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NEWS BREAK

 NEWS BREAK

Program Content for July 27, 2015 

Scavenger Hunt  

Sunday’s News Break challenges you to hunt through the Sunday, July 26, 2015 e-Edition of The Seattle Times to find answers to the following questions. 

1.   How many degrees higher than the 10-year average for this time period were temperatures at Bonneville Dam last week? (NW Sunday)

2.   What was former Mariner Randy Johnson’s nicknamed? (Sports)

3.   Why is carmaker Fiat Chrysler recalling about 843,000 pickups? (Main)

4.   In 2005, then President George W. Bush appointed a National Commission on Children and Disasters to address the need for mental health and emergency medical services for children. Of the commission’s 81 recommendations how many have been fully met? (NW Arts & Life)

5.   Which release of Windows was pitched as Microsoft’s first software designed for heavy-duty business applications? (Business)

6.   Volvo has bought Polestar. What will the Polestar name now be used for? (NWAutos)

7.   Approximately how many kids ages 10 and younger are currently waiting for heart transplants in the U.S.? (Main)

8.   How many photos does a new exhibit “Washington State Parks through the Lens of Asahel Curtis” contain of the famous Pacific Northwest photographer? (NW Traveler)

9.   What less-expensive, eco-friendly diamond alternative do some of Seattle jewelry designer LilyEmme’s designs feature? (Shop NW)

10.  President Obama is the first U.S. president to visit what country recently? (Main)

11.  What percentage of people said in a Robert Half Survey that they would rather clean the house than ask for a raise? (NW Jobs)

12.  About how many miles from Seattle is Coeur d’Alene, Idaho? (NW Traveler)

13.  What criteria did teens convicted of crimes need to meet in order to be eligible to attend Camp Outlook? (NW Sunday)

14.  In lawn bowling what do you roll your bowls in the direction of? (Pacific NW)

15.  Where did third-stringer R.J. Archer spend the last four years playing football? (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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Sunday's News Break selects an article from Sunday, July 26 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.

Disabilities Act proves life-changer for millions (Main News, page A1, A8).

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

 

A.    accessible

B.    accommodations

C.    activist

D.    affirmative action

E.    asserting

F.    compliance

G.    designated

H.    deterrent

I.      disability

J.     discrimination

K.    engagement

L.     exclusion

M.   litigation

N.    lucrative

O.    opposition

P.    overzealous

Q.    staunch

 

 

1.     the act or state of being involved with something; involvement

2.     a person who uses or supports strong actions (such as public protests) to help make changes in politics or society

3.     very devoted or loyal to a person, belief, or cause

4.     to officially give (someone or something) a particular role or purpose

5.     producing money or wealth; profitable

6.     a condition (such as an illness or an injury) that damages or limits a person's physical or mental abilities

7.     to prevent (someone) from doing something or being a part of a group

8.     able to be used or obtained

9.     too eager or enthusiastic

10.  to state (something) in a strong and definite way

11.  something that makes someone decide not to do something

12.  actions or opinions that show that you disagree with or disapprove of someone or something

13.  something done to provide what is needed or wanted for someone or something

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

15.  the act or process of doing what you have been asked or ordered to do; in the way that is required by (a rule, law, etc.)

16.  to make (something) the subject of a lawsuit : to cause (a case, an issue, etc.) to be decided and settled in a court of law

17.  the practice of improving the educational and job opportunities of members of groups that have not been treated fairly in the past because of their race, sex, etc.

 

Comprehension

  1. What happened to Fred Maahs off the Delaware coast in 1980, five days before he was to start college?
  2. Why after months of medical care did Fred Maahs have to find a new college to attend?
  3. One of Fred Maahs’ first jobs was on the second floor of a building with no elevator, how did Maahs get to the second floor in order to work?
  4. What year was the American Disabilities Act (ADA) signed into law?
  5. Which U.S. president signed the ADA into law declaring “Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down.”?
  6. The act is intended to protect people with disabilities from ___________. (Fill in the blank)
  7. The ADA’s protections, which now cover an estimated 55 million Americans, extend to five key areas. Name two of the five areas mentioned in the article it extends protections to.
  8. Former Senator Robert Dole recalled the staunch opposition to the ADA among some of his fellow Republicans. What did he say most of the opposition was concerned with regarding the bill?
  9. Less than 20 percent of people with a disability were employed in 2014 – true or false?
  10. Although there have been many successful lawsuits by disable people saying they were fired or demoted unfairly, it’s been far harder for disabled people to win lawsuits asserting what?
  11. Chai Feldblum, a disability-rights lawyer said the ADA is “necessary but not sufficient “in regard to reducing unemployment. She believes progress will be made under the Rehabilitation Act, which applies ________ ________ targets to federal contractors so they will strive to have people with disabilities fill at least 7 percent of their jobs. (Fill in the blanks)

 

Additional Activities  

1.     Take a look at your school, community center, neighborhood park or other location/building and see how many accommodations you can find for people with disabilities. Make a list of the accommodations you found and what they do to make the life of a person with a disability easier. What other accommodations would you make/add to make that location/building even more accessible for someone with a disability and why?

