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NEWS BREAK

 NEWS BREAK

Program Content for April 22, 2015

Wednesday's News Break selects an article from Monday, April 20, 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. 

65 years on, Yakima accordion player going strong (NW Monday, page B9

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.     accordion

B.     attitude

C.     average

D.     comfort zone

E.     commitment

F.     energetic

G.    fate

H.     fulfilled

I.       nonstop

J.      on the horizon

K.     opportunity

L.      solo

M.    take for granted

N.     value

 

 

1.      a place, situation, or level where someone feels confident and comfortable

2.      usefulness or importance

3.      having or showing a lot of energy

4.      an amount of time or a situation in which something can be done

5.      the way you think and feel about someone or something

6.      feeling happy and satisfied about life : feeling that your abilities and talents are being fully used

7.      coming in the near future

8.      a number that is calculated by adding quantities together and then dividing the total by the number of quantities

9.      to fail to properly notice or appreciate (someone or something that is helpful or important to you)

10.   not stopping

11.   involving or done by a single performer instead of a group

12.   a musical instrument that is shaped like a box and that is held in your hands and played by pulling its sides apart and then pushing them together while pressing buttons and keys

13.   a power that is believed to control what happens in the future

14.   the attitude of someone who works very hard to do or support something

 

Comprehension

 

1.      Gary Malner said his parents felt he was too ________ as a child. (Fill in the blank)

2.      Gary’s mom said they should get him an accordion to play. Why did Gary say his dad liked that? (Multiple choice)

a)     Because it was light.

b)     Because it was heavy.

c)     Because it was small.

3.      Who did Gary first begin performing for?

4.      How many years nonstop has Gary been playing his accordion?

5.      At what age did Gary join a small band made up of older musicians?

a)     13

b)     15

c)     17

  1. Why reason did Gary give for moving to Yakima in the early 2,000s?
  2. Name one type of event or location that Gary now performs at in the Yakima Valley.
  3. Gary now performs an average of seven to nine times per week – true or false?
  4. Who is Dick Cantino to Gary and what did Gary have the opportunity to do with him?
  5. What advice did Cantino give to Gary?

 

Additional Activities  

1.      Journal about a time you did something that had you stepping out of your comfort zone. Think about the following questions as you write about your experience. What were you doing?  Where were you? What did you learn from the experience? Did you make mistakes? How did you feel? Would you do it again?

 

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 April 20, 2015

Sunday's News Break selects an article from Sunday, April 19th 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.

Your Future. Your Money: A Resource Preparing Teens for Real-World Finances (Special Section, Read “Get Paid and Get Savvy” and Budgeting and Savings, pages J2 and J3).

Pre-Reading and Vocabulary  

  1. What types of jobs do you think would be good for a teenager? How much do you think a first job might pay? What type of job would you like to do to earn money?
  2. Vocabulary:  Match the words to the numbered definitions below.

 

A.    adjust

B.    competitive

C.    determined

D.    eliminate

E.    entrepreneurism

F.    evolve

G.    fluctuating

H.    fund

I.      initiative

J.     employment market

K.    proofread

L.     proverbial

M.   qualify

N.    reserve

O.    situation

 

 

1.     to be the cause of or reason for (something)

2.     all of the facts, conditions, and events that affect someone or something at a particular time and in a particular place

3.     to change or develop slowly often into a better, more complex, or more advanced state

4.     a plan or program that is intended to solve a problem

5.     a supply of something that is stored so that it can be used at a later time

6.     to read and correct mistakes in (a written or printed piece of writing)

7.     to make an amount or number more exact by considering other information

8.     to change level, strength, or value frequently

9.     commonly spoken of : widely known

10.  to get rid of (something)

11.  the available supply of workers or jobs

12.  of or relating to a situation in which people or groups are trying to win a contest or be more successful than others

13.  an amount of money that is used for a special purpose

14.  to have the right to do, have, or be a part of something

15.  organizing, operating and assuming the risk for a business venture

 

Comprehension

  1. Your hourly pay multiplied by the number of hours you worked is your ________ pay. (Fill in the blank)
  2. Your federal tax responsibility is determined by a percentage of your what?
  3. Once you retire or reach a certain age you qualify to receive money from ________ ________. (Fill in the blanks)
  4. When looking for a job, seek a position near your home to eliminate what?
  5. Babysitting and mowing lawns is a great way to show ____________. (Fill in the blank)
  6. A reserve of funds to use in an emergency or meet a long-term goal would go into which category? (Multiple choice – choose the best answer)

a)     Spend

b)    Share

c)     Save

d)    Splurge

  1. You should adjust fluctuating amounts, such as groceries for each pay period – true or false?
  2. You should work up to saving what percent of your income each paycheck?
  3. Name one thing mentioned in the article you should do when preparing for an interview or interviewing for a job.

 

 

Additional Activities  

1.       Use the charts shown on page 2 to track your monthly income and expenses, if you don’t have a job yet, ask your parents or another adult you live with to sit down with you and track your household’s expenses.

