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NEWS BREAK

  NEWS BREAK

Program Content for December 17, 2014

Wednesday's News Break selects an article from Monday, December 15, 2014 of The Seattle Times e-Edition for an in-depth reading of the news. Read the selected story and answer the attached study questions. 

 Yakamas unhappy defense bill to open sacred summit for more use by public (NW Monday, page B4

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. If you are unsure of the meaning of any words in the title, look them up in the dictionary.

 

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

A.     bill

B.     designated

C.     destination

D.     fast

E.     measure

F.     provision

G.    recognition

H.     restricted

I.       sacred

J.      significance

K.     spiritual

L.      summit

M.    tacked (on)

N.     (gained) traction

O.    vision quest

  

1.      having definite rules about what or who is allowed and not allowed

2.      a period of time when you do not eat any food

3.      the highest point of a mountain : the top of a mountain

4.      the act of accepting that something is true or important or that it exists

5.      the quality of having notable worth or influence

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

7.      the support, interest, etc., that is needed for something to succeed or make progress

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

9.      of or relating to religion or religious beliefs

10.   to add on or attach (something) in a quick or careless

11.   a written description of a new law that is being suggested and that the lawmakers of a country, state, etc., must vote to accept before it becomes law

12.   (especially among some North American Indians) the ritual seeking of personal communication with the spirit world through visions that are induced by fasting, prayer, and other measures during a time of isolation: typically undertaken by an adolescent male.

13.   a condition that is included as part of an agreement or law

14.   worthy of religious worship : very holy

15.   a place to which a person is going or something is being sent   

 

  

Comprehension  

  1. Within the bill just passed by the Senate is a ________ that would open to the public the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain. (Fill in the blank)
  2. What do the Yakamas consider the mountain, known to them as “Laliik” to be?
  3. Rattlesnake Mountain, lies in the Hanford Reach National Monument and, for the most part, public access is now _______. (Fill in the blank)
  4. The bill which has passed in both the House and the Senate is a defense bill with a host of what type of issues tacked on? (Multiple Choice)

a)     Agriculture

b)     Education

c)     Land management

d)     Revenue

  1. Now that the bill, the National Defense Authorization Act for 2015, has passed both the House and the Senate, what happens to it now?
  2. Who did Tribal Council Chairman JoDe Goudy write to in October regarding opening Rattlesnake Mountain to the public?
  3. Tribal Council Chairman JoDe Goudy said that young adults who are considered ready and worthy are sent to Laliik to do what?
  4. In his letter, what did Goudy write would be damaging to the sacred mountain site?
  5. In 2007, the Department of Energy designated Rattlesnake Mountain as a Traditional Cultural Property in recognition of what?
  6. Who did the Yakamas try to block from giving people tours on the mountain using the designation as a Traditional Cultural Property and what type of tours were they?

 

Additional Activities  

1.      Do you agree with Congressman Doc Hastings that everyone should have an opportunity to enjoy the area – why or why not? Use examples from the article to support your position on whether the public should have access to this sacred Yakama Nation site.

 

 

2.      What do you think makes a site sacred? What places have you visited that you consider to be sacred and why? Are there any of these places that are specifically sacred to you or your family?  If so, what significance does this site have?

 

 

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 December 15, 2014

Scavenger Hunt  

Sunday’s News Break challenges you to hunt through the Sunday, December 14, 2014 e-Edition of The Seattle Times to find answers to the following questions.

