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NEWS BREAK

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Program Content for July 28, 2014

Sunday's News Break selects an article from Sunday, July 27th 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.

Abalone: A Prize But Perilous Catch (By John Branch, page A9) 

Pre-Reading and Vocabulary  

  1. Look at the title of this article. Have you ever heard of abalone before? Look at the picture of the abalone that accompanies the article. Why do you think the abalone is a prized catch? How might catching abalone be dangerous (perilous)?

 

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

 

A.    allure

B.    black-market

C.    buoyancy

D.    constricting

E.    delicacy

F.    desolate

G.    diameter

H.    gastropod

I.      hiatus

J.     iconic

K.    litany

L.     mollusk

M.   offset

N.    poached

O.    riptides

 

 

1.     any one of a large group of animals (such as snails and clams) that have a soft body without a backbone and that usually live in a shell

2.     to draw or press in; cause to contract or shrink; compress.

3.     a straight line from one side of something (such as a circle) to the other side that passes through the center point

4.     to be attractive or tempting

5.     a strong usually narrow current of water that flows away from a shore

6.     any mollusk of the class Gastropoda, typically having a flattened muscular foot for locomotion and a head that bears stalked eyes. The class includes the snails, whelks, limpets, and slugs

7.     a food that people like to eat because it is special or rare

8.     to cancel or reduce the effect of (something):to create an equal balance between two things

9.     a long list of complaints, problems, etc.

10.  lacking the people, plants, animals, etc., that make people feel welcome in a place

11.  the illicit buying and selling of goods in violation of legal price controls, rationing, etc; the place where such buying takes place

12.  a widely known symbol

13.  to hunt or fish illegally; to catch or kill an animal illegally

14.  the power of supporting a body so that it floats; upward pressure exerted by the fluid in which a body is immersed.

15.  a period of time when something (such as an activity or program) is stopped

 

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where is the prized red abalone found? (Multiple Choice)

a)     California

b)     West Coast of North America

c)     All around the globe

d)     both a) and b)

e)     all of the above

  1. What color is the red abalone’s shell on the inside?

a)     Brick red

b)     Pearly silver

  1. Hunting for wild red abalone in California is only permitted for sport – true or false?
  2. What is it illegal to use when diving for abalone?
  3. Name one danger, mentioned in the article, that a diver may face when hunting for abalone.
  4. Approximately how many divers die annually while diving for red abalone?
  5. The diving season for abalone is April through November with a _______ in July. (Fill in the blank)
  6. In order for an abalone to be legally taken it must be at least how many inches in diameter?
  7. According to the article, poached red abalone can fetch $________ or more on the black- market. (Fill in the blank)
  8. According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife about 250,000 red abalones are legally captured for sport annually. How many do they estimate are taken illegally each year?

 

Additional Activities  

1.     The article mentions that the red abalone is not endangered but that it is scarce. Research to find out if any other species of abalone are endangered or extinct.

2.     Find out more about abalone and the eight species that can be found off the West Coast of North America. What are their names and how are they identified? Try and find pictures of each during your research. Below is a link to the NOAA website to help get you started.

http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/protected_species/abalone/abalone.html

 

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 27, 2014 e-Edition of The Seattle Times to find answers to the following questions.

 

1.      Overall, what percent contained is the Carlton complex fire? How many square miles have been burned so far, making it the largest fire in state history? (NW Sunday)

2.      Who did the Seattle Mariners end a four-game losing streak to Saturday? (Sports)

3.      What did the U.S. State Department close in response to escalating violence in the Libyan capital, Tripoli? (Main)

4.      What type of dog is Uggie, the canine star of the Oscar-winning 2011 silent film “The Artist”? (NW Arts & Life)

5.      For those waiting until age 70 to take their Social Security benefits, what percent yearly rate of increase in payments does Social Security offer? (Business)

6.      What automaker is offering educators a discount on buying a new car through January 2, 2015 with their Educator Discount program? (NWAutos)

7.      “Upward Bound” was founded as an experimental program in 1964 as part of what president’s War on Poverty? What was the goal of the program? (Main)

8.      The Hoh River is born in the glaciers of what 7,980-foot mountain in the Olympic National Park?  (NW Traveler)

9.      Why did Kirkland designer Aiko Tanaka choose the name “Thezakka” for her company? (Sunday Market)

10.   The grandson of what former U.S. president is the Democratic nominee for governor in Georgia? (Main)

11.   According to a survey conducted by Premiere Global Services Inc., what percent of survey respondents said they work more than 40 hours a week? (NW Jobs)

12.   In what year was Olympic National Park established? How many visitors has the park had since its establishment? (NW Traveler)

13.   How much precipitation has there been so far (at Sea-Tac airport) for the month of July to date? (NW Sunday)

14.   Dragon boating is an ancient tradition that originated in what country? (Pacific NW)

15.  Where and when does the start of fall salmon fishing begin in Washington state? (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 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

 

 

 

 


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