look at the title. What is nicotine? What does it mean to have an addiction to something? What do you think some symptoms of addiction are?

 

2.       Vocabulary:  Match the words to the numbered definitions below.           

 

A.     absorbed

B.     addiction

C.     additive

D.     adolescent

E.     adrenaline

F.     agent

G.    bloodstream

H.     craves

I.       dependent

J.      evidence

K.     nicotine

L.      sensitive

M.    symptoms

N.     tolerance

O.    withdrawal

 

 

1.      the flow of blood that moves through the heart and body

2.      easily affected by something in a way that is not pleasant or good : reacting to something in, on, or around you in a bad way

3.      a young person who is developing into an adult

4.      something which shows that something else exists or is true

5.      the physical and mental problems that occur for a period of time after a person stops using an addictive drug

6.      to take in (something, such as a liquid) in a natural or gradual way

7.      a poisonous substance in tobacco that makes it difficult for people to stop smoking cigarettes

8.      a change in the body or mind which indicates that a disease is present

9.      a substance that is released in the body of a person who is feeling a strong emotion (such as excitement, fear, or anger) and that causes the heart to beat faster and gives the person more energy

10.   to have a very strong desire for (something)

11.   a strong and harmful need to regularly have something (such as a drug) or do something (such as gamble)

12.   something (such as a chemical) that is used to produce a particular effect or result

13.   your body's ability to become adjusted to something (such as a drug) so that its effects are experienced less strongly

14.   something (such as a chemical) that is added in small amounts to a substance to improve it in some way

15.   addicted to alcohol or a drug  

 

 

Comprehension

 

  1. Nicotine may harm _______ development in adolescents, delaying proper growth and production. (Fill in the blank)
  2. What is it illegal for tobacco companies to do to the tobacco in cigarettes? Give one example of how tobacco companies get around this law.

3.      When someone smokes cigarettes or uses other tobacco products, what is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream?

4.      Within how many seconds of entering the body does nicotine reach the brain?

a)     10 seconds

b)     20 seconds

c)     30 seconds

d)     60 seconds

5.      What happens when nicotine reaches the brain?

  1. According to the article, why is it believed youth are more sensitive to nicotine addiction?
  2. Nicotine is found in all tobacco products – true or false?
  3. What do tobacco companies use to make cigarettes more addictive?
  4. Just two to three hours after not having a cigarette the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal can be felt. During what time period are the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal at their worse?

a)     1  - 24 hours

b)     24 – 48 hours

c)     48 – 72 hours

  1. Give examples of two common symptoms of nicotine withdrawal mentioned in the article.

Additional Activities

1.      As a class or in small groups, discuss the reasons why someone may start smoking or using other tobacco products. Are the reasons the same for teens as they are for adults? Then have students research by reading the remainder of “The Road To Wellness” or by doing additional research online or at the library, and make a list of the short and long-term effects of tobacco on the body.

 

2.      Tobacco companies spend $23 million daily on cigarette advertisements to market and promote their products. Kids who see tobacco marketing are more likely to smoke. Design a poster to convince kids (and adults) not to smoke. What message would you use? What pictures or photos would you include on your poster to convince someone that smoking is addictive and bad for their health? Share your poster with your class.

 

 

News Break is posted to the Web on Monday and Wednesday. Please share the NIE News Break 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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