Ms. Conn's Contemporary Issues Assignments, Spring 2018

Ms. Conn's Contemporary Issues Assignments
Spring 2018

DateAgendaAIMHomework Assignments
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018: 1. Do Now: Choose one of the following questions to answers:
  • Which foreign country is making headline news in MSNBC, Fox News or ABC News and why?
  • Which country's news (besides the US) interests you and why?

    Turn in any owed HW

    2. Discuss/Share:

  • Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with the CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Introduce Current Event Presentation (see HW).

    4. Work Period:

  • Make up owed HW
  • Begin researching a news article on a foreign country of your choice
  • How can we prepare to present our final current event presentation on a foreign country? Make up owed HW (see previous assignments)

    DUE TUESDAY, MAY 29th-THURSDAY, MAY 31st:
    Current Event of Your Choice Presentation: You will choose a news topic on a foreign country of your own choice. You MUST do the following: Choose a current event news article (from May, 2018), provide the MLA citation (see below), a summary of the article (a well-developed paragraph of 10-12 sentences) in which you include the following details in your summary: a thoughtful explanation of your news article, the importance of this issue in the news, your perspective (opinion) on the news source, your personal perspective on the issue in the news, and any other intriguing/interesting facts about the foreign country. You must prove that you've thought critically about the article and can share any conclusions that you can draw from the issue in the news. You MUST draw connections/parallels/conclusions between the issue in your chosen news article and our course materials/discussion in this class. You will be graded on the Presentation Grading Rubric. This will be 20% of the 3rd marking period grade. You MUST hand in the summary and present on the day you're assigned (see below). If you don't present and turn in the summary on the date it's due, you'll earn -10 points each day it's late. The last day you can present is Thursday, May 31st. Here are the presentation dates (based on the first letter of your last name):

  • Tuesday, May 29th: A-L
  • Wednesday, May 30th: M-S
  • Thursday, May 31st: T-Z

    *MLA Citation Format (sample only):
    Evansky, Ben. "Morocco's foreign minister warns Iran is seeking foothold in North Africa." Fox News, May 22nd, 2018. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/05/22/moroccos-foreign-minister-warns-iran-is-seeking-foothold-in-north-africa.html. Accessed May 22nd, 2018.

  • Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018: 1. Do Now: Choose one of the following questions to answers:
  • How do you think news headlines are written?
  • Why do you believe news headlines are so important?

    Turn in HW: Letter to the Editor

    2. Discuss/Share:

  • Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with the NEW CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Work Period: Look at headlines from The New York Times, Fox News and BBC. Choose a headline (on the handout) and write an opening paragraph (3-4 sentences; include answers to who, what, when, where, why and how) for your chosen headline. Be ready to show for CLASS CREDIT TODAY.

  • What do headlines reveal about the news stories? Make up owed HW (see previous assignments)
    Monday, May 21st, 2018: Work Period: Work on writing your Letter to the Editor. Look at Sample Letters to the Editor. Follow the requirements in How to Submit a Letter to the Editor at The New York Times. Look at The New York Times to find an article that you can respond to in your Letter to the Editor. You MUST write 150-175 words, refer to an article in The New York Times that has appeared within the last seven days, and must include your address and phone number. You must show it to me before e-mailing the letter. Once I approve it, then you can e-mail it. This is your chance to be published!
  • How can we publish our writing in The New York Times? DUE TOMORROW, TUESDAY, MAY 22nd:
  • Letter to the Editor of The New York Times: Follow the requirements in How to Submit a Letter to the Editor at The New York Times. Look at Sample Letters to the Editor. Look at The New York Times to find an article that you can respond to in your Letter to the Editor. You MUST write 150-175 words, refer to an article in The New York Times that has appeared within the last seven days, and must include your address and phone number. You must show it to me before e-mailing the letter. Once I approve it, then you can e-mail it. This is your chance to be published!

    Make up owed HW (see previous editorials)

  • Friday, May 18th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Choose one of the following questions to answers:
  • Would you like to have an article published in a newspaper? Explain your answer.
  • What headline in The New York Times appears interesting to you and why?

    Show HW: Response to "Liberals, You’re Not as Smart as You Think"

    2. Discuss/Share:

  • Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with your CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.
  • Review answers to the Exam on Essential Terms to Know to Read and Watch the News: LIST #3

    3. Mini-Lesson: Read Letters to the Editor and learn How to Submit a Letter to the Editor at The New York Times.

    4. Work Period: Begin writing a Letter to the Editor. Follow the requirements in How to Submit a Letter to the Editor at The New York Times. Look at The New York Times to find an article that you can respond to in your Letter to the Editor.

  • How can we publish our writing in The New York Times? DUE TUESDAY, MAY 22nd:
  • Letter to the Editor of The New York Times: Follow the requirements in How to Submit a Letter to the Editor at The New York Times. Look at The New York Times to find an article that you can respond to in your Letter to the Editor. You MUST write 150-175 words, refer to an article in The New York Times that has appeared within the last seven days, and must include your address and phone number. You must show it to me before e-mailing the letter. Once I approve it, then you can e-mail it. This is your chance to be published!

    Make up owed HW (see previous editorials)

  • Thursday, May 17th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Exam #3 on Essential Terms in the News (Vocabulary)

    Turn in any owed HW

    2. Work Period: Write a Response to "Liberals, You’re Not as Smart as You Think" in which you do the following:

  • Disagree or attack the opinions in the editorial.
  • Write 10-12 sentences.
  • Include THREE quotes (one sentence each) that contain opinions in the article.
  • Respond to the three quotes in which you provide the counterclaim.
  • Summarize your points in a final thought (1-2 sentences at the end of your response).
  • How can we expand our vocabulary knowledge and editorial writing skills? DUE TOMORROW, FRIDAY, MAY 18th:
    Finish today's classwork: Response to "Liberals, You’re Not as Smart as You Think" in which you do the following:
  • Disagree or attack the opinions in the editorial.
  • Write 10-12 sentences.
  • Include THREE quotes (one sentence each) that contain opinions in the article.
  • Respond to the three quotes in which you provide the counterclaim.
  • Summarize your points in a final thought (1-2 sentences at the end of your response).

    Make up owed HW (see previous editorials)

  • Wednesday, May 16th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Choose one of the following questions to answers:
  • Who do you believe is smarter--liberals or conservatives? Explain.
  • Why is it valuable to identify facts and opinions in an editorial?

    Turn in any owed HW

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with your CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Read-Aloud/Highlight/Annotate:

  • Finish reading the Editorial, "Liberals, You’re Not as Smart as You Think" (The New York Times) or class version of "Liberals, You’re Not as Smart as You Think" (The New York Times. How can we identify facts and opinions in this editorial?

    4. Work Period:

  • Study for Thursday's exam on Essential Terms to Know to Read and Watch the News: LIST #3
  • How can we effectively read and analyze facts and opinions in an editorial? DUE TOMORROW, THURSDAY, MAY 17th:
  • Exam on Essential Terms to Know to Read and Watch the News: LIST #3

    Make up owed HW (see previous editorials)

  • Tuesday, May 15th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Choose one of the following questions to answers:
  • Which sentence is a fact and why? A.) My teacher has seven fingers on her left hand. B.) The music is too loud. C.) Madison is not kind to Johnny.
  • Why do you think the editorial, "Liberals, You're Not as Smart as You Think" was published in The New York Times, which has a liberal-majority audience?

    Turn in any owed HW: Editorial #12 and any other owed work

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with your CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Read-Aloud/Highlight/Annotate:

  • Continue reading the Editorial, "Liberals, You’re Not as Smart as You Think" (The New York Times) or class version of "Liberals, You’re Not as Smart as You Think" (The New York Times. How can we identify facts and opinions in this editorial?

    4. Work Period: Study for Thursday's exam on Essential Terms to Know to Read and Watch the News: LIST #3

  • How can we effectively read and analyze facts and opinions in an editorial? Make up owed HW (see previous editorials)

    DUE THIS THURSDAY, MAY 17th:

  • Exam on Essential Terms to Know to Read and Watch the News: LIST #3
  • Monday, May 14th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Choose one of the following questions to answers:
  • Why do people enjoy reading editorials?
  • What can you predict the editorial, "Liberals, You're Not as Smart as You Think" will focus on?

    Turn in HW: Editorial #12 and any other owed work

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a new CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Read-Aloud/Highlight/Annotate:

  • Read the Editorial, "Liberals, You’re Not as Smart as You Think" (The New York Times) or class version of "Liberals, You’re Not as Smart as You Think" (The New York Times. How can we identify facts and opinions in this editorial?

  • How can we effectively read and analyze editorials written by professional writers? Make up owed HW (see previous editorials)

    DUE THIS THURSDAY, MAY 17th:

  • Exam on Essential Terms to Know to Read and Watch the News: LIST #3
  • Friday, May 11th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Choose one of the activities to do below:
  • Create a vocabulary flashcard for an assigned vocabulary word from List #3. Fold over a piece of blank, printer paper. Include the word on the front and the definition and sentence on the inside.
  • Create a political cartoon using three words from List #3 in the caption. See sample political cartoons from The Week.

    Turn in owed HW: Editorial #11 and any other owed work

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with the CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Work Period:

  • Compose an original sentence for each of the words in List #3. This will be due for classwork by the end of class TODAY.
  • Work on Editorial #12 and any owed HW.

