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 NEWS BREAK

Program Content for October 22, 2014

Wednesday's News Break selects an article from Tuesday, October 13, 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. Please remember to always preview the content before sharing with your students.

‘Klinghoffer’ opera goes on at Met in N.Y. despite protests (By Michael Cooper, Main, page A2

Pre-Reading and Vocabulary

  1. Look at the title of this article and discuss the following questions as a class. Why do you think people might protest an opera? The title of the opera is “The Death of Klinghoffer”. Have you ever heard of ‘Klinghoffer’?  Why might an opera about his death spark protest?
  2. . Vocabulary:  Match the words to the numbered definitions below.

          

A.     aloft

B.     anguished

C.     anti-Semitism

D.     brokered

E.     compromise

F.     debate

G.    denounce

H.     escalating

I.       fodder

J.      harassed

K.     hijacking

L.      masterpiece

M.    protest

N.     rally

O.    terrorism

 

 

1.      a discussion between people in which they express different opinions about something

2.      a public meeting to support or oppose someone or something

3.      in the air

4.      to annoy or bother (someone) in a constant or repeated way

5.      a way of reaching agreement in which each person or group gives up something that was wanted in order to end an argument or dispute

6.      a great book, painting, piece of music, movie, etc.

7.      material that is used for a particular purpose

8.      to help people, countries, etc., to make a deal or to reach an agreement

9.      the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal

10.   extreme suffering, grief, or pain

11.   something said or done that shows disagreement with or disapproval of something

12.   to publicly state that someone or something is bad or wrong : to criticize (someone or something) harshly and publicly

13.   to take control of (an aircraft, vehicle, vessel) by force

14.   to become worse or to make (something) worse or more severe

15.   hatred of Jewish people   

  

Comprehension  

  1. Why were some of the people protesting the ‘Klinghoffer’ opera sitting in wheelchairs?
  2. According to the article, the protests have been escalating. What have opera officials and cast members had to deal with?
  3. There was one major disruption during the first performance of the opera, when a man shouted “The murder of Klinghoffer will never be forgiven”. What did Metropolitan Opera officials say happened to the man who shouted?
  4. Explain what the subject matter of this opera is?
  5. Explain who Leon Klinghoffer was (as explained in the article)?
  6. Was former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani supporting the opera or protesting it?
  7. One protester at the rally, Hilary Barr, a pediatric nurse, said she believed that the opera made excuses for ______. (Fill in the blank)
  8. The Anti-Defamation League brokered a compromise with the Metropolitan Opera, which pleased few on either side of the opera issue. What was the compromise they brokered?
  9. According to the article, the 1991 opera arrived at a moment when many Jews are anguished by ____________ episodes in Europe. (Fill in the blank)
  10. The current mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, defended the Met’s right to perform the opera – true or false?

 

 

Additional Activities/Questions

 

1.      Read the following quotes from the article.  Which quote do you agree with more and why?

From Protester Hilary Barr: “By putting this on a stage in the middle of Manhattan, the message is, ‘Go out, murder someone, be a terrorist and we’ll write a play about you.”

From a sign carried by counterdemonstrator, James Saslow: “A work of art about a subject is not a work in favor of that subject.”

 

2.      As a class discuss: What comes to mind when you think of the First Amendment? What are the protections of the First Amendment? How would the protests and rallies around this opera be protected under the First Amendment?  How would the protesters and counterdemonstrators be protected? What actions would not be protected?

 

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 October 20, 2014

Scavenger Hunt  

Sunday’s News Break challenges you to hunt through the Sunday, October 19, 2014 e-Edition of The Seattle Times to find answers to the following questions.

1.      Who were the “buffalo soldiers”? (NW Sunday)

2.      How many years in a row has Ingraham High School’s Sarah Rhee won the Metro League golf title? (Sports)

3.      National and state assessments show that Native Americans perform better in schools not overseen by the _______ ______ than in schools that are. (Fill in the blank – two words)  (Main)

4.      How many hours a night of sleep do most teens require? (NW Arts & Life)

5.      What Indian state’s tea plantations are widely seen as having the worst labor conditions, with most of its 200,000 tea workers being paid 95 rupees ($1.50) per day? (Business)

6.      Which automaker led all other automakers in average gas mileage during the 2013 model year? (NWAutos)

7.      Although lead is toxic to everyone, who does lead pose the greatest risk too? (Main)

8.      How many Washington golf courses are currently offering the new game of FootGolf?  (NW Traveler)

9.       “Rock Scissor Paper’s USA Love Tote Bag” features a cheerful yellow print of the United States and what else, to show your love for whichever state you like? (Sunday Market)

10.   What is the name of the hurricane whose storm’s center crossed over Bermuda late Friday last week? (Main)

11.   As of August how many jobs in Washington were in the information industry according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics? (NW Jobs)

12.   What does the word “brodo” mean in Italian? (Pacific NW Magazine)

13.   What was the 24-hour total for precipitation for October 18th according to the Seattle almanac? What was the 24-hour total last year on October 18th? (NW Sunday)

14.   How many straight wins do the Oregon Ducks have over the Washington Huskies in 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.