2.       Think of a job you would like to apply for. Then create a sample resume for someone in high school with no work experience. After you have created your sample resume break into groups of two and practice interviewing. Have one student be the interviewer/hiring manager and one student be the job seeker. Make up a list of questions to ask during your interview and then take turns interviewing one another. Below are some websites with sample resumes and tips to help get you started.

http://www.aie.org/find-a-job/write-your-resume/sample-resumes-and-templates/Resume-Sample-High-School-Student-Academic.cfm

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/resumetemplates/fl/resume-sample-high-school-no-experience.htm

https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/explore-careers/careers/how-to-create-your-resume

 

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

 

Scavenger Hunt  

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

 

1.      Governor Jay Inslee has signed a bill that will allow Washington to have more information than ever about what, after the Oso tragedy of March 22, 2014 highlighted the need for the bill? (NW Sunday)

2.      At what age did USA women’s assistant wrestling coach Erin Tomeo start wrestling?(Sports)

3.      How did Sherpa guides protest last year’s deadliest avalanche on Mount Everest that killed 16 Sherpa guides and what did it lead to? (Main)

4.      From 2009 to 2013 what percent of feature films released by a major studio were directed by women? (NW Arts & Life)

5.      What country is the world’s fifth-largest consumer and second-largest exporter of beef? (Business)

6.      What car did Kelly Blue Book pick as its number one green car for the 10 Best Green Cars of 2015? (NWAutos)

7.      When Hilary Rodham Clinton announced her bid for the presidency how many interactions did it generate on Facebook in a 24-hour period? (Main)

8.      What are Brazilian airlines reportedly asking their government for permission to do? (NW Traveler)

9.      What is the “ILoveHandles Wrist Ruler” laser-engraved with? (Sunday Market)

10.   How many 737’s does Boeing’s Renton factory’s two final assembly lines churn out each month? How many of the jets is it gearing up to churn out each month by 2018? (Main)

11.   According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, what percentage of hiring managers have asked a question in an interview that they later learned was illegal to ask? (NW Jobs)

12.   What is Victoria, B.C. nicknamed? (NW Traveler)

13.   What day of the 5-day Seattle-area forecast is forecasted to have the highest daytime high temperature? (NW Sunday)

14.   What thornless blackberry was developed by Oregon State University and the USDA and is recommended for home gardens? (Pacific NW)

15.  What percent of the earth’s surface is covered by oceans that play an important role in regulating the earth’s systems such as climate and weather? (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

 

 

Program Content for April 15, 2015

Wednesday's News Break selects an article from Tuesday, April 14, 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. 

Sardine season canned as fish numbers shrink (Business, 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. How is the word “canned” being used in the title? How is it a “play on words” (double meaning).

 

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

 

A.     biomass

B.     collapse

C.     conservation

D.     dwindling

E.     estimates

F.     factor

G.    fluctuations

H.     harvest

I.       iconic

J.      impacts

K.     inadvertently

L.      overfishing

M.    population

N.     stocks

O.    trigger

 

 

 

1.      the protection of animals, plants, and natural resources

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

3.      something that helps produce or influence a result : one of the things that cause something to happen

4.      not intended or planned

5.      the amount of a natural product gathered in a single season

6.      a situation or occurrence in which something (such as a system or organization) suddenly fails : a complete failure or breakdown

7.      a supply of something that is available for use

8.      to change level, strength, or value frequently

9.      to catch too many fish so that there are not enough remaining

10.   a guess that you make based on the information you have about the size, amount, etc., of something

11.   a powerful or major influence or effect

12.   to cause (something) to start or happen

13.   the amount of living matter in a given habitat, expressed either as the weight of organisms per unit area or as the volume of organisms per unit volume of habitat.

14.   a widely known symbol; symbolic, emblematic, or representative

15.   to gradually become smaller   

 

 

Comprehension

  1. Why have fisheries managers decided to call off the West Coast sardine fishing season that starts in July?
  2. The Pacific Fishery Management Council voted to close the season starting July 1. The council is also considering whether ________ has been a factor in the latest collapse. (Fill in the blank)
  3. In what decade did the sardine fishery see a collapse that lasted 50 years? (Multiple choice)

a)     1930’s

b)     1940’s

c)     1950’s

4.      In what decade did the sardine fishery revive after the 50-year collapse?

5.      Scientists estimate there were 1 million tons of sardines off the West Coast in 2006, but the current sardine ________ is estimated to have fallen to 97,000 metric tons. (Fill in the blank)

  1. Sardines have large natural fluctuations in populations – true or false?
  2. According to the article, during what periods do sardine stocks typically rebuild?
  3. What two groups of animals did Ben Enticknap, of the conservation group Oceana, say they had been seeing the impacts of collapsing sardine populations on for years now?
  4. Whom did the Pacific Fishery Management Council allow to go ahead with a small sardine fishery?
  5. What did the council allow for boats targeting anchovies, mackerel and herring?

 

Additional Activities

1.      Learn more about the West Coast Pacific Sardine fishery –when it was first developed and why, habitat, biology, etc. at: http://www.fishwatch.gov/seafood_profiles/species/sardine/species_pages/pacific_sardine.htm. Then, write two - three paragraphs about what you learned about sardines.

