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NEWS BREAK

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Program Content for July 21, 2014

Sunday's News Break selects an article from Sunday, July 20th of The Seattle Times e-Edition for an in-depth reading of the news. Read the selected article and answer the attached study questions.

In New York, archaeologists excavate a time capsule of Colonial-era history (By Chris Carola, page A11) 

Pre-Reading and Vocabulary  

  1. Look at the title of this article. What does an archaeologist study? If you are unsure, look up the word archaeologist in the dictionary to find out. What items do you think you would find in a time capsule from the Colonial-era?

 

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

 

A.    ambush

B.    amid

C.    artifact

D.    atrocities

E.    bustle

F.    encampment

G.    era

H.    excavate

I.      flash point

J.     massacre

K.    well-preserved

L.     smallpox

M.   time capsule

N.    troves

O.    waterways

 

 

  1. a very cruel or terrible act or action
  2. the violent killing of many people

3.     a source or collection of valuable things

4.     in or into the middle of (something)

5.     to uncover (something) by digging away and removing the earth that covers it

6.     a container that is filled with things (such as newspapers or clothing) from the present time and that is meant to be opened by people at some time in the future

7.     to set up and use a camp

8.     kept in good condition over a long period of time

9.     an act of hiding, waiting for others to appear, and then suddenly attacking them; a surprise attack

10.  noisy or busy activity

11.  a point, place, or situation in which sudden anger or violence could happen or happened

12.  a canal, river, etc., that is deep and wide enough for boats and ships to travel through

13.  a simple object (such as a tool or weapon) that was made by people in the past

14.  a period of time that is associated with a particular quality, event, person, etc.

15.  a serious disease that causes fever and a rash and often death

 

Comprehension Questions

  1. The site archaeologists are excavating in New York was once the site of __________. (Multiple Choice)

a)     a battleground

b)     a hospital

c)     a museum

d)     both a) and b)

e)     all of the above

  1. What is the site used as today?
  2. Besides archeologist David Starbuck who is leading the project, who else is helping with the excavation of the site?
  3. According to archeologist David Starbuck the site has not been well-preserved – true or false?
  4. According to the article, various military campaigns took place on the site, which were aimed at controlling the __________ connecting the upper Hudson River and Canada. (Fill in the blank)
  5. Name two groups mentioned in the article that used the site as an encampment during the Colonial-era.
  6. During which war was the site used as a smallpox hospital to treat returning American troops infected with the disease?

a)     French and Indian War

b)     Revolutionary War

c)     None of the above)

 

  1. More than ______ soldiers stricken with smallpox are believed to have died on the site. (Multiple Choice)

a)     200

b)     500

c)     1000

  1. Name one artifact that was uncovered during the last dig on the site in 2001 – 02 by the field school.
  2. What has this dig mostly yielded pieces of so far?

 

 

 

 

Additional Activities  

1.     Make a time capsule of 2014. Use the search function of the e-Edition – located next to the Table of Contents on the top menu bar (see image below) to search for articles to include in your time capsule to show people in the future what the year 2014 was like. Think of some important events that have happened during the year – sports, natural disasters, concerts, technology, etc. and then search through the e-Edition of The Seattle Times or seattletimes.com using key words related to the event. Find two or three articles you would include in your time capsule for people in the future to read.

2.     What events do you associate with the Colonial-era? Research to find a historical event from the Colonial-era or choose one of the events from the article you just read and journal one – two paragraphs about the event: when it took place, who was involved, etc.

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 © 2014 The Seattle Times Company

 

Scavenger Hunt  

Sunday’s News Break challenges you to hunt through the Sunday July 20, 2014 e-Edition of The Seattle Times to find answers to the following questions.

 

1.      Which Washington city, on the “Today’s Northwest forecast” map, had the highest forecasted temperature? (NW Sunday)

2.      When the Seahawks entered the 2011 season, how many new players did they have on their 53-man roster? (Sports)

3.      Last year how many migrants from Central America did Mexico deport? How many were children? (Main)

4.      What is the name of the novel by Tracy Chevalier, based on the life of Mary Anning, a 19th-century English girl who became the greatest fossil hunter of her generation? (NW Arts & Life)

5.      How much money does author William Bernstein, who wrote “If You Can: How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly”, recommend 20 – 30 somethings save each year? (Business)

6.      The 2015 Kia Soul EV and Sedona minivan will play a signature sound called “The Rise of Surprise” when what happens in the automobiles? (NWAutos)

7.      By Saturday evening (the 19th) the Carlton complex fire had expanded to how many acres? (Main)

8.      Most of the exhibits at the “September 11 Memorial and Museum” are how many feet underground?  (NW Traveler)

9.      What does Jill Watkins of JYWatkinsCreations handcraft in her Wallingford kitchen? (Sunday Market)

10.   How many tunnels have Israeli troops uncovered from Gaza into Israel as part of a ground operation to demolish the militant’s tunnels into Israel? (Main)

11.   A person can file for Social Security benefits as early as what age? (NW Jobs)

12.   What is the largest island of the San Juan archipelago? (NW Traveler)

13.   What is the group “Park My Viaduct” trying to save in Seattle? (NW Sunday)

14.   The body is designed to consume ___ to ___ teaspoons of sugar a day. (Fill in the blanks.) (Pacific NW)

15.  How many shots did Rory McIlroy win the U.S. Open by? (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 © 2014 The Seattle Times Company

 

 

 

 

Program Content for July 14, 2014

Scavenger Hunt  

Sunday’s News Break challenges you to hunt through the Sunday July 13, 2014 e-Edition of The Seattle Times to find answers to the following questions.