  • How can we improve our vocabulary skills to better read and understand the news? DUE THIS MONDAY, MAY 14th
  • Editorial #12: Is Vladimir Putin trustworthy and reliable as President of Russia?
    First Paragraph: Include the 5 W's (Who, What, When, Where, Why) and 1 H (How). Clearly state your issue in the news, why it's a problem, and your claim (answer to the question/your opinion/thesis).
    Body Paragraph(s): Express your opinion on the issue in the news. Include the people you oppose and who oppose you. Use facts (real evidence from the news articles/TV news clips, and give credit to the sources you use) and quotes (give credit to the sources you use). Give your strong position. Give a strong position of the opposition. Provide your strong counterclaim. Include references to literature/culture that support your credibility (believability), knowledge and intelligence.
    Conclusion: Emphasize your main issue. Give solutions to the problem or challenge the reader to be informed. A quotation may be effective (with credit to the source).

    **An editorial should be at least three paragraphs and two, handwritten pages (or one typed, double-spaced page; you can e-mail the assignment to hconn@schools.nyc.gov before class on Monday). Provide your personal opinions on the news topic. Answer the argumentative question above to focus on in your editorial. Use evidence from one (or more) of our news articles and TV news clip:

    News Articles:

  • "Russia Country Profile (BBC)
  • "For Putin’s 4th Term, More a Coronation Than an Inauguration" (The New York Times)

    TV News Clips:

  • "What's Next for Iran Deal?" (BBC)
  • "Democratic Progress for Russia Obstructed by Extended Putin Reign" (MSNBC)
  • "Russia Inauguration: What Did Vladimir Putin Say" (Al Jazeera)

    DUE NEXT THURSDAY, MAY 17th:

  • Exam on Essential Terms to Know to Read and Watch the News: LIST #3
  • Thursday, May 10th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Choose one of the questions to answer below:
  • Why is improving your vocabulary skills important to read the news?
  • Which three vocabulary words from List #3 can you use in a sophisticated sentence?

    Turn in owed HW: Editorial #11 and any other owed work

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with the CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Read-Aloud:

  • Read-aloud List #3

    4. Work Period: Compose an original sentence for each of the words in List #3. This will be due for classwork by the end of class tomorrow.

  • How can we improve our vocabulary skills to better read and understand the news? DUE MONDAY, MAY 14th
  • Editorial #12: Is Vladimir Putin trustworthy and reliable as President of Russia?
    First Paragraph: Include the 5 W's (Who, What, When, Where, Why) and 1 H (How). Clearly state your issue in the news, why it's a problem, and your claim (answer to the question/your opinion/thesis).
    Body Paragraph(s): Express your opinion on the issue in the news. Include the people you oppose and who oppose you. Use facts (real evidence from the news articles/TV news clips, and give credit to the sources you use) and quotes (give credit to the sources you use). Give your strong position. Give a strong position of the opposition. Provide your strong counterclaim. Include references to literature/culture that support your credibility (believability), knowledge and intelligence.
    Conclusion: Emphasize your main issue. Give solutions to the problem or challenge the reader to be informed. A quotation may be effective (with credit to the source).

    **An editorial should be at least three paragraphs and two, handwritten pages (or one typed, double-spaced page; you can e-mail the assignment to hconn@schools.nyc.gov before class on Monday). Provide your personal opinions on the news topic. Answer the argumentative question above to focus on in your editorial. Use evidence from one (or more) of our news articles and TV news clip:

    News Articles:

  • "Russia Country Profile (BBC)
  • "For Putin’s 4th Term, More a Coronation Than an Inauguration" (The New York Times)

    TV News Clips:

  • "What's Next for Iran Deal?" (BBC)
  • "Democratic Progress for Russia Obstructed by Extended Putin Reign" (MSNBC)
  • "Russia Inauguration: What Did Vladimir Putin Say" (Al Jazeera)

    DUE NEXT THURSDAY, MAY 17th:

  • Exam on Essential Terms to Know to Read and Watch the News: LIST #3
  • Wednesday, May 9th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Choose one of the questions to answer below:
  • What can you predict will happen with President Putin inaugurated (inducted) for another term as Russia's president?
  • *What do you think about President Trump declaring that the U.S. will be withdrawing from the Iran Deal (as reported yesterday, see: "What's Next for Iran Deal?" (BBC))

    Turn in owed HW: Editorial #11 and any other owed work

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with the CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Read-Aloud:

  • Finish reading "For Putin’s 4th Term, More a Coronation Than an Inauguration" (The New York Times)

    **While reading, identify textual evidence to show citizens' perspectives (opinions) about President Putin.

    4. TV News Clips:

  • "What's Next for Iran Deal?" (BBC)
  • "Democratic Progress for Russia Obstructed by Extended Putin Reign" (MSNBC)
  • "Russia Inauguration: What Did Vladimir Putin Say" (Al Jazeera)

  • How was President Putin's Inauguration in Russia and what's next for the Iran Deal? Make up owed HW!
    Tuesday, May 8th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Choose one of the questions to answer below:
  • Can we trust our political leaders? Explain.
  • *How would you compare (find similarities) and contrast (find differences) the inauguration of President Trump with the inauguration of President Putin?

    Turn in owed HW: Editorial #11 and any other owed work

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with the CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Read-Aloud:

  • Read "Russia Country Profile (BBC)
  • "For Putin’s 4th Term, More a Coronation Than an Inauguration" (The New York Times)

    **While reading, identify textual evidence to show citizens' perspectives (opinions) about President Putin.

  • What are Russian citizens' opinions about President Putin (Russian leader for 18 years)? Make up owed HW!
    Monday, May 7th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Choose one of the questions to answer below:
  • What do you know about Russia's role in the world?
  • What do you think about Russia's leader, Vladimir Putin?

    Turn in HW: Editorial #11

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with the CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Read-Aloud:

  • Read "More than 1,600 arrested in Russia amid anti-Putin protests" (Fox News)

  • What major event occurred in Russia in recent days? Make up owed HW!
    Friday, May 4th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Choose one of the questions to answer below:
  • Which editorial has been your favorite to write and why?
  • What do you think you will most remember about this class and why?

    Turn in owed HW

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with the CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Work Period:

  • Review the 10 Editorial topic questions and the Essential Terms in the News Lists #1 and #2 for Kahoot!.

    4. Kahoot! Game for Extra Credit (20 points extra credit on the next Exam!)

  • What valuable knowledge and skills have you acquired in this class thus far? DUE THIS MONDAY, MAY 7th:
  • Editorial #11: Should the U.S. withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal?
    First Paragraph: Include the 5 W's (Who, What, When, Where, Why) and 1 H (How). Clearly state your issue in the news, why it's a problem, and your claim (answer to the question/your opinion/thesis).
    Body Paragraph(s): Express your opinion on the issue in the news. Include the people you oppose and who oppose you. Use facts (real evidence from the news articles/TV news clips, and give credit to the sources you use) and quotes (give credit to the sources you use). Give your strong position. Give a strong position of the opposition. Provide your strong counterclaim. Include references to literature/culture that support your credibility (believability), knowledge and intelligence.
    Conclusion: Emphasize your main issue. Give solutions to the problem or challenge the reader to be informed. A quotation may be effective (with credit to the source).

    **An editorial should be at least three paragraphs and two, handwritten pages (or one typed, double-spaced page; you can e-mail the assignment to hconn@schools.nyc.gov before class on Monday). Provide your personal opinions on the news topic. Answer the argumentative question above to focus on in your editorial. Use evidence from one (or more) of our news articles and TV news clip:

    News Articles:

  • "Iran Nuclear Deal: France's Emmanuel Macron Pushes for Talks" (BBC)
  • "Iran's Supreme Leader: US 'Feet Must Be Cut Off'" (CNN)
  • "The Iran Nuclear Deal--A Simple Guide" (The New York Times)

    TV News Clips:

  • "Trump: I've Been 100% Right on Iran Deal" (CNN)
  • "US Should Not Have Signed the Iran Deal" (Fox News)
  • "Can EU Allies Convince Trump to Stay in the Iran Nuclear Deal?" (PBS)
  • Thursday, May 3rd, 2018: 1. Do Now: Examine the map of the Middle East (which is on the continent of Asia). *Choose one of the questions to answer below:
  • What are fascinating/intriguing qualities of Iran and its location in the world?
  • What would you like to learn more about the Middle East and why?

    Turn in owed HW: Editorial #10

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with the CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. What ist the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal?:

  • Read the "The Iran Nuclear Deal--A Simple Guide" (The New York Times)

  • Why is Iran in the news today and what can you predict for the future of the Iran Deal? DUE TOMORROW, FRIDAY, MAY 4th:
  • Review the 10 Editorial topic questions and the Essential Terms in the News Lists #1 and #2 for tomorrow's Kahoot! Game for Extra Credit (the TOP THREE winners will earn 20 points extra credit on the next Exam!)

    DUE MONDAY, MAY 7th:

  • Editorial #11: Should the U.S. withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal?
    First Paragraph: Include the 5 W's (Who, What, When, Where, Why) and 1 H (How). Clearly state your issue in the news, why it's a problem, and your claim (answer to the question/your opinion/thesis).
    Body Paragraph(s): Express your opinion on the issue in the news. Include the people you oppose and who oppose you. Use facts (real evidence from the news articles/TV news clips, and give credit to the sources you use) and quotes (give credit to the sources you use). Give your strong position. Give a strong position of the opposition. Provide your strong counterclaim. Include references to literature/culture that support your credibility (believability), knowledge and intelligence.
    Conclusion: Emphasize your main issue. Give solutions to the problem or challenge the reader to be informed. A quotation may be effective (with credit to the source).