 

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 April 13, 2015

Sunday's News Break selects an article from Sunday, April 12th 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.

The World War II Odyssey of King County’s Japanese Americans (Presented by Newspapers In Education and Densho, Special Section J, page J3).

Pre-Reading and Vocabulary  

  1. Look at the title of this special section: What is an odyssey? What kind of odyssey do you think Japanese Americans experience during World War II? As a class discuss: What do you know about the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II? Why do you think the United States Government made the decision to force Japanese Americans to be removed from their homes to detention centers?
  2. Vocabulary:  Match the words to the numbered definitions below.

 

A.    ad hoc

B.    aliens

C.    anticipation

D.    assumed

E.    descent

F.    detained

G.    detention center

H.    exclusion

I.      interned

J.     isolated

K.    proponents

L.     sentiment

M.   surveillance

N.    systematic

O.    tensions

 

 

  1. an institution where people are detained when suspected of a crime, awaiting trial or sentencing, found to be an illegal immigrant or youthful offender, or for political reasons
  2. to think that something is true or probably true without knowing that it is true
  3. a person who argues for or supports something

4.     a state in which people, groups, countries, etc., disagree with and feel anger toward each other

5.     the act of preparing for something

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

7.     the act of carefully watching someone or something especially in order to prevent or detect a crime

8.     to officially prevent (someone) from leaving a place : to hold or keep (someone) in a prison or some other place

9.     a person who was born in a different country and is not a citizen of the country in which he or she now lives

10.  an attitude or opinion

11.  the people in your family who lived before you were born : your ancestors

12.  separate from others

13.  using a careful system or method : done according to a system

14.  formed or used for a special purpose

15.  to put (someone who has not been accused of a crime) in prison for political reasons especially during a war

 

Comprehension

  1. Why did the U.S. government begin surveillance in the Japanese American community?
  2. What did these surveillance investigations by the U.S. government determine about Japanese Americans?
  3. What type of lists did the U.S. government prepare in the event of war?
  4. What did federal authorities do within hours after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941?
  5. The Japanese community waited nervously in the weeks following Pearl Harbor as anti-Japanese __________ rose. (Fill in the blank)
  6. Washington Senator Monrad C. Wallgren led an ad hoc committee of senators from western states that recommended what?
  7. President Roosevelt’s cabinet was conflicted about the issue of the exclusion of Japanese Americans - true or false?
  8. President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942. The order granted broad powers to military leaders to exclude both ________ and ________ of Japanese descent from any areas they deemed necessary. (Fill in the blanks)
  9. General John L. DeWitt, the head of the Western Defense Command, declared all of California, Oregon, Washington and Arizona off limits to anyone of Japanese descent - true or false?
  10. Japanese Americans were first sent to “assembly centers” and then to long term detention facilities. In what types of areas were these long term detention facilities located?

  

Additional Activities  

1.     After reading this section discuss the following as a class or in small groups: How do you think the civil rights of Japanese Americans were violated during World War II? Was it right for the U.S. government to deny Japanese American citizens their rights – why or why not?

 

2.     Research: During World War II what other countries was the United States at war with besides Japan? How were people with ancestors from those countries treated in comparison to Japanese Americans?  Why do you think Japanese Americans were treated differently? How was fear involved?

  

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, April 12, 2015 e-Edition of The Seattle Times to find answers to the following questions.

 

1.      Since the 1990’s, more than how many North American zoos have opted to close their elephant exhibits? (NW Sunday)

2.      Who led the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) with eight assists in 2014? (Sports)

3.      What California metropolis is on the verge of turning the Pacific Ocean into an everyday source of drinking water with a $1 billion desalination plant that is under construction and is scheduled to open as early as November? (Main)

4.      By whom and when was the first tutu believed to have been worn by a ballerina? (NW Arts & Life)

5.      As a group, how much have target-date funds returned to investors on average annually over the last decade? (Business)

6.      For the 2013 model year how many miles per gallon did vehicles in the U.S. average? (NWAutos)

7.      On what date was the Buchenwald concentration camp liberated by U.S. forces from the Nazis? How many people are estimated to have been killed at Buchenwald by the Nazis? (Main)

8.      What is the “Chilly Hilly”?  (NW Traveler)

9.      What does the “Haptic Lab Puget Sound Quilt” display? (Sunday Market)

10.   What did two University of Washington professors team with a California biotech firm to develop a solution for – that affects more than 10 million Americans? (Main)

11.   What percentage of the U.S. population 16 years and older volunteered through or for an organization at least once between September 2013 and September 2014? (NW Jobs)

12.   How many waterfalls, almost 350 feet high, can viewers count at Iguazu Falls in Brazil? (NW Traveler)

13.   Approximately how long is the Wonderland Trail that circumnavigates the base of Mount Rainier? (NW Sunday)

14.   When was the name Salish Sea approved by Washington state, the U.S. and Canada officials for the body of water that consists of Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Strait of Georgia? (Pacific NW)

15.  According to the U.S. EPA nearly how many tons of food are thrown away in the United States each year? (Business)

   

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

  

 


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