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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
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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
queuedup 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
(formed a line)
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)
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.”
moved or worked in a quick and energetic way)
to stay somewhere beyond the usual or expected time)
Journal Writing Prompts:
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.
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.