    **An editorial should be at least three paragraphs and two, handwritten pages (or one typed, double-spaced page; you can e-mail the assignment to hconn@schools.nyc.gov before class on Monday). Provide your personal opinions on the news topic. Answer the argumentative question above to focus on in your editorial. Use evidence from one (or more) of our news articles and TV news clip:

    News Articles:

  • "Iran Nuclear Deal: France's Emmanuel Macron Pushes for Talks" (BBC)
  • "Iran's Supreme Leader: US 'Feet Must Be Cut Off'" (CNN)
  • "The Iran Nuclear Deal--A Simple Guide" (The New York Times)

    TV News Clips:

  • "Trump: I've Been 100% Right on Iran Deal" (CNN)
  • "US Should Not Have Signed the Iran Deal" (Fox News)
  • "Can EU Allies Convince Trump to Stay in the Iran Nuclear Deal?" (PBS)
  • Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018: 1. Do Now: *Choose one of the questions to answer below:
  • Why is it important to know what's going on with the Iran Nuclear Deal?
  • What prediction can you make regarding the U.S. supporting or dropping out of the Iran Deal? Explain.

    Turn in owed HW: Editorial #10

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with the CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. TV News Clips:

  • "Trump: I've Been 100% Right on Iran Deal" (CNN)
  • "US Should Not Have Signed the Iran Deal" (Fox News)
  • "Can EU Allies Convince Trump to Stay in the Iran Nuclear Deal?" (PBS)

    Discussion Questions:

  • What are the advantages (pros) of maintaining the Iran Nuclear Deal?
  • What are the disadvantages (cons) of maintaining the Iran Nuclear Deal?
  • What was fascinating/intriguing about any of the news clips featured today?
  • What do you predict will happen on May 12th when the U.S. can choose to recertify the Iran Deal or withdraw from it?

  • Why is Iran in the news today and what can you predict for the future of the Iran Deal? Make up owed HW
    Tuesday, May 1st, 2018: 1. Do Now: *Choose one of the questions to answer below:
  • How do you think peace in the Middle East can be established? (Hint: Can the U.S.-Iran relationship help establish peace in the Middle East?)
  • Do you believe that Iran is "the greatest sponsor of terrorism in the world" (according to the U.S. Secretary of State)? Explain your answer.

    Turn in owed HW: Editorial #10

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with the CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Read-Aloud and Discussion: Read aloud the following news source:

  • "Iran's Supreme Leader: US 'Feet Must Be Cut Off'" (CNN)

    Discussion Questions:

  • Why do you think our U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is criticizing Iran?
  • Why is the Iran Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei criticizing the U.S.?
  • What would "enlarging the (nuclear) deal" involve?
  • Which countries want to preserve the Iran Deal (while the U.S. threatens to withdraw)?
  • Which countries side with the U.S. in preferring to withdraw from the Iran Deal?
  • What is the argument in favor of withdrawing from the Iran Deal?
  • What is the argument against withdrawing from the Iran Deal?

  • Why is Iran in the news today and what can you predict for the future of the Iran Deal? Make up owed HW
    Monday, April 30th, 2018: 1. Do Now: *Choose one of the questions to answer below:
  • What do you know about Iran on the world stage?
  • Why do you believe Iran is in the news today?

    Turn in HW: Editorial #10

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a NEW CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Read-Aloud and Discussion: Read aloud each the following news source:

  • "Iran Nuclear Deal: France's Emmanuel Macron Pushes for Talks" (BBC)

    Discussion Questions: What are the relationships between Iran, France and the U.S.? What does France's government think of the Iran Deal? What does the U.S. government think of the Iran Deal?

  • Why is Iran in the news today and what can you predict for the future of the Iran Deal? Make up owed HW
    Friday, April 27th, 2018: 1. Do Now: *Choose one of the questions to answer below:
  • What do you think about the latest news on North Korea committing to reunification with South Korea (as revealed here: "North and South Korea Vow to End the Korean War in Historic Accord" (CNN))?
  • What is your answer to the editorial #10 question--Is North Korea's suspension of its nuclear weapon testing a step in the right direction?

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with the CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Work Period: Work on writing Editorial #10.

  • What are the latest developments in North Korea's presence on the world stage? DUE THIS MONDAY, APRIL 30th
  • Editorial #10: Is North Korea's suspension of its nuclear weapon testing a step in the right direction?
    First Paragraph: Include the 5 W's (Who, What, When, Where, Why) and 1 H (How). Clearly state your issue in the news, why it's a problem, and your claim (answer to the question/your opinion/thesis).
    Body Paragraph(s): Express your opinion on the issue in the news. Include the people you oppose and who oppose you. Use facts (real evidence from the news articles/TV news clips, and give credit to the sources you use) and quotes (give credit to the sources you use). Give your strong position. Give a strong position of the opposition. Provide your strong counterclaim. Include references to literature/culture that support your credibility (believability), knowledge and intelligence.
    Conclusion: Emphasize your main issue. Give solutions to the problem or challenge the reader to be informed. A quotation may be effective (with credit to the source).

    **An editorial should be at least three paragraphs and two, handwritten pages (or one typed, double-spaced page; you can e-mail the assignment to hconn@schools.nyc.gov before class on Monday). Provide your personal opinions on the news topic. Answer the argumentative question above to focus on in your editorial. Use evidence from one (or more) of our news articles and TV news clip:

    News Articles:

  • "North Korea No Longer Needs Nuclear Tests, Kim Jong Un Says" (CNN)
  • "UN Official Praises 'Welcome Developments' From North Korea" (FOX NEWS)
  • "Why Has Kim Jong-un Halted North Korean Tests Now?" (BBC News)

    TV News Clips:

  • "What’s Behind North Korea’s Decision to Suspend Nuclear Tests?" (PBS News)
  • Thursday, April 26th, 2018: 1. Do Now: *Choose one of the questions to answer below:
  • Why do you believe North Korea is suspending its nuclear weapons testing?
  • How can various countries define denuclearization differently?

    2. Discuss/Share #1: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with the NEW CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Work Period Reading: Read the following news source:

  • "Why Has Kim Jong-un Halted North Korean Tests Now?" (BBC News).

    4. News Clip Viewing: "What’s Behind North Korea’s Decision to Suspend Nuclear Tests?" (PBS News)

    5. Discuss/Share #2: Discuss the answers to the following questions:
    1.) What is one reason that North Korea is suspending nuclear tests now?
    2.) What other countries also suspended nuclear weapon tests and continue to possess nuclear weapons?
    3.) Why does Kim Jong-un likely feel "renewed confidence"?
    4.) What is Kim Jong-un claiming to focus on with the suspension of nuclear tests?
    5.) What is Kim Jong-un looking forward to in the months ahead and why?

  • What are the latest developments in North Korea's nuclear weapons program? Due THIS COMING MONDAY, APRIL 30th
  • Editorial #10: Is North Korea's suspension of its nuclear weapon testing a step in the right direction?
    First Paragraph: Include the 5 W's (Who, What, When, Where, Why) and 1 H (How). Clearly state your issue in the news, why it's a problem, and your claim (answer to the question/your opinion/thesis).
    Body Paragraph(s): Express your opinion on the issue in the news. Include the people you oppose and who oppose you. Use facts (real evidence from the news articles/TV news clips, and give credit to the sources you use) and quotes (give credit to the sources you use). Give your strong position. Give a strong position of the opposition. Provide your strong counterclaim. Include references to literature/culture that support your credibility (believability), knowledge and intelligence.
    Conclusion: Emphasize your main issue. Give solutions to the problem or challenge the reader to be informed. A quotation may be effective (with credit to the source).

    **An editorial should be at least three paragraphs and two, handwritten pages (or one typed, double-spaced page; you can e-mail the assignment to hconn@schools.nyc.gov before class on Monday). Provide your personal opinions on the news topic. Answer the argumentative question above to focus on in your editorial. Use evidence from one (or more) of our news articles and TV news clip:

    News Articles:

  • "North Korea No Longer Needs Nuclear Tests, Kim Jong Un Says" (CNN)
  • "UN Official Praises 'Welcome Developments' From North Korea" (FOX NEWS)
  • "Why Has Kim Jong-un Halted North Korean Tests Now?" (BBC News)

    TV News Clips:

  • "What’s Behind North Korea’s Decision to Suspend Nuclear Tests?" (PBS News)
  • Wednesday, April 25th, 2018: 1. Do Now: *Choose one of the questions to answer below:
  • Why do you believe North Korea is suspending its nuclear weapons testing?
  • How can different countries define denuclearization differently?

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a NEW CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Work Period Reading: Read the following news source:

  • "Why Has Kim Jong-un Halted North Korean Tests Now?" (BBC News). Answer the following questions:
    1.) What is one reason that North Korea is suspending nuclear tests now?
    2.) What other countries also suspended nuclear weapon tests and continue to possess nuclear weapons?
    3.) Why does Kim Jong-un likely feel "renewed confidence"?
    4.) What is Kim Jong-un claiming to focus on with the suspension of nuclear tests?
    5.) What is Kim Jong-un looking forward to in the months ahead and why?

  • What are the latest developments in North Korea's nuclear weapons program? N/A
    Monday, April 23rd, 2018: 1. Do Now: *Choose one of the questions to answer below:
  • Why is it important for us to study international (or foreign) news?
  • Why is North Korea at the forefront of international news?

    Turn in any owed HW: today is the LAST day to turn in work for the 2nd marking period.

