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Program Content for June 20, 2014


Each week, this lesson will share some classroom activity ideas that use the newspaper or other NIE resources.  You are encouraged to modify this lesson to fit the needs of your students.  For example, some classrooms may be able to use this as a worksheet and others might need to ask and answer the questions in a class discussion. 

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Materials you will need for this lesson: The Seattle Times e-Edition

Article: “Hundreds line up for moment with Clinton, buy her book”

Page: NW Thursday B1 and B4

Date: Thursday, June 19, 2014


Pre- Reading Discussion Questions: 


Look at the title on page B1. Who is the woman in the photograph? What is she famous for? What else do you know about her? Would you like to meet her? Why or why not?




Read the following quotes and determine the meaning of the word based on how it’s used in the sentence:


“The University of Washington student queued up at 4:30 a.m. at University Book Store, making her 15th in line to reserve a copy of Clinton’s memoir, ‘Hard Choices,’ and guarantee her a spot in a long book-signing line later that evening.”


(formed a line)


 Each got a moment with Clinton, who smiled and showed a politician’s knack of appearing oh-so-very interested in each person’s comments.


(an ability, talent, or special skill needed to do something)


With a ‘Ma’am, ma’am, move along,’ security hustled away those who tried to linger too long, keeping them from holding up the line of hundreds that snaked through the bookstore and out into the street.


 (hustled: moved or worked in a quick and energetic way)

(linger: to stay somewhere beyond the usual or expected time)


Journal Writing Prompts: 


 “Kevin Lee, a recent UW grad who works in insurance, said he told Clinton, ‘I’m going to work for you someday’—in the White House or wherever. ‘I’ll see you there,’ she responded.”


If you had the opportunity to meet with Hillary Clinton, what would you say to her? How do you think she would respond? Write out a dialogue as a journal entry.


Discussion Questions:


Review the excerpt and discuss the following questions:


“When Pring’s turn finally came to be face to face with Clinton, she told the former secretary of state she was an inspiration and that she admired her work in Cambodia. The two chatted about the history and politics of the country.


Do you think Pring’s choice of topic and statements were appropriate for her brief meeting with Clinton? Why or why not? What famous person would you most like to meet? Why? What would you ask him or her if you had the opportunity? How would you expect that individual to respond?


Small group discussion and activity: 


“Meanwhile, a new NBC/ Wall Street Journal poll found Clinton is a divisive figure for many Americans. Asked how they’d vote if she runs for president, 38 percent of registered voters said they’d probably or almost certainly vote for her. But 37 percent said they’d definitely oppose her, NBC News reported.”


What does it mean to say someone is a “divisive figure?” Since 38% of voters would support Clinton and 37% of voters would oppose her, what is the remaining percentage of voters? How do you think they feel about her? Ask an adult in your home what he or she thinks about Clinton running for president. Would he or she support her? Why or why not? What makes someone a good leader for our country? What about Clinton makes her a good or bad choice as a president? Summarize your conversation into a one page paper.


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