 

1.      How days or the 5-day Seattle-area forecast is the daytime high forecasted to be 90 degrees? (NW Sunday)

2.      Felix Hernandez signed with the Mariners at what age out of Valencia, Venezuela? (Sports)

3.      How many miles long will the proposed canal that is to be built in Nicaragua be? (Main)

4.      The story of the University of Washington’s nine-man crew, which won the gold medal in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany, is told in what book? (NW Arts & Life)

5.      U.S. apple growers export more apples to _________ than to any other country. (Fill in the blank) (Business)

6.      How many airbags will the 2015 Ford Mustang have? (NWAutos)

7.      Who has ruled Iraq since 2006 and is currently under pressure to step aside? (Main)

8.      What is the word for “bathroom” in Spanish?  (NW Traveler)

9.      “King’s Game” is the made-in-America version of what classic Swedish lawn game? (Sunday Market)

10.   As of Saturday afternoon, how many acres had burned in the Mills Canyon fire in Central Washington? How many people were working on containing the blaze? (Main)

11.   Approximately how many Americans work part-time? (NW Jobs)

12.   What Italian word means “to split”? (NW Traveler)

13.   What percent increase in primary-care visits did Providence and Swedish clinics in Western Washington report for the past year? (NW Sunday)

14.   What is made by steeping plant material such as leaves, herbs, spices, flowers, seeds, roots and fruit? (Pacific NW)

15.  What team did Brazil (Brasil) lose 3-0 to in the third-place match at the World Cup on Saturday? (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 © 2014 The Seattle Times Company

 

 

Sunday's News Break selects an article from Sunday, July 13th of The Seattle Times e-Edition for an in-depth reading of the news. Read the selected article and answer the attached study questions.

Researchers find more antioxidants in organic crops (By Kenneth Chang, page A4) 

e-Edition Tip: In addition to reading this article, you can also translate this article into another language to read – such as Spanish - by double clicking on the article with your mouse. This will bring it up into a separate box. At the top of the box you will find a menu with some icons. Click on the “Translate” icon to translate into Spanish. (See image #1 below) The article will then be brought up into a separate box with the Spanish translation of the article. If you would like to translate the article into another language, you can and choose which language to translate the article into by clicking on the “To: “drop-down box and choosing the language from the drop-down list. (See image #2 below)  

Image #1

 

 

 

Image #2

 

Pre-Reading and Vocabulary  

  1. Before you read this article, 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.

 

 

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

 

A.    antioxidant

B.    bountiful

C.    conventionally

D.    conduct

E.    counter (run counter to)

F.    played down (downplay)

G.    eliminates

H.    fertilizers

I.      ferret

J.     harvest

K.    naysayer

L.     organic

M.   ploy

N.    pesticides

O.    residues

 

 

  1. to find (something, such as information) by careful searching
  2. a clever trick or plan that is used to get someone to do something or to gain an advantage over someone
  3. giving or providing many desired things

4.     a person who says something will not work or is not possible; a person who denies, refuses, or opposes something

5.     to plan and do (something, such as an activity)

6.     a substance (such as manure or a special chemical) that is added to soil to help the growth of plants

7.     a usually small amount of something that remains after a process has been completed or a thing has been removed

8.     an enzyme or other organic substance, as vitamin E or beta carotene, that is capable of counteracting the damaging effects of oxidation in animal tissues

9.     to remove (something that is not wanted or needed); to get rid of (something)

10.  in a way that goes against or does not agree with something

11.  the amount of crops that are gathered

12.  used and accepted by most people; usual or traditional

13.  grown or made without the use of artificial chemicals

14.  to make (something) seem smaller or less important

15.  a chemical that is used to kill animals or insects that damage plants or crops

 

Comprehension Questions

  1. What did researchers who reviewed earlier studies of conventionally grown produce compared to organically grown; find that the organically grown produce had substantially higher levels of?
  2. What did the organically grown produce have lower levels of?
  3. The study also found that organically produced foods, particularly _________, contain lower levels of cadmium, a toxic metal that sometimes contaminates conventional fertilizers. (Fill in the blank – multiple choice)

a)     fruits

b)     grains

c)     vegetables

  1. For the most part, what does organic farming eliminate the use of?
  2. The findings of the study fit with the expectation that without _________, plants would produce more antioxidants. (Fill in the blanks)
  3. What do many antioxidants serve as a defense against?
  4. The authors of the study note that other studies have suggested some antioxidants have been linked to a lower risk of what?
  5. According to the article, many naysayers regard organic as a marketing ploy to do what?
  6. In the new study, an international team of scientists conducted years of laboratory and field work to compile a database – true or false?
  7. Overall, organic crops contained what percent more antioxidants that conventionally grown crops according to the study findings?

a)     7 percent

b)     17 percent

c)     27 percent

 

Additional Activities  

1.     Do you agree or disagree with some of the naysayers who believe that “organic” is just a marketing ploy to charge higher prices and why?

2.     After reading this article, do you think that it is more beneficial to eat and buy organic produce? Explain by using examples from the article to support your answer. Can you think of any other benefits that food or other items that are considered organic might have – for you, the environment, etc.?

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 © 2014 The Seattle Times Company

 

 


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