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a NEW CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Read-Aloud and Discussion: Begin to read aloud each of these news sources:

  • "North Korea No Longer Needs Nuclear Tests, Kim Jong Un Says" (CNN)
  • "UN Official Praises 'Welcome Developments' From North Korea" (FOX NEWS)

  • What are the latest developments in North Korea's nuclear weapons program? N/A
    Friday, April 20th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Choose one of the following questions to answer:
  • What new current events or general information did you learn from your presentation or other presentations this week?
  • What would you prefer to study in this class during the 3rd marking period and why? (Reminder: it must be relevant to our class, "Contemporary Issues")

    Turn in any owed HW

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with the CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Work Period:

  • FINISH YESTERDAY'S CLASSWORK: Compose an interview question about your news article OR a classmate's news article. Your interview question may only start with HOW or WHY. Here's a sample question: Why do you think the U.S. attacked Syria?
  • Then, begin to ask FIVE classmates your question and compile the results here: The One-Question Interview Handout. You MUST turn this in TODAY for CLASSWORK credit.

    4. Ted Talk Viewing: "How the News Distorts Our Worldview (2008): How is this Ted Talk still relevant today?

  • What current events can we learn from doing our own independent research on various news sources? DUE THIS MONDAY, APRIL 23rd:
  • ALL owed work MUST be turned in (during class time only) for the 2nd marking period! The grade book will close on Monday!
  • Thursday, April 19th, 2018: 1. Current Event of Your Choice Presentations: Students with last names beginning with T-Z and any owed presentations (today is the LAST day to present).

    2. Q & A: Audience can ask any or all of the following questions to today's presenters:

  • What was the most interesting fact that you learned from your news article?
  • Was media bias clear in your news article? Explain.
  • How does your news article connect to the semester of contemporary issues that we've studied so far?
  • What are your opinions about the current event you chose?
  • What kind of editorial question would you create to pair with your news article (remember, an editorial question is a "yes" or "no" question)?
  • Why did you choose your news article?
  • If you could write an essay about your news article, what topics or questions would you like to explore further?
  • What kind of debate could spark from your news article?

    3. Work Period:

  • Compose an interview question about your news article OR a classmate's news article. Your interview question may only start with HOW or WHY. Here's a sample question: Why do you think the U.S. attacked Syria?
  • Then, begin to ask FIVE classmates your question and compile the results here: The One-Question Interview Handout. We will finish this tomorrow for CLASSWORK credit.
  • What current events can we learn from doing our own independent research on various news sources? DUE THIS MONDAY, APRIL 23rd:
  • ALL owed work MUST be turned in (during class time only) for the 2nd marking period! The grade book will close on Monday!
  • Wednesday, April 18th, 2018: 1. Current Event of Your Choice Presentations: Students with last names beginning with M-S.

    2. Q & A: Audience can ask any or all of the following questions to today's presenters:

  • What was the most interesting fact that you learned from your news article?
  • Was media bias clear in your news article? Explain.
  • How does your news article connect to the semester of contemporary issues that we've studied so far?
  • What are your opinions about the current event you chose?
  • What kind of editorial question would you create to pair with your news article (remember, an editorial question is a "yes" or "no" question)?
  • Why did you choose your news article?
  • If you could write an essay about your news article, what topics or questions would you like to explore further?
  • What kind of debate could spark from your news article?
  • What current events can we learn from doing our own independent research on various news sources? DUE TOMORROW, THURSDAY, APRIL 19th (tomorrow is the LAST day to present):
    Current Event of Your Choice Presentation: You will choose a news topic of your own (U.S. or world politics, technology, science, or business), which must be teacher-approved. You MUST do the following: Choose a current event news article (from April, 2018), provide the MLA citation (see below), a summary of the article (a well-developed paragraph of 10-12 sentences) in which you include the following details in your summary: a thoughtful explanation of your news article, the importance of this issue in the news, your perspective (opinion) on the news source, your personal perspective on the issue in the news, and any media bias. You must prove that you've thought critically about the article and can share any conclusions that you can draw from the issue in the news. You MUST draw connections/parallels/conclusions between the issue in your chosen news article and our course materials/discussion in this class. You will be graded on the Presentation Grading Rubric. This will be 20% of the 2nd marking period grade. You MUST hand in the summary and present on the day you're assigned (see below). If you don't present and turn in the summary on the date it's due, you'll lose -10 points each day it's late. The last day you can present is Thursday, April 19th. Here are the presentation dates (based on the first letter of your last name):
  • Tuesday, April 17th: A-L
  • Wednesday, April 18th: M-S
  • Thursday, April 19th: T-Z

    *MLA Citation Format (sample only):
    Gregg, Re. "Syrian Government Forces Preparing for Possible U.S. Attack, War Monitors Say." Fox News, April 10th, 2018, http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/04/10/syrian-government-forces-preparing-for-possible-us-attack-war-monitors-say.html. Accessed April 11th, 2018.

  • Tuesday, April 17th, 2018: 1. Current Event of Your Choice Presentations: Students with last names beginning with A-L.

    2. Q & A: Audience can ask any or all of the following questions to today's presenters:

  • What was the most interesting fact that you learned from your news article?
  • Was media bias clear in your news article? Explain.
  • How does your news article connect to the semester of contemporary issues that we've studied so far?
  • What are your opinions about the current event you chose?
  • What kind of editorial question would you create to pair with your news article (remember, an editorial question is a "yes" or "no" question)?
  • Why did you choose your news article?
  • If you could write an essay about your news article, what topics or questions would you like to explore further?
  • What kind of debate could spark from your news article?

    3. Finish reviewing answers to EXAM #2 on Essential Terms in the News (30% of the 2nd marking period)

  • What current events can we learn from doing our own independent research on various news sources? DUE TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18th or THURSDAY, APRIL 19th (depending on your assigned day):
    Current Event of Your Choice Presentation: You will choose a news topic of your own (U.S. or world politics, technology, science, or business), which must be teacher-approved. You MUST do the following: Choose a current event news article (from April, 2018), provide the MLA citation (see below), a summary of the article (a well-developed paragraph of 10-12 sentences) in which you include the following details in your summary: a thoughtful explanation of your news article, the importance of this issue in the news, your perspective (opinion) on the news source, your personal perspective on the issue in the news, and any media bias. You must prove that you've thought critically about the article and can share any conclusions that you can draw from the issue in the news. You MUST draw connections/parallels/conclusions between the issue in your chosen news article and our course materials/discussion in this class. You will be graded on the Presentation Grading Rubric. This will be 20% of the 2nd marking period grade. You MUST hand in the summary and present on the day you're assigned (see below). If you don't present and turn in the summary on the date it's due, you'll lose -10 points each day it's late. The last day you can present is Thursday, April 19th. Here are the presentation dates (based on the first letter of your last name):
  • Tuesday, April 17th: A-L
  • Wednesday, April 18th: M-S
  • Thursday, April 19th: T-Z

    *MLA Citation Format (sample only):
    Gregg, Re. "Syrian Government Forces Preparing for Possible U.S. Attack, War Monitors Say." Fox News, April 10th, 2018, http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/04/10/syrian-government-forces-preparing-for-possible-us-attack-war-monitors-say.html. Accessed April 11th, 2018.

  • Monday, April 16th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Choose one of the following questions to answer:
  • What questions/concerns do you have regarding the presentations due this week?
  • What current event topic did you choose or are you interested in choosing and why?

    Turn in HW: Editorial #9

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a new CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Review answers to EXAM #2 on Essential Terms in the News (30% of the 2nd marking period)

  • Why is it important to learn vocabulary that appears in news sources? DUE TOMORROW, TUESDAY, APRIL 17th, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18th, or THURSDAY, APRIL 19th (depending on your assigned day):
    Current Event of Your Choice Presentation: You will choose a news topic of your own (U.S. or world politics, technology, science, or business), which must be teacher-approved. You MUST do the following: Choose a current event news article (from April, 2018), provide the MLA citation (see below), a summary of the article (a well-developed paragraph of 10-12 sentences) in which you include the following details in your summary: a thoughtful explanation of your news article, the importance of this issue in the news, your perspective (opinion) on the news source, your personal perspective on the issue in the news, and any media bias. You must prove that you've thought critically about the article and can share any conclusions that you can draw from the issue in the news. You MUST draw connections/parallels/conclusions between the issue in your chosen news article and our course materials/discussion in this class. You will be graded on the Presentation Grading Rubric. This will be 20% of the 2nd marking period grade. You MUST hand in the summary and present on the day you're assigned (see below). If you don't present and turn in the summary on the date it's due, you'll lose -10 points each day it's late. The last day you can present is Thursday, April 19th. Here are the presentation dates (based on the first letter of your last name):
  • Tuesday, April 17th: A-L
  • Wednesday, April 18th: M-S
  • Thursday, April 19th: T-Z

    *MLA Citation Format (sample only):
    Gregg, Re. "Syrian Government Forces Preparing for Possible U.S. Attack, War Monitors Say." Fox News, April 10th, 2018, http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/04/10/syrian-government-forces-preparing-for-possible-us-attack-war-monitors-say.html. Accessed April 11th, 2018.

  • Friday, April 13th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Listen to Exam Instructions

    Turn in owed HW

    2. EXAM #2 on Essential Terms in the News (30% of the 2nd marking period)

    3. Work Period: Work on HW (Editorial #9 and Current Event of Your Choice Presentation)

    Why is it important to learn vocabulary that appears in news sources? DUE THIS MONDAY, APRIL 16th:
  • Editorial #9: Should the U.S. attack Syria?
    First Paragraph: Include the 5 W's (Who, What, When, Where, Why) and 1 H (How). Clearly state your issue in the news, why it's a problem, and your claim (answer to the question/your opinion/thesis).
    Body Paragraph(s): Express your opinion on the issue in the news. Include the people you oppose and who oppose you. Use facts (real evidence from the news articles/TV news clips, and give credit to the sources you use) and quotes (give credit to the sources you use). Give your strong position. Give a strong position of the opposition. Provide your strong counterclaim. Include references to literature/culture that support your credibility (believability), knowledge and intelligence.
    Conclusion: Emphasize your main issue. Give solutions to the problem or challenge the reader to be informed. A quotation may be effective (with credit to the source).

