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Program Content for June 19, 2015

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: “Treasury wants a woman on $10 bill”

Page: Main A2

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2015

 

Pre- Reading Discussion Questions: 

 

Look at the title and images on page A2. What is the Treasury? Why is this noteworthy news? Why do you think women are not usually featured on money?

 

Vocabulary: 

 

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

 

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is to officially announce Thursday that a redesign of the $10 bill will feature the first woman on the nation’s paper money in more than a century.

 

(A period of 100 years)

 

“The bill will have new security features to make it harder to counterfeit and will go into circulation in 2020, the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.”

 

(to make an exact copy of (something) in order to trick people)

 

 Various groups have been campaigning to get a woman honored on the nation’s paper currency, which has been an all-male domain for more than a century.”

 

(campaigning: to lead or take part in a campaign to support or oppose someone or something or to achieve something)

 

(currency: the money that a country uses : a specific kind of money)

 

(domain: an area of knowledge or activity)

 

 

Journal Writing Prompts: 

 

The bill will have new security features to make it harder to counterfeit and will go into circulation in 2020, the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.

 

What security features do you think the bill will have which will make it harder to counterfeit? Draw a picture of your idea for a new bill. Describe the woman on it, the security features and other important symbols you think the new bill should have.

 

Discussion Questions:

 

Review the excerpt and discuss the following questions:

 

“The last woman featured on U.S. paper money was Martha Washington, who was on a dollar silver certificate from 1891 to 1896. The only other woman featured on U.S. paper money was Pocahontas, from 1865 to 1869. Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea are on dollar coins.”

 

What do you know about Martha Washington, Pocahontas, Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea? Why are they noteworthy? How have they contributed to U.S. history? Why do you think those women were chosen to be on those types of currency? Why do you think the 10 dollar bill was selected to feature a woman?

 

Small group discussion and activity: 

 

The plan is to decide which woman this summer…. Lew is asking the public for suggestions on who should be chosen for the bill and what symbols it should feature. Ideas can be submitted by visiting thenew10.treasury.gov website.

 

Who do you think should be on the bill? Research notable women and select one who deserves the honor. What symbols should the bill feature and why? Write a short essay detailing your selection and submit it to the above website.

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