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 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 July 20, 2015  

Scavenger Hunt  

Sunday’s News Break challenges you to hunt through the Sunday, July 19, 2015 e-Edition of The Seattle Times to find answers to the following questions. 

1.   Last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that middle and high schools start class no earlier than  what time? (NW Sunday)

2.   Why will the British Open end on Monday for the first time in 27 years? (Sports)

3.   What is the name of the memoir that resulted from President Obama’s first trip to Kenya in 1987? (Main)

4.   What is the main protein in cow’s milk? (NW Arts & Life)

5.   How much is passenger traffic at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport up by so far in 2015? (Business)

6.   According to the Gas gauge chart which was higher, the average price of gas in the U.S. last year or the average price in Seattle last year? (NWAutos)

7.   What is the New Horizons spacecraft powered by? (Main)

8.   What is “defenestration”? (NW Traveler)

9.    What does the “Tough Bird Feeder Guard” emit to keep any squirrel, chipmunk or raccoon that tries to climb past I to get to the feeder? (Shop NW)

10.  As part of fire-prevention, why should propane tanks be removed from within 30 feet of a home? (Main)

11.  The “millennial” generation applies to the 82 million people born between what years? (NW Jobs)

12.  How high above North Vancouver’s Lynn Creek is the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge? (NW Traveler)

13.  For five years the city of Portland has given a $10,000 incentive towards what? (NW Sunday)

14.  Mosaic artist Clare Dohna is commissioned to create a public-art display for the new MarketFront project. What colorful animal will she create from tiles that will be inscribed with donor names? (Pacific NW)

15.  How many sockeye salmon does the preseason forecast call for to return to the mouth of the Columbia River this season? (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, July 19 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.

Texas accused of denying birth certificates (Main News, page A9).

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.    alleging

B.    barriers

C.    citizenship

D.    compliance

E.    consular (consul)

F.    deportation

G.    directive

H.    entitled

I.      immigrant

J.     influx

K.    integral

L.     registrar

M.   reluctant

N.    unconstitutional

O.    undocumented

P.    vigor

 

 

1.     to force (a person who is not a citizen) to leave a country

2.     a person who comes to a country to live there

3.     not having the official documents that are needed to enter, live in, or work in a country legally

4.     a law, rule, problem, etc., that makes something difficult or impossible

5.     someone who is in charge of keeping records especially of births, marriages, and deaths

6.     an official order or instruction

7.     the arrival of a large number of people

8.     strength, energy, or determination

9.     the act or process of doing what you have been asked or ordered to do

10.  not allowed by the constitution of a country or government

11.  to state without definite proof that someone has done something wrong or illegal

12.  very important and necessary

13.  to give a right to (someone)

14.  the fact or status of being a citizen of a particular place

15.  feeling or showing doubt about doing something : not willing or eager to do something

16.  a government official whose job is to live in a foreign country and protect and help the citizens of his or her own country who are traveling, living, or doing business there

Comprehension

  1. When Hiram Ramirez, a native of Mexico crossed the border did she cross legally or illegally?
  2. Where were Hiram’s two older daughters born?
  3. Why was Hiram unable to obtain a birth certificate for her newborn daughter who was born in Texas?
  4. Children born in the United States are entitled by law to U.S. citizenship regardless of the _________ status of their parents. (Fill in the blank)
  5. Which amendment to the Constitution guarantees the right to citizenship for children born on U.S. soil? (Multiple Choice)

a)     12th Amendment

b)    14th Amendment

c)     16th Amendment

d)    None of the above

  1. According to the article, hundreds of immigrant parents have been denied birth certificates for U.S. born children since 2013. The denials stepped up significantly after what happened in 2012?
  2. Registrars in the state of Texas can no longer accept the identification cards known as matriculas, issued to foreign nations by their local consulates – true or false?
  3. In McAllen, Texas, City Secretary Annette Villarreal said she was simply enforcing a state _______. (Fill in the blank)
  4. Lawmakers in what other state mentioned in the article, have failed in recent years to pass several proposals that would have denied or restricted birth certificates to children born to immigrants who entered the country illegally?