    **An editorial should be at least three paragraphs and two, handwritten pages (or one typed, double-spaced page; you can e-mail the assignment to hconn@schools.nyc.gov before class on Monday). Provide your personal opinions of the important issue of Media Bias that we've been discussing. Answer the argumentative question above to focus on in your editorial. Use evidence from one (or more) of our TV news clips and news articles:

    News Articles:

  • "Trump Mulls "very tough" Military Response to Syria Attack" (ABC News)
  • "Syrian Government Forces Preparing for Possible US Attack, War Monitors Say" (FOX News)

    TV News Clips:

  • "Trump Cancels South America Trip to Focus on U.S. Response to Syria" (NBC News)
  • "Trump Warns Russia to Get Ready for US Retaliation in Syria" (Fox News)

    DUE THIS COMING TUESDAY, APRIL 17th-THURSDAY, APRIL 19th:
    Current Event of Your Choice Presentation: You will choose a news topic of your own (U.S. or world politics, technology, science, or business), which must be teacher-approved. You MUST do the following: Choose a current event news article (from April, 2018), provide the MLA citation (see below), a summary of the article (a well-developed paragraph of 10-12 sentences) in which you include the following details in your summary: a thoughtful explanation of your news article, the importance of this issue in the news, your perspective (opinion) on the news source, your personal perspective on the issue in the news, and any media bias. You must prove that you've thought critically about the article and can share any conclusions that you can draw from the issue in the news. You MUST draw connections/parallels/conclusions between the issue in your chosen news article and our course materials/discussion in this class. You will be graded on the Presentation Grading Rubric. This will be 20% of the 2nd marking period grade. You MUST hand in the summary and present on the day you're assigned (see below). If you don't present and turn in the summary on the date it's due, you'll lose -10 points each day it's late. The last day you can present is Thursday, April 19th. Here are the presentation dates (based on the first letter of your last name):

  • Tuesday, April 17th: A-L
  • Wednesday, April 18th: M-S
  • Thursday, April 19th: T-Z

    *MLA Citation Format (sample only):
    Gregg, Re. "Syrian Government Forces Preparing for Possible U.S. Attack, War Monitors Say." Fox News, April 10th, 2018, http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/04/10/syrian-government-forces-preparing-for-possible-us-attack-war-monitors-say.html. Accessed April 11th, 2018.

  • Thursday, April 12th, 2018: 1. Do Now: *Choose one of the questions to answer below:
  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of the U.S. attacking Syria?
  • If you are given the choice to open a newspaper, watch TV news, or read an online news article, what would you choose to read and why?

    Turn in owed HW

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a new CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Viewing of News Clip:

  • "Trump Warns Russia to Get Ready for US Retaliation in Syria" (Fox News)

    4. HW: Introduce HW and prepare for tomorrow's exam.

  • Why is it important to study international news, especially potential U.S. involvement in attacks on Syria? EXAM on Essential Terms in the News: List #2 TOMORROW, FRIDAY, APRIL 13th: Study each vocabulary word, learn the definitions and how to use each word in a sentence. The exam will be multiple-choice questions (bring a #2 pencil). It will be 30% of the 2nd marking period grade!

    Make up owed HW (see previous days' assignments)

    DUE THIS MONDAY, APRIL 16th:

  • Editorial #9: Should the U.S. attack Syria?
    First Paragraph: Include the 5 W's (Who, What, When, Where, Why) and 1 H (How). Clearly state your issue in the news, why it's a problem, and your claim (answer to the question/your opinion/thesis).
    Body Paragraph(s): Express your opinion on the issue in the news. Include the people you oppose and who oppose you. Use facts (real evidence from the news articles/TV news clips, and give credit to the sources you use) and quotes (give credit to the sources you use). Give your strong position. Give a strong position of the opposition. Provide your strong counterclaim. Include references to literature/culture that support your credibility (believability), knowledge and intelligence.
    Conclusion: Emphasize your main issue. Give solutions to the problem or challenge the reader to be informed. A quotation may be effective (with credit to the source). **It should be two, handwritten pages (or one typed, double-spaced page; you can e-mail the assignment to hconn@schools.nyc.gov before class on Monday). Provide your personal opinions of the important issue of Media Bias that we've been discussing. Answer the argumentative question above to focus on in your editorial. Use evidence from one (or more) of our TV news clips and news articles:

    News Articles:

  • "Trump Mulls "very tough" Military Response to Syria Attack" (ABC News)
  • "Syrian Government Forces Preparing for Possible US Attack, War Monitors Say" (FOX News)

    TV News Clips:

  • "Trump Cancels South America Trip to Focus on U.S. Response to Syria" (NBC News)
  • "Trump Warns Russia to Get Ready for US Retaliation in Syria" (Fox News)

    DUE NEXT TUESDAY, APRIL 17th-THURSDAY, APRIL 19th:
    Current Event of Your Choice Presentation: You will choose a news topic of your own (U.S. or world politics, technology, science, or business), which must be teacher-approved. You MUST do the following: Choose a current event news article (from April, 2018), provide the MLA citation (see below), a summary of the article (a well-developed paragraph of 10-12 sentences) in which you include the following details in your summary: a thoughtful explanation of your news article, the importance of this issue in the news, your perspective (opinion) on the news source, your personal perspective on the issue in the news, and any media bias. You must prove that you've thought critically about the article and can share any conclusions that you can draw from the issue in the news. You MUST draw connections/parallels/conclusions between the issue in your chosen news article and our course materials/discussion in this class. You will be graded on the Presentation Grading Rubric. This will be 20% of the 2nd marking period grade. You MUST hand in the summary and present on the day you're assigned (see below). If you don't present and turn in the summary on the date it's due, you'll lose -10 points each day it's late. The last day you can present is Thursday, April 19th. Here are the presentation dates (based on the first letter of your last name):

  • Tuesday, April 17th: A-L
  • Wednesday, April 18th: M-S
  • Thursday, April 19th: T-Z

    *MLA Citation Format (sample only):
    Gregg, Re. "Syrian Government Forces Preparing for Possible U.S. Attack, War Monitors Say." Fox News, April 10th, 2018, http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/04/10/syrian-government-forces-preparing-for-possible-us-attack-war-monitors-say.html. Accessed April 11th, 2018.

  • Wednesday, April 11th, 2018: 1. Do Now: *Choose one of the questions to answer below:
  • Why should the U.S. launch a military strike against Syria after the alleged poison gas attack that killed 40 Syrian civilians?
  • Why should the U.S. NOT launch a military strike against Syria after the alleged poison gas attack that killed 40 Syrian civilians?

    Turn in owed HW

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a new CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Read-Aloud and Discussion: Read aloud each of these news sources: "Trump Mulls "very tough" Military Response to Syria Attack" (ABC News) and "Syrian Government Forces Preparing for Possible US Attack, War Monitors Say" (FOX News)

  • When do you believe the U.S. should engage in military strikes against other countries?
  • What are the biases (preferences/prejudices) in these two news sources? Examine their headlines and the introductory paragraphs in each of these news sources.

    4. Viewing of News Clip: "Trump Cancels South America Trip to Focus on U.S. Response to Syria" (NBC News)

  • Why is it important to study international news, especially potential U.S. involvement in attacks on Syria? EXAM on Essential Terms in the News: List #2 THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 13th: Study each vocabulary word, learn the definitions and how to use each word in a sentence. The exam will be multiple-choice questions (bring a #2 pencil). It will be 30% of the 2nd marking period grade!

    Make up owed HW (see previous days' assignments)

    DUE MONDAY, APRIL 16th:

  • Editorial #9: Should the U.S. attack Syria?
    First Paragraph: Include the 5 W's (Who, What, When, Where, Why) and 1 H (How). Clearly state your issue in the news, why it's a problem, and your claim (answer to the question/your opinion/thesis).
    Body Paragraph(s): Express your opinion on the issue in the news. Include the people you oppose and who oppose you. Use facts (real evidence from the news articles/TV news clips, and give credit to the sources you use) and quotes (give credit to the sources you use). Give your strong position. Give a strong position of the opposition. Provide your strong counterclaim. Include references to literature/culture that support your credibility (believability), knowledge and intelligence.
    Conclusion: Emphasize your main issue. Give solutions to the problem or challenge the reader to be informed. A quotation may be effective (with credit to the source). **It should be two, handwritten pages (or one typed, double-spaced page; you can e-mail the assignment to hconn@schools.nyc.gov before class on Monday). Provide your personal opinions of the important issue of Media Bias that we've been discussing. Answer the argumentative question above to focus on in your editorial. Use evidence from one (or more) of our TV news clips and news articles:

    News Articles:

  • "Trump Mulls "very tough" Military Response to Syria Attack" (ABC News)
  • "Syrian Government Forces Preparing for Possible US Attack, War Monitors Say" (FOX News)

    TV News Clips:

  • "Trump Cancels South America Trip to Focus on U.S. Response to Syria" (NBC News)
  • "Trump Warns Russia to Get Ready for US Retaliation in Syria" (Fox News)

    DUE TUESDAY, APRIL 17th-THURSDAY, APRIL 19th:
    Current Event of Your Choice Presentation: You will choose a news topic of your own (U.S. or world politics, technology, science, or business), which must be teacher-approved. You MUST do the following: Choose a current event news article (from April, 2018), provide the MLA citation (see below), a summary of the article (a well-developed paragraph of 10-12 sentences) in which you include the following details in your summary: a thoughtful explanation of your news article, the importance of this issue in the news, your perspective (opinion) on the news source, your personal perspective on the issue in the news, and any media bias. You must prove that you've thought critically about the article and can share any conclusions that you can draw from the issue in the news. You MUST draw connections/parallels/conclusions between the issue in your chosen news article and our course materials/discussion in this class. You will be graded on the Presentation Grading Rubric. This will be 20% of the 2nd marking period grade. You MUST hand in the summary and present on the day you're assigned (see below). If you don't present and turn in the summary on the date it's due, you'll earn -10 points each day it's late. The last day you can present is Thursday, April 19th. Here are the presentation dates (based on the first letter of your last name):

  • Tuesday, April 17th: A-L
  • Wednesday, April 18th: M-S
  • Thursday, April 19th: T-Z

    *MLA Citation Format (sample only):
    Gregg, Re. "Syrian Government Forces Preparing for Possible U.S. Attack, War Monitors Say." Fox News, April 10th, 2018, http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/04/10/syrian-government-forces-preparing-for-possible-us-attack-war-monitors-say.html. Accessed April 11th, 2018.