 

1.     Two Washington teachers, Noah Zeichner and Jeff Charbonneau, are among 50 finalists from across the world for a $1 million award designed to be the _______ _______ of education? (Fill in the blanks – two words) (NW Sunday)

2.     What event did Abbey Weitzel shatter the American and U.S. Open record in the at the U.S. Winter Junior Swimming Championships and what was her time? (Sports)

3.     January 28, 1945, marked the end of what World War II battle?(Main)

4.      Moderate cardiovascular training can lower blood pressure for about how long after each workout? (NW Arts & Life)

5.      What is the maximum amount a person can contribute to an individual retirement account (IRA) in 2014? (Business)

6.      According to research company R.L. Polk, what is the average age of a vehicle on the road today? (NWAutos)

7.      How much money in does Washington Correctional Industries (CI) generate in sales a year? (Main)

8.      One of the first successful annual events in Leavenworth, in what year did the first Christmas Lighting Festival take place?  (NW Traveler)

9.      Sad Shop makes cards with memorable messages and rose to fame on social media with a card that read “I like you and naps”, what actress posted it on Facebook? (Sunday Market)

10.   What political party was in power in Japan from 2009 to 2012? (Main)

11.   What percentage of workers don’t plan to take any paid days off during the holidays according to a Spherion/Harris Poll Survey? (NW Jobs)

12.   What recipe won’t you find in the recently published “DeLaurenti Cookbook”? (Pacific NW Magazine)

13.   How many days during the 5-day Seattle-area forecast is the “Daytime High” predicted to be 48 degrees? (NW Sunday)

14.   Who became the first Heisman Trophy winner for the Oregon Ducks’ football team? (Sports)

15.  How much trash per week does the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimate that the average American household throws away? (NW Traveler)

   

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, December 14, 2014 of The Seattle Times e-Edition for an in-depth reading of the news. Read the selected story and answer the attached study questions. 

Nonprofit program helps launch new coders (NW Jobs, page F2

Pre-Reading and Vocabulary  

  1. Look at the title of the article. What do you think a coder is? What type of work do you think a coder does? What type of education do you think someone would need to be a coder?
  2.  Vocabulary:  Match the words to the numbered definitions below.

 

A.    apprentice

B.    background(s)

C.    computer science

D.    credential

E.    demonstrate

F.    gap

G.    joint venture

H.    median

I.      motivation

J.     pass muster

K.    reject

L.     resources

M.   résumé

N.    theme

O.    upward mobility

 

1.     to prove (something) by showing examples of it : to show evidence of (something)

2.     the particular subject or idea on which the style of something is based.

3.     the experiences, knowledge, education, etc., in a person's past

4.     to be judged as acceptable or good enough

5.     a business enterprise in which two or more companies enter a temporary partnership.

6.     a place or thing that provides something useful

7.     the condition of being eager to act or work

8.     a missing part

9.     moving or able to move into a higher social or economic position

10.  a person who learns a job or skill by working for a fixed period of time for someone who is very good at that job or skill

11.  a short document describing your education, work history, etc., that you give an employer when you are applying for a job

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

13.  to decide not to offer (someone) a job or position

14.  having a value that is in the middle of a series of values arranged from smallest to largest

15.  the study of computers and their uses

 

Comprehension

  1. According to the article, many coders come from non-traditional ___________ or are self-taught. (Fill in the blank)
  2. What problem did both Rosemary Shanley and Vince Ganey have that is common in today’s credential-focused job market?
  3. Vince Ganey was a programmer in his native country of Bulgaria but took a job here in the U.S. doing what because it didn’t require him to know much English?
  4. LaunchCode launched in the fall of 2013, how many people has the nonprofit place in apprenticeships since then? (Multiple Choice)

a)    Less than 50 people

b)    More than 100 people

c)     More than 150 people

  1. What is the theme of the nonprofit LaunchCode?
  2. How much do the apprenticeships pay per hour?
  3. Typically how long do the apprenticeships last?
  4. What is the median salary that LaunchCode’s graduates earn?
  5. Half of the LaunchCode apprentices were unemployed before entering the program. What was the median salary for those apprentices with jobs before graduating from the program?
  6. All of the apprentices must pass a basic programming test and convince LaunchCode’s interviewers of what?
  7. After completing the EdX class what did Vince Ganey create to demonstrate his skills?

