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Program Content for May 27, 2015

Wednesday's News Break selects an article from Tuesday, May 26, 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. 

Introduction to Tokyo brews long lines for artsy Calif. Coffee chain Blue Bottle (Business, page A7

Pre-Reading and Vocabulary

1.      Read the title of this article. What does the term “artsy” mean to you? Have you heard of Blue Bottle coffee? Do you think a California coffee company will be successful in Japan? Why or why not?

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


A.     artisanal

B.     fad

C.     manias

D.     foray

E.     dimly

F.     frivolous

G.    dovetails

H.     cookie-cutter

I.       contends

J.      fortifying

K.     lucrative

L.      prevalent

M.    omnipresent

N.     acquisition

O.    conceptualizing



1.      an attempt to do something; especially for the first time

2.      pertaining to or noting a person skilled in an applied art

3.      the act of getting or acquiring something: such as the act or process of gaining skill, knowledge, etc.

4.      producing money or wealth

5.      to argue or state something in a strong and definite way

6.      present in all places at all times

7.      forming an idea or picture of something in your mind

8.      extreme enthusiasm for something that is usually shared by many people.

9.      something (such as an interest or fashion) that is very popular for a short time

10.   making someone or something stronger

11.   very similar to other things of the same kind: not original or different

12.   not important; silly and not serious

13.   not bright or clear

14.   to join or fit together compactly or harmoniously

15.   widespread, in general use or acceptance



1.      How many cafes in the U.S. does Blue Bottle currently have?

2.      Blue Bottle’s first Tokyo location was chosen because it reminded the owner of __________. (Fill in the blank)

3.      All of the following are listed as examples of mania for western food culture except: (Multiple Choice)

a)     popcorn

b)     doughnuts

c)     pancakes

d)     muffins

4.      What is a kissaten?

5.      Why might Blue Bottle’s attention to detail fit well in Japan?

6.      According to the article, what accounts for Blue Bottle’s popularity?

7.      Blue Bottle is also benefitting from the image problems of ______ _______ restaurants in Japan. (Fill in the blank)

8.      Although the prevalent image of Japan might be tea, it has long had plenty of affection for coffee– true or false?

9.      How many Starbucks are currently in Japan?


Additional Activities

1.      Ask your students what they know about Japan. Do they think that a coffee shop from Oakland, California can be successful in Japan? Why or why not? How might a Japanese coffee shop incorporate both Japanese and American elements?

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

A.     Who or what is this article about?

B.     Why do you think this article is important?

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





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 May 25, 2015

Sunday's News Break selects an article from Sunday, May 24th 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.

Tree-planting project puts the ‘oak’ back in Oakland (Main News, page A2).

Pre-Reading and Vocabulary  

  1. Before you read this article, as a class discuss what you think this story will be about. Write down any keywords from the title, which you used to make your predictions. Also discuss what clues the photo accompanying the article might give you.
  2. Vocabulary:  Match the words to the numbered definitions below.


A.    affixed

B.    canopy

C.    dense

D.    disparities

E.    drought-tolerant

F.    endowment

G.    felled

H.    fledgling

I.      grove

J.     inaugural

K.    incubate

L.     infancy

M.   native

N.    sapling

O.    transplant

P.    verdant



1.     the degree to which a plant is adapted to arid or drought conditions

2.     happening as the first one in a series of similar events

3.     to cut down (a tree)

4.     produced, living, or existing naturally in a particular region

5.     the highest layer of branches in a forest or on a tree

6.     to remove (a plant) from the ground or from a pot and move it to another place

7.     a beginning : an early stage of development

8.     having parts that are close together

9.     green with growing plants

10.  the act of providing money to create or support a school, organization, etc.

11.  a small group of trees

12.  to attach (something) to something else

13.  a young tree

14.  someone or something that is getting started in a new activity

15.  a noticeable and often unfair difference between people or things

16.  to keep (something) in the proper conditions for development



  1. Why is Walter Hood, a landscape architect and professor at the University of California, Berkley, and a group of student volunteers trying to “re-oak” Oakland?
  2. What were the 72 inaugural oak saplings planted in until they can be transplanted?
  3. The new trees will incubate until they are large enough to transplant. What is the plan for the trees in the next five years once they can be transplanted?
  4. Where did the seed money of $10,000 for these first trees come from?
  5. Name one benefit mentioned in the article that the drought-tolerant oak tree helps provide when planted in the city.
  6. The oak is a fast-growing California native and requires watering only in its __________. (Fill in the blank)
  7. The people restoring the oak trees in Oakland say there is a strong link between urban trees and what?
  8. Explain what the “green-grey” divide is in Oakland.
  9. The oak trees began disappearing fast even in the 1850’s when what happened?
  10. What did the oak tree in front of Oakland’s City Hall inspire and when was it planted?
  11. Oakland, California is the largest city in the United States named after a tree – true or false?


Additional Activities  

1.     Have students discuss why trees are important and essential for life. Then have students write down the top ten things that trees do for us and our planet.   

2.     The oak tree was chosen as the United States national tree in 2004. Journal about the following questions: Why do you think the oak tree was chosen as our national tree? What do you think the oak tree represents to our country?

Read more about the oak tree being designated as our national tree at:


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



Scavenger Hunt  

Sunday’s News Break challenges you to hunt through the Sunday, May 24, 2015 e-Edition of The Seattle Times to find answers to the following questions.


1.      What is one of the leading causes of seafood poisoning in the U.S. that Washington state health officials will begin a new protocol of monitoring for this month for harvested oysters? (NW Sunday)

2.      What Seattle Storm player is a naturalized Turkish citizen and competed for Turkey in the 2012 Olympics? (Sports)

3.      Who holds the record for the number of summits on Mount Rainier and how many summits has he made? (Main)

4.      What has exercising been shown to stave off in the elderly? (NW Arts & Life)

5.      What was the single largest chunk of REI’s carbon footprint and how much did greenhouse gas emissions from this grow from 2013? (Business)

6.      What percent of all automobile crashes do cell-phone related crashes now account for according to the National Safety Council? (NWAutos)

7.      Who is attorney Steven Wise trying to free from captivity? (Main)

8.      How many miles is the city of Paris from north to south? (NW Traveler)

9.      What is a “lob”? (Sunday Market)

10.   What country became the first nation to approve same-sex marriage by a popular vote on Saturday? (Main)

11.   Globally, what percent of employers reported they were having trouble filling jobs in 2015? (NW Jobs)

12.   Where was the 1985 hit movie “Goonies” filmed? (NW Traveler)

13.   On what date will there be a full moon in June? (NW Sunday)

14.   Odissi is a classical dance from what eastern India state? (Pacific NW)

15.  How much can a mature shad fish weigh? (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.

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