  • Tuesday, April 10th, 2018: 1. Do Now: *Choose one of the questions to answer below:
  • Why should we learn about international news?
  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of U.S. involvement in foreign affairs (like our involvement in the Syrian civil war)?

    Turn in owed HW

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a new CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Read-Aloud and Discussion: Read aloud each of these news sources: "Trump Mulls "very tough" Military Response to Syria Attack" (ABC News) and "Syrian Government Forces Preparing for Possible US Attack, War Monitors Say" (FOX News)

  • When do you believe the U.S. should engage in military strikes against other countries?
  • What are the biases (preferences/prejudices) in these two news sources? Examine their headlines and the introductory paragraphs in each of these news sources.

  • Why is it important to study international news, especially potential U.S. involvement in attacks on Syria? EXAM on Essential Terms in the News: List #2 THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 13th: Study each vocabulary word, learn the definitions and how to use each word in a sentence. The exam will be multiple-choice questions (bring a #2 pencil). It will be 30% of the 2nd marking period grade!

    Make up owed HW (see previous days' assignments)

    Monday, April 9th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Choose one of the questions to answer below:
  • What was an intriguing (interesting) news story that you read, watched or heard about over spring break?
  • What is one sentence that you can compose using two of the following vocabulary words from our Essential Terms in the News: List #2?

    Turn in HW: revision of an old editorial and Editorial #8

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a new CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Mini-Lesson: Introduce Essential Terms in the News: List #2

  • What are current news stories and how can we improve our contemporary issue vocabulary? Make up owed HW (see previous days' assignments)

    EXAM on Essential Terms in the News: List #2 THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 13th: Study each vocabulary word, learn the definitions and how to use each word in a sentence. The exam will be multiple-choice questions (bring a #2 pencil). It will be 30% of the 2nd marking period grade!

    Thursday, March 29th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Choose one of the questions to answer below:
  • Check out today's front pages from Newseum (museum in Washington, D.C.). Click on "List." Find a newspaper in two different states (not in NY) and two different countries. How do the newspaper front pages compare (appear similar) and contrast (differ)?
  • What's an intriguing (interesting) news story in today's USA Today? Explain your reasoning.

    Turn in owed HW:

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a new CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Introduce HW

    4. Work Period: Begin writing Editorial #8 or revising an old editorial.

  • What are today's important news headlines and stories and why are they important? Make up owed HW

    DUE MONDAY, APRIL 9th (after spring break):

  • REVISE an edited editorial (any editorial #1-6: with my corrections). Highlight/Underline the corrections and bring in the original, edited editorial.


  • EDITORIAL #8: Are we to blame for corporations and the government accessing our personal information through social media?
    First Paragraph: Include the 5 W's (Who, What, When, Where, Why) and 1 H (How). Clearly state your issue in the news, why it's a problem, and your claim (answer to the question/your opinion/thesis).
    Body Paragraph(s): Express your opinion on the issue in the news. Include the people you oppose and who oppose you. Use facts (real evidence from the news articles/TV news clips, and give credit to the sources you use) and quotes (give credit to the sources you use). Give your strong position. Give a strong position of the opposition. Provide your strong counterclaim. Include references to literature/culture that support your credibility (believability), knowledge and intelligence.
    Conclusion: Emphasize your main issue. Give solutions to the problem or challenge the reader to be informed. A quotation may be effective (with credit to the source). **It should be two, handwritten pages (or one typed, double-spaced page; you can e-mail the assignment to hconn@schools.nyc.gov before class on Monday). Provide your personal opinions of the important issue of Media Bias that we've been discussing. Answer the argumentative question above to focus on in your editorial. Use evidence from one (or more) of our TV news clips and news articles:

    News Articles:

  • "The Facebook Scandal Could Change Politics as well as the Internet" (The Economist, March 22nd, 2018)
  • "What Facebook's Privacy Policy Allows May Surprise You" (Fox News), March 25th, 2018

    TV News Clips:

  • How Your Data Makes Facebook Billions" (CNN)
  • "Tips to Protect Your Privacy on Social Media" (Fox News)
  • "Is Privacy Really Possible in this Age of Social Media?" (Al Jazeera)
  • Wednesday, March 28th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Choose one of the questions to answer below:
  • Should social media be required to tell us that they're using our personal information? Explain your reasoning.
  • Can we avoid the government and corporations from getting our personal information? Explain your reasoning.

    Turn in owed HW: Editorial #7

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a new CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Read-Aloud and Discussion: Finish reading aloud each of these news sources: "The Facebook Scandal Could Change Politics as well as the Internet" (The Economist, March 22nd, 2018) and "What Facebook's Privacy Policy Allows May Surprise You" (Fox News), March 25th, 2018

  • What are your opinions about how social media accesses your personal information?
  • Are there biases (preferences/prejudices) in these two news sources? Explain.

    4. TV News Viewing:

  • How Your Data Makes Facebook Billions" (CNN)
  • "Tips to Protect Your Privacy on Social Media" (Fox News)
  • "Is Privacy Really Possible in this Age of Social Media?" (Al Jazeera)
  • Why is it important to understand how businesses/companies/government access our personal information? Make up owed HW

    DUE MONDAY, APRIL 9th (after spring break):

  • REVISE an edited editorial (any editorial #1-6: with my corrections). Highlight/Underline the corrections and bring in the original, edited editorial.


  • EDITORIAL #8: Are we to blame for corporations and the government accessing our personal information through social media?
    First Paragraph: Include the 5 W's (Who, What, When, Where, Why) and 1 H (How). Clearly state your issue in the news, why it's a problem, and your claim (answer to the question/your opinion/thesis).
    Body Paragraph(s): Express your opinion on the issue in the news. Include the people you oppose and who oppose you. Use facts (real evidence from the news articles/TV news clips, and give credit to the sources you use) and quotes (give credit to the sources you use). Give your strong position. Give a strong position of the opposition. Provide your strong counterclaim. Include references to literature/culture that support your credibility (believability), knowledge and intelligence.
    Conclusion: Emphasize your main issue. Give solutions to the problem or challenge the reader to be informed. A quotation may be effective (with credit to the source). **It should be two, handwritten pages (or one typed, double-spaced page; you can e-mail the assignment to hconn@schools.nyc.gov before class on Monday). Provide your personal opinions of the important issue of Media Bias that we've been discussing. Answer the argumentative question above to focus on in your editorial. Use evidence from one (or more) of our TV news clips and news articles:

    News Articles:

  • "The Facebook Scandal Could Change Politics as well as the Internet" (The Economist, March 22nd, 2018)
  • "What Facebook's Privacy Policy Allows May Surprise You" (Fox News), March 25th, 2018

    TV News Clips:

  • How Your Data Makes Facebook Billions" (CNN)
  • "Tips to Protect Your Privacy on Social Media" (Fox News)
  • "Is Privacy Really Possible in this Age of Social Media?" (Al Jazeera)
  • Tuesday, March 27th, 2018: 1. Do Now: *Choose one of the questions to answer below:
  • Why do you believe corporations and the government are so closely connected to social media?
  • Do you believe it's acceptable to microtarget (direct marketing by political parties) people on social media to influence their political views or purchasing choices? Explain.

    Turn in owed HW: Editorial #7

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a new CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Read-Aloud and Discussion: Read aloud each of these news sources: "The Facebook Scandal Could Change Politics as well as the Internet" (The Economist, March 22nd, 2018) and "What Facebook's Privacy Policy Allows May Surprise You" (Fox News), March 25th, 2018

  • What are your opinions about how social media accesses your personal information?
  • Are there biases (preferences/prejudices) in these two news sources? Explain.

  • Why is it important to understand how businesses/companies/government access our personal information? Make up owed HW

    DUE MONDAY, APRIL 9th (after spring break):

  • REVISE an edited editorial (any editorial #1-6: with my corrections). Highlight/Underline the corrections and bring in the original, edited editorial.


  • EDITORIAL #8 (question coming soon!)
  • Monday, March 26th, 2018: 1. Do Now: *Choose one of the questions to answer below:
  • How do businesses/companies/government access our personal information?
  • Why is it news-worthy that our personal information is accessible to businesses/companies/government?