Copyright © 2014 The Seattle Times Company

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

Russian history told on tree bark, preserved in mud (By David M. Herszenhorn, Main, page A2

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.

 

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

 

A.    artifact

B.    benevolent

C.    deciphered

D.    etched

E.    linguists

F.    motherland

G.    poignant

H.    precursor

I.      preserved

J.     ruble

K.    scroll

L.     stylus

M.   trove

 

1.     something that comes before something else and that often leads to or influences its development

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

3.     a tool used long ago for writing on clay or wax tablets

4.     a country considered as the origin or source of something

5.     a long piece of paper that rolls around one or two cylinders and that usually has something written or drawn on it

6.     5to find the meaning of (something that is difficult to read or understand)

7.     the basic unit of money of Russia

8.     a person who speaks several languages; a person who studies linguistics

9.     kind and generous

10.  to keep (something) in its original state or in good condition

11.  causing a strong feeling of sadness

12.  a source or collection of valuable things

13.  to cut with or as if with a sharp implement

 

Comprehension 

  1. The scroll that was referred to in the article was a note from a father to a son. What was note etched into?
  2. What did the writer of this article compare the note to today?
  3. The scroll was found in Novgorod and written in the block letters of Old Novgorod language, which is a _________ to Russian. (Fill in the blank)
  4. Name one other type of artifact that has been found in Novgorod.
  5. The mud the artifacts were preserved in has an unusual chemical quality and contains little or no ___________. (Fill in the blank)
  6. Among the most poignant of the documents to be found were writings of a boy named Onfim. He was believed to be 6 or 7 years old - true or false?
  7. The city of Novgorod’s mayor said the city was the motherland of Russia. Give one example of a reason he gave for this.
  8. According to the article, the scrolls and their writings have created a sensation in Russia with hundreds of people doing what?
  9. Linguist Dmitri Sitchinava, said that medieval Novgorod was idealized as a “paradise lost” and a democratic or republican alternative lost during the Middle Ages. What did he say medieval Novgorod had that contradicted that idealization?

  

Additional Activities

 

1.     As a class discuss the following questions: What do you think people of the future would think of our writings today? What would they think of our methods of communication – texts, tweets, posts on social media websites, etc.? What do you think our ancestors would have thought? Do you think we have the same issues today as people who lived thousands of years ago – why or why not?

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 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 October 15, 2014

Wednesday's News Break selects an article from Monday, October 13, 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. 

Farmer’s ‘pumpkinstein’ creation grows into monster hit (By Jennifer Medina, Main, page A1

Pre-Reading and Vocabulary

  1. Look at the title of this article. What do you think a ‘pumpkinstein’ is? Look at the picture accompanying the article. What does the ‘pumpkinstein’ look like? What is it made from? Whom does the ‘pumpkinstein’ look like?
  2. . Vocabulary:  Match the words to the numbered definitions below.

          

A.    branded

B.    competitive

C.    consumer

D.    cultivating

E.    distinctive

F.    endeavor

G.    featured

H.    harvested

I.      mold

J.     profit

K.    subsequent

L.     surpass

M.   whim

N.    with a vengeance

O.    wholesale

 

1.     a container that is used to give its shape to something that is poured or pressed into it

2.     to grow and care for (plants)

3.     to be sold to other businesses for a specified price; relating to the business of selling things in large amounts to other businesses rather than to individual customers

4.     relating to or involving competition; having a strong desire to win or be the best at something

5.     happening or coming after something else

6.     to gather (a crop)

7.     having a quality or characteristic that makes a person or thing different from others : different in a way that is easy to notice

8.     with great force or effort

9.     carrying the brand or trademark of a manufacturer

10.  to be better or greater than (someone or something)

11.  a sudden wish, desire, decision, etc.

12.  a serious effort or attempt

13.  a person who buys goods and services

14.  money that is made in a business, through investing, etc., after all the costs and expenses are paid : a financial gain

15.  to discuss or mention (something or someone) in a noticeable way : to give particular attention to (someone or something important)   

  

Comprehension  

  1. How are Tony Dighera’s ‘pumpkinstein’s’ grown?
  2. What distinctive face do the pumpkins have?
  3. Roughly, how many pumpkins has Dighera harvested this year?

a)     540

b)     5,400

c)     54,000

  1. The pumpkins are easy to mistake for something carved from ______. (Fill in the blank)
  2. How much did Dighera sell each pumpkin to suppliers for at wholesale?
  3. According to the article, how much do retailers expect to get for each pumpkin they sell?
  4. Dighera got his start in oddly shaped produce after coming across a website that featured what that was grown in Japan?
  5. Dighera learned while trying to perfect his pumpkins that he could only shape the first two fruits of a vine. What was wrong with subsequent pumpkins?
  6. Dighera has also cultivated watermelons in odd shapes. Why did he say cultivating the pumpkins was easier than cultivating the watermelons?
  7. It took Dighera experimenting with over 100 varieties of pumpkin before he found the right one to take the monster shape – true or false?