 

 

Additional Activities  

1.     What type of job or career interests you? Research to find out what type of education, skills, or training is necessary. Also research to find out what type of salary is typical for that job. Are apprenticeships available in that career?

2.     Visit MapYourCareer.org to find out what other careers are available in the Compute/IT industry at http://www.mapyourcareer.org/computers-it/computer-it-careers.html.What other jobs are currently in demand in the computer/IT industry?

 

 

 

News Break is posted to the Web on Sunday and Wednesday. 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

 

 

Program Content for December 10, 2014

Wednesday's News Break selects an article from Tuesday, December 9, 2014 of The Seattle Times e-Edition for an in-depth reading of the news. Read the selected story and answer the attached study questions. 

 Dead orca carried full-term female fetus, necropsy shows (NW Tuesday, page B1

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. If you are unsure of the meaning of any words in the title, look them up in the dictionary.

 

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

A.     abundant

B.     black market

C.     blubber

D.     complications

E.     decomposing

F.     endangered

G.    evidence

H.     fetus

I.       necropsy

J.      nutrition

K.     population

L.      reproductive

M.    speculated

N.     stemmed

O.    toxins

 

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

2.      to be caused by (something or someone) : to come from (something or someone)

3.      a disease or condition that happens in addition to another disease or condition

4.      the process of eating the right kind of food so you can grow properly and be healthy

5.      to think about something and make guesses about it : to form ideas or theories about something usually when there are many things not known about it

6.      existing or occurring in large amounts

7.      the examination of a body after death; autopsy

8.      used to describe a type of animal or plant that has become very rare and that could die out completely

9.      a group of people or animals of a particular kind that live in a place

10.   the fat on whales and some other animals that live in the water

11.   a poisonous substance and especially one that is produced by a living thing

12.   a human being or animal in the later stages of development before it is born

13.   a system through which things are bought and sold illegally

14.   relating to or involved in the production of babies, young animals, or new plants

15.   to cause something (such as dead plants and the bodies of dead animals) to be slowly destroyed and broken down by natural processes, chemicals, etc.  

 

  

Comprehension

  1. What complications did experts speculate that the death of the orca may have stemmed from?
  2. A death examination of the orca calf revealed that it was what sex?
  3. The tests being done on the fetus will be able to tell whether the fetus was already dead before the mother died – true or false?
  4. How many teeth did someone remove from the orca before it could be examined? (Multiple Choice)

a)     3 teeth

b)     4 teeth

c)     7 teeth

  1. It is _______ to possess part of an________ animal. (Fill in the blanks)
  2. The death leaves less than 70 animals in the Puget Sound orca population – true or false?
  3. According to Ken Balcomb, a scientist with the Center for Whale Research, how many years has it been since there was a successful birth in the Puget Sound orca population?
  4. What status did Ken Balcomb say that “the levels of toxins that are in these whales are harmful to”?
  5. Although the orca when examined looked healthy, its level of what was thinner than usual?
  6. What did Ken Balcomb say that the thin levels that the orca had indicated (referred to in question #7)?

 

Additional Activities  

1.      Read the following quote from Ken Balcomb from the article: “What we do know is that if we could provide a food supply that’s abundant and healthy, they wouldn’t have to rely on their blubber storage for energy,” he said. Then as a class discuss the following questions:

 

What food supply does the Puget Sound orca population rely on?

What factors could cause this food supply to not be abundant and healthy enough for the orcas?

What steps do you think could be taken to provide a food supply that would be abundant and healthy enough for the orcas?

 

2.      Learn more about the Puget Sound orca population from the following sites or by visiting your school or local library:

 

http://www.seattleaquarium.org/orcas

http://www.whaleresearch.com/#!orca-population/cto2

http://www.ptmsc.org/resident_transient_orcas.html

http://www.marine-conservation.org/media/shining_sea/place_epacific_pugetsound.htm

 

Write down and share two fun or interesting facts you learned about orcas.

 

 

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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