    Turn in HW: Editorial #7

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a new CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Read-Aloud and Discussion: Read aloud each of these news sources: "The Facebook Scandal Could Change Politics as well as the Internet" (The Economist, March 22nd, 2018) and "What Facebook's Privacy Policy Allows May Surprise You" (Fox News), March 25th, 2018

  • What are your opinions about how social media accesses your personal information?
  • Are there biases (preferences/prejudices) in these two news sources? Explain.

  • Why is it important to understand how businesses/companies/government access our personal information? Make up owed HW

    DUE MONDAY, APRIL 9th (after spring break):

  • REVISE an edited editorial (any editorial #1-6: with my corrections). Highlight/Underline the corrections and bring in the original, edited editorial.


  • EDITORIAL #8 (question coming soon!)
  • Friday, March 23rd, 2018: 1. Do Now: Choose one of the questions to answer below:
  • Why do you believe President Trump should be impeached?
  • Why do you believe President Trump should not be impeached?

    Turn in owed HW:

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a new CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Guest Speaker: Mr. Anthony Speaks About the Impeachment Process

    4. Work Period: Work on writing Editorial #7

  • What are the reasons in favor and against Trump being impeached? Due THIS COMING Monday, March 26th: Editorial #7: Should President Trump be impeached?
    First Paragraph: Include the 5 W's (Who, What, When, Where, Why) and 1 H (How). Clearly state your issue in the news, why it's a problem, and your claim (answer to the question/your opinion/thesis).
    Body Paragraph(s): Express your opinion on the issue in the news. Include the people you oppose and who oppose you. Use facts (real evidence from the news articles/TV news clips, and give credit to the sources you use) and quotes (give credit to the sources you use). Give your strong position. Give a strong position of the opposition. Provide your strong counterclaim. Include references to literature/culture that support your credibility (believability), knowledge and intelligence.
    Conclusion: Emphasize your main issue. Give solutions to the problem or challenge the reader to be informed. A quotation may be effective (with credit to the source). **It should be two, handwritten pages (or one typed, double-spaced page; you can e-mail the assignment to hconn@schools.nyc.gov before class on Monday). Provide your personal opinions of the important issue of Media Bias that we've been discussing. Answer the argumentative question above to focus on in your editorial. Use evidence from one (or more) of our TV news clips and news articles:

    News Articles:

  • "Trump Attorney Denies President is Considering Firing Mueller" (Fox News)
  • "Trump Assails Mueller, Drawing Rebukes From Republicans" (New York Times)

    TV News Clips:

  • "Tomi Lahren Rips 'Delusional, Impeachment-Hungry Fools' Trying to Take Down Trump" (Fox News)
  • "Impeaching Trump not a Partisan Issue, says Tom Steyer" (MSNBC)
  • "Billionaire Steyer Says He's Doubling Down on Impeaching Trump" (Bloomberg)

    DUE MONDAY, APRIL 9th (after spring break):

  • REVISE an edited editorial (any editorial #1-6: with my corrections). Highlight/Underline the corrections and bring in the original, edited editorial.


  • EDITORIAL #8 (question coming soon!)
  • Thursday, March 22nd, 2018: 1. Do Now: Choose one of the questions to answer below:
  • What is one Republican reason not to impeach Trump?
  • What is one Democrat reason to impeach Trump?

    Turn in owed HW:

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a new CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. TV News Viewing:

  • "Tomi Lahren Rips 'Delusional, Impeachment-Hungry Fools' Trying to Take Down Trump" (Fox News)
  • "Impeaching Trump not a Partisan Issue, says Tom Steyer" (MSNBC)
  • "Billionaire Steyer Says He's Doubling Down on Impeaching Trump" (Bloomberg)
  • What are the reasons in favor and against Trump being impeached? Due Monday, March 26th: Editorial #7: Should President Trump be impeached?
    First Paragraph: Include the 5 W's (Who, What, When, Where, Why) and 1 H (How). Clearly state your issue in the news, why it's a problem, and your claim (answer to the question/your opinion/thesis).
    Body Paragraph(s): Express your opinion on the issue in the news. Include the people you oppose and who oppose you. Use facts (real evidence from the news articles/TV news clips, and give credit to the sources you use) and quotes (give credit to the sources you use). Give your strong position. Give a strong position of the opposition. Provide your strong counterclaim. Include references to literature/culture that support your credibility (believability), knowledge and intelligence.
    Conclusion: Emphasize your main issue. Give solutions to the problem or challenge the reader to be informed. A quotation may be effective (with credit to the source). **It should be two, handwritten pages (or one typed, double-spaced page; you can e-mail the assignment to hconn@schools.nyc.gov before class on Monday). Provide your personal opinions of the important issue of Media Bias that we've been discussing. Answer the argumentative question above to focus on in your editorial. Use evidence from one (or more) of our TV news clips and news articles:

    News Articles:

  • "Trump Attorney Denies President is Considering Firing Mueller" (Fox News)
  • "Trump Assails Mueller, Drawing Rebukes From Republicans" (New York Times)

    TV News Clips:

  • "Tomi Lahren Rips 'Delusional, Impeachment-Hungry Fools' Trying to Take Down Trump" (Fox News)
  • "Impeaching Trump not a Partisan Issue, says Tom Steyer" (MSNBC)
  • "Billionaire Steyer Says He's Doubling Down on Impeaching Trump" (Bloomberg)
  • Tuesday, March 20th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Choose one of the questions to answer below:
  • What do you believe are the main contrasts (differences) in the news coverage on Trump's treatment of Mueller (the special counsel)?
  • Do you believe that Trump will be impeached? Explain your answer.

    Turn in HW: Editorial #6

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a new CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Read-Aloud and Discussion: Read aloud each of these news sources: "Trump Attorney Denies President is Considering Firing Mueller" (Fox News) and "Trump Assails Mueller, Drawing Rebukes From Republicans" (New York Times). Identify the word choice that shows that Fox News is a right-leaning news source and New York Times is a left-leaning news source in terms of how they interpret the same news story.

  • How is the Trump vs. Mueller (special counsel) story treated differently by opposing news sources? Make up owed HW
    Monday, March 19th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Read the headlines and introductory paragraphs of each of these news sources: "Trump Attorney Denies President is Considering Firing Mueller" (Fox News) and "Trump Assails Mueller, Drawing Rebukes From Republicans" (New York Times)
    *Choose one of the questions to answer below:
  • How can you contrast the two news sources and their treatment of Trump and Mueller's relationship?
  • What is your opinion about the controversy regarding Russia's involvement in the 2016 election?

    Turn in HW: Editorial #6

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a new CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Read-Aloud and Discussion: Read aloud each of these news sources: "Trump Attorney Denies President is Considering Firing Mueller" (Fox News) and "Trump Assails Mueller, Drawing Rebukes From Republicans" (New York Times). Identify the word choice that shows that Fox News is a right-leaning news source and New York Times is a left-leaning news source in terms of how they interpret the same news story.

  • How is the Trump vs. Mueller (special counsel) story treated differently by opposing news sources? Make up owed HW
    Friday, March 16th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Why was media bias easy or not easy to recognize in the news coverage of these topics this past week?
  • The Pennsylvania special election
  • The National School Walkout

    Turn in owed HW

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a new CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Work Period: Work on Editorial #6 (due Monday).

  • How can we evaluate media bias of the Pennsylvania Special Election and the National School Walkout? DUE THIS MONDAY, MARCH 19th:
    EDITORIAL #6: Is media bias easy to recognize?
    First Paragraph: Include the 5 W's (Who, What, When, Where, Why) and 1 H (How). Clearly state your issue in the news, why it's a problem, and your claim (answer to the question/your opinion/thesis).
    Body Paragraph(s): Express your opinion on the issue in the news. Include the people you oppose and who oppose you. Use facts (real evidence from the news articles/TV news clips, and give credit to the sources you use) and quotes (give credit to the sources you use). Give your strong position. Give a strong position of the opposition. Provide your strong counterclaim. Include references to literature/culture that support your credibility (believability), knowledge and intelligence.
    Conclusion: Emphasize your main issue. Give solutions to the problem or challenge the reader to be informed. A quotation may be effective (with credit to the source). **It should be two, handwritten pages (or one typed, double-spaced page; you can e-mail the assignment to hconn@schools.nyc.gov before class on Monday). Provide your personal opinions of the important issue of Media Bias that we've been discussing. Answer the argumentative question above to focus on in your editorial. Use evidence from one (or more) of our TV news clips and news articles:

    NEWS ARTICLES:

  • "Pennsylvania Special House Election Pits Conor Lamb Against Rick Saccone" (FOX NEWS)
  • "Win or Lose, Pennsylvania 18 Likely Forecasts Bad News for the GOP in November" (CNN)

    TV NEWS CLIPS:

  • "Pennsylvania Special Election Still Too Close to Call" (FOX NEWS)
  • "Democrat Conor Lamb Declares Victory in Special Election" (MSNBC)
  • Thursday, March 15th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Choose one of the following questions to answer:
  • What is the outcome of the Pennsylvania special election and why is it important?
  • Why was yesterday's National School Walkout valuable or not valuable?

    Turn in owed HW

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a new CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Read-Aloud and Discussion: Finish reading aloud the two different news sources: "Pennsylvania Special House Election Pits Conor Lamb Against Rick Saccone" (FOX NEWS) AND "Win or Lose, Pennsylvania 18 Likely Forecasts Bad News for the GOP in November" (CNN)

    Answer the following questions:

  • How do the left-leaning news source (CNN) and the right-leaning news source (FOX NEWS) reveal its biases?
  • Why is this Pennsylvania Special Election so important?