 

Additional Activities/Questions

 

1.     What other distinctive faces or things related to Halloween might make a good mold for a pumpkin or other squash? Come up with an idea for your own mold and draw a picture of what the final result might look like.

2.     Have you ever had something you wanted to do, create or pursued with a vengeance? Journal about an experience you had and the effort you put into it, as well as what the final result was.

3.     Make a list of items you or your family normally buys for Halloween. Estimate how much you spend on each item. Which do you spend the most on, decorations, candy, or costumes?

 

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 October 12, 2014

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

Nobel shines light on child labor in India (By Indrajit Singh, Main, page 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.

 

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

 

A.    activist

B.    banned

C.    bonded

D.    debt

E.    economic growth

F.    enforce

G.    in exchange

H.    impoverished

I.      loan

J.     mandating

K.    organization

L.     rupee

 

1.     to make (a law, rule, etc.) active or effective : to make sure that people do what is required by (a law, rule, etc.)

2.     a company, business, club, etc., that is formed for a particular purpose

3.     the state of owing money to someone or something

4.     to make (someone) poor

5.     to officially demand or require (something)

6.     to forbid people from using (something) : to say that something cannot be used or done

7.     the basic unit of money in some Asian countries including India and Pakistan

8.     An increase in the capacity of an economy to produce goods and services, compared from one period of time to another

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

10.  to give something and receive something in return

11.  an amount of money that is given to someone for a period of time with a promise that it will be paid back : an amount of money that is borrowed

12.  something that binds a person or persons to a certain circumstance or line of behavior

  

Comprehension 

  1. What is 13-year-old Raja Manjhi’s job in eastern India?
  2. Raja Manjhi has been forced out of school and into a job in order to help his ___________ family. (Fill in the blank)
  3. What grade was 13-year-old Raja Manjhi in when he dropped out of school?
  4. Manjhi is in bonded labor. Explain how this happened to him.
  5. Child labor remains widespread in India. It is estimated that _______ million children work. (Multiple Choice)

a)    5

b)    13

c)     17

d)    None of the Above

  1. Children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi, 60 was co-winner of the Nobel Prize for what?
  2. How old is Malala Yousafzai, co-winner of the prize with Satyarthi?
  3. What does children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi organization, “Save the Children Movement”, work to do?
  4. In 2006, India banned the hiring of children younger than what age, as servants in homes or as full-time workers in restaurants, hotels or spas?
  5. India mandated that children must stay in school and the law is currently being enforced by the police – true or false?

 

 

Additional Activities

1.     Do you know who Malala Yousafzai is? Did you know she is the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize? What is the name of Malala’s book? Research to find out more about Malala Yousafzai and what she did to earn the Nobel Peace Prize. Write 2 – 3 paragraphs about Malala and her story.

2.     You can watch Malala address the United Nations Youth Assembly here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rNhZu3ttIU

 

And additional footage of the United Nations Youth Assembly here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_sIP08PZ6I

 

3.     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 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

 

Scavenger Hunt  

Sunday’s News Break challenges you to hunt through the Sunday, October 12, 2014 e-Edition of The Seattle Times to find answers to the following questions.

 

1.      What did the National Weather Service issue Saturday afternoon, for the first time in 17 years in the Puget Sound region, after a waterspout was spotted near Anderson Island? (NW Sunday)

2.      How many yards did linebacker Shaq Thompson of the Huskies return a fumble for a UW touchdown against California on Saturday? (Sports)

3.      In India, it is estimated that how many children work? (Main)

4.      How many pairs of shoes does custom shoemaker Walter DeMarsh say he has the capacity to make each year? (NW Arts & Life)

5.      What did a recent survey done for Fidelity Investments find that more than half of adults aged 25 to 34 hasn’t started to do? (Business)

6.      Land Rover’s Range Rover Evoque will be the first vehicle to offer a laser head-up display (HUD) which employs holographic techniques used by whom? (NWAutos)

7.      The Seattle City Council unanimously approved a resolution designating the second Monday in October as what day? (Main)

8.      Walking the streets of Berlin, Germany, you can find 2,800 shiny brass tiles embedded in the sidewalks by artist Gunter Demnig called “Stolpersteine” or stumbling stones. Who do these stumbling stones bear the names of and where are the stones placed?  (NW Traveler)

9.      What does the book “Three Bears of the Pacific Northwest” teach kids about as the three bears in the story search for a little boy? (Sunday Market)

10.   Passengers arriving from the three countries hit hardest by the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa will undergo enhanced screening before being allowed through immigration at certain airports in the U.S. What three countries are these? (Main)

11.   According to a CareerBuilder survey, what percentage of workers surveyed say they aspire to a leadership role? (NW Jobs)

12.   Collards and kale are popular winter greens because they actually become more flavorful after being exposed to what? (Pacific NW Magazine)

13.   Approximately how much does The Gates Foundation spend each year on programs to improve production and income of African farmers? (NW Sunday)

14.   When did one of the biggest catch seasons for Dungeness crab occur, when a total of 2.35 million pounds were brought in by sport anglers? (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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