 

Additional Activities  

1.     The lawsuit that was filed in May names 19 parents and 23 children who were denied birth certificates in the Rio Grande Valley, alleging the refusals are an unconstitutional, discriminatory political tactic. Do you agree, why or why not? Give reasons to support our answer.

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 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 July 13, 2015  

Scavenger Hunt  

Sunday’s News Break challenges you to hunt through the Sunday, July 12, 2015 e-Edition of The Seattle Times to find answers to the following questions. 

1.   The tunnel-boring machine Bertha overheated and broke down in December 2013 after digging how many feet? (NW Sunday)

2.   Whom did Mariner’s batting coach Edgar Martinez say he patterns his teaching methods on? (Sports)

3.   Since 2010, more than 40 women in Benton, Franklin and Yakima counties in Washington have lost babies to what rare disorder? (Main)

4.   What is the title of Harper Lee’s sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird” and when will it be available at booksellers? (NW Arts & Life)

5.   Tokyo is one of only four cities among the 71 most-populous urban centers ranked by the United Nations poised to do what between 2014 and 2030? (Business)

6.   In what year did Cadillac launch the first automatic climate-control system for cars? (NWAutos)

7.   Washington state is now home to almost how many wolves living in 16 separate packs? (Main)

8.   Both the Miao and the Dong ethnic groups in China are known for what? (NW Traveler)

9.    “No Boundaries Journals” are made by hand in a Ballard workshop using a cross-stitch bookbinding process that originated in what country? (Shop NW)

10.  What is the name of the typhoon that pounded the Chinese coast and forced the evacuation of 1.1 million people? How many inches of rain did the typhoon dump in less than a 24-hour period? (Main)

11.  A workforce development campaign in what state is selling that state as a better place to live than Mars? (NW Jobs)

12.  What is the name of what the Guinness World Record officially recognizes as the world’s smallest park and where is it located? When did it officially become a city park? (NW Traveler)

13.  A federal judge has ruled that the coastal Quinault and Quileute tribes possess fishing rights that extend how many miles into the Pacific Ocean? (NW Sunday)

14.  The Washington Poison Center reports that what is seventh on the list of top 10 exposures to poisons in children under age 6? (Pacific NW)

15.  When was the last time Lake Washington was open for sport sockeye fishing? (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, July 12 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.

Not all college debt is bad, study says (NW Sunday, page B2).

Pre-Reading and Vocabulary  

  1. Read the title of this article. What is debt? How can debt be bad? How do you think debt could be good?
  2. Vocabulary:  Match the words to the numbered definitions below.

 

A.    analysis

B.    attainment

C.    credentials

D.    debt

E.    default

F.    dropout

G.    emerges

H.    fueled

I.      inherently

J.     relationship

  

1.     a quality, skill, or experience that makes a person suited to do a job

2.     belonging to the basic nature of someone or something

3.     to fail to make the payments you must make on a loan, mortgage, etc.

4.     to become known or apparent

5.     a careful study of something to learn about its parts, what they do, and how they are related to each other

6.     an amount of money that you owe to a person, bank, company, etc.

7.     the way in which two or more people or things are connected

8.     something that has been gotten, done, or achieved through effort

9.     to give support or strength to (something)

10.  a person who stops going to a school, college, etc., before finishing : a person who drops out of school  

 

Comprehension

  1. According to the new study by the Center for American Progress (CAP) the center’s analysis shows that Washington residents appear to be getting their money’s worth when they take out student loans because they are more likely to do what?
  2. In its study CAP measured the relationship between ________ and college completion in each state. (Fill in the blank)
  3. Sixty percent of all people who default on their student loans are what?
  4. In 2013 the national average for the amount of student loans a bachelor’s degree graduate had was ___________. (Multiple Choice)

a)     $10,000

b)    $21,917

c)     $28,400

d)    None of the above

  1. In Washington state almost 40 percent of the adult population has what?
  2. CAP said the major issue is whether students who borrowed money actually completed a degree – true or false?
  3. In Washington, the average debt per adult graduate with at least an associate degree is ________. (Multiple Choice)

a)     $10,000

b)    $11,770

c)     $21,917

  1. How did Washington state rank among the all 50 states when CAP measured the relationship between debt and college completion in each state?

 

Additional Activities  

1.     After reading this article have your students discuss the following questions: Do you think student loan debt is inherently bad? What ways can you think of to reduce the amount of student loans/money you will need for college? Brainstorm a list of ways to make college more attainable.

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 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

  

 


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