    4. TV News Clips:

  • "Pennsylvania Special Election Still Too Close to Call" (FOX NEWS)
  • "Democrat Conor Lamb Declares Victory in Special Election" (MSNBC)
  • How can we evaluate the importance of today's Pennsylvania Special Election and understand how different news sources present the same story? DUE THIS COMING MONDAY, MARCH 19th:
    EDITORIAL #6: Is media bias easy to recognize?
    First Paragraph: Include the 5 W's (Who, What, When, Where, Why) and 1 H (How). Clearly state your issue in the news, why it's a problem, and your claim (answer to the question/your opinion/thesis).
    Body Paragraph(s): Express your opinion on the issue in the news. Include the people you oppose and who oppose you. Use facts (real evidence from the news articles/TV news clips, and give credit to the sources you use) and quotes (give credit to the sources you use). Give your strong position. Give a strong position of the opposition. Provide your strong counterclaim. Include references to literature/culture that support your credibility (believability), knowledge and intelligence.
    Conclusion: Emphasize your main issue. Give solutions to the problem or challenge the reader to be informed. A quotation may be effective (with credit to the source). **It should be two, handwritten pages (or one typed, double-spaced page; you can e-mail the assignment to hconn@schools.nyc.gov before class on Monday). Provide your personal opinions of the important issue of Media Bias that we've been discussing. Answer the argumentative question above to focus on in your editorial. Use evidence from one (or more) of our TV news clips and news articles:

    NEWS ARTICLES:

  • "Pennsylvania Special House Election Pits Conor Lamb Against Rick Saccone" (FOX NEWS)
  • "Win or Lose, Pennsylvania 18 Likely Forecasts Bad News for the GOP in November" (CNN)

    TV NEWS CLIPS:

  • "Pennsylvania Special Election Still Too Close to Call" (FOX NEWS)
  • "Democrat Conor Lamb Declares Victory in Special Election" (MSNBC)
  • Wednesday, March 14th, 2018: 1. Do Now: What is an intriguing (interesting) fact that you've learned in studying the left-leaning (democrat) vs. right-leaning (republican) news sources' coverage of the Pennsylvania special election?

    Turn in owed HW

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a new CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Read-Aloud and Discussion: Finish reading aloud the two different news sources: "Pennsylvania Special House Election Pits Conor Lamb Against Rick Saccone" (FOX NEWS) AND "Win or Lose, Pennsylvania 18 Likely Forecasts Bad News for the GOP in November" (CNN)

    Answer the following questions:

  • How do the left-leaning news source (CNN) and the right-leaning news source (FOX NEWS) reveal its biases?
  • Why is this Pennsylvania Special Election so important?

    4. TV News Clips:

  • "Pennsylvania Special Election Still Too Close to Call" (FOX NEWS)
  • "Democrat Conor Lamb Declares Victory in Special Election" (MSNBC)
  • How can we evaluate the importance of today's Pennsylvania Special Election and understand how different news sources present the same story? Make up owed HW
    Tuesday, March 13th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Read the headlines and first paragraph of each of the following news sources. How can you compare and contrast these two news sources' presentations of the same current event (happening today)?
  • "Pennsylvania Special House Election Pits Conor Lamb Against Rick Saccone" (FOX NEWS)
  • "Win or Lose, Pennsylvania 18 Likely Forecasts Bad News for the GOP in November" (CNN)

    Turn in owed HW:

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a new CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Read-Aloud and Discussion: Read aloud the two different news sources: "Pennsylvania Special House Election Pits Conor Lamb Against Rick Saccone" (FOX NEWS) AND "Win or Lose, Pennsylvania 18 Likely Forecasts Bad News for the GOP in November" (CNN)

    Answer the following questions:

  • How do the left-leaning news source (CNN) and the right-leaning news source (FOX NEWS) reveal its biases?
  • Why is this Pennsylvania Special Election (happening today) so important?
  • How can we evaluate the importance of today's Pennsylvania Special Election and understand how different news sources present the same story? Make up owed HW
    Monday, March 12th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Read "Here's How Liberal or Conservative Consumers of Major News Outlets Are" from Business Insider. Choose one of the questions to answer below:
  • Why do you believe there are more liberal news sources in the U.S. than conservative news sources?
  • Is it fair that right-leaning Americans call "fake news" more often? Explain.

    Turn in HW: Editorial #5

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a new CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Read-Aloud and Discussion: Read aloud the "Here's How Liberal or Conservative Consumers of Major News Outlets Are" from Business Insider. Answer the following questions:

  • Why do you believe there are more left-leaning news sources in the U.S.?
  • Why do you believe that "American audiences are the most politically polarized in the world"?
  • What is your evaluation of the graphs/charts provided? How do they support the text?

  • Why do liberal news sources dominate the U.S. media? Make up owed HW
    Friday, March 9th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Write your thesis/claim for Editorial #5, which is the answer to the question: Is media bias benign or detrimental? Share 2-3 reasons to support your answer.

    Show owed HW

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a new CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Work Period: Work on Editorial #5.

    4. If you've completed Editorial #5, read the same contemporary issue in a conservative news source and a liberal news source. Find the contrasts (differences) in the writing style/focal points. Here are some news sources:

  • Conservative News Sources: Fox News and Breitbart
  • Liberal News Sources: National Public Radio (NPR) and The New York Times

  • Why is media bias benign or detrimental to all of us? DUE THIS COMING MONDAY, MARCH 12th:
  • EDITORIAL #5: Is media bias benign (not harmful) or detrimental (harmful)?
    First Paragraph: Include the 5 W's (Who, What, When, Where, Why) and 1 H (How). Clearly state your issue in the news, why it's a problem, and your claim (answer to the question/your opinion/thesis).
    Body Paragraph(s): Express your opinion on the issue in the news. Include the people you oppose and who oppose you. Use facts (real evidence) and quotes. Give your strong position. Give a strong position of the opposition. Provide your strong counterclaim. Include references to literature/culture that support your credibility (believability), knowledge and intelligence.
    Conclusion: Emphasize your main issue. Give solutions to the problem or challenge the reader to be informed. A quotation may be effective (with credit to the source). **It should be two, handwritten pages (or one typed, double-spaced page; you can e-mail the assignment to hconn@schools.nyc.gov before class on Monday). Provide your personal opinions of the important issue of Media Bias that we've been discussing. Answer the argumentative question above to focus on in your editorial. Use evidence from one (or more) of our TV news clips and news articles:
  • "The Psychology Behind Fake News" (from Kellogg Insight, an online newspaper from Northwestern University's School of Management)
  • Conservative and Liberal News Sources
  • "Former NPR CEO Talks About Liberal Media Bias"(FOX NEWS)
  • "The Real Media Bias: Negativity"(CNN)

    ***You may include the following questions to answer to include in your editorial on whether media bias is benign or detrimental:

  • Is it possible to remove bias in the media?
  • Would the media change your opinion on something you strongly believe?
  • Should the media have a political agenda?
  • Is it fair for the media to persuade your opinion?
  • Can media bias from the opposing side lure you into their perspective?
  • Does media bias inspire fake news?
  • Do you agree with media bias?
  • Will getting rid of all media bias reveal the truth that the media is trying to hide from audiences?
  • Should we only have neutral news sources that don't choose sides?
  • Does the government change or cover up the real news?
  • Thursday, March 8th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Choose one of the questions to answer:
  • Why is media bias a controversial topic?
  • What are the pro's and con's of media bias?

    Show owed HW: Gun Control Debate Chart and turn in EDITORIAL #4 on gun control.

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a new CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Discussion Partners: With a chosen partner, choose one of the following questions to answer and begin a discussion on the pro's and con's of media bias:

  • Is it possible to remove bias in the media?
  • Would the media change your opinion on something you strongly believe?
  • Should the media have a political agenda?
  • Is it fair for the media to persuade your opinion?
  • Can media bias from the opposing side lure you into their perspective?
  • Does media bias inspire fake news?
  • Do you agree with media bias?
  • Will getting rid of all media bias reveal the truth that the media is trying to hide from audiences?
  • Should we only have neutral news sources that don't choose sides?
  • Does the government change or cover up the real news?

  • What are the pro's and con's of media bias? DUE THIS COMING MONDAY, MARCH 12th:
  • EDITORIAL #5: Is media bias benign (not harmful) or detrimental (harmful)?
    First Paragraph: Include the 5 W's (Who, What, When, Where, Why) and 1 H (How). Clearly state your issue in the news, why it's a problem, and your claim (answer to the question/your opinion/thesis).
    Body Paragraph(s): Express your opinion on the issue in the news. Include the people you oppose and who oppose you. Use facts (real evidence) and quotes. Give your strong position. Give a strong position of the opposition. Provide your strong counterclaim. Include references to literature/culture that support your credibility (believability), knowledge and intelligence.
    Conclusion: Emphasize your main issue. Give solutions to the problem or challenge the reader to be informed. A quotation may be effective (with credit to the source). **It should be two, handwritten pages (or one typed, double-spaced page; you can e-mail the assignment to hconn@schools.nyc.gov before class on Monday). Provide your personal opinions of the important issue of Media Bias that we've been discussing. Answer the argumentative question above to focus on in your editorial. Use evidence from one (or more) of our TV news clips and news articles:
  • "The Psychology Behind Fake News" (from Kellogg Insight, an online newspaper from Northwestern University's School of Management)
  • Conservative and Liberal News Sources
  • "Former NPR CEO Talks About Liberal Media Bias"(FOX NEWS)
  • "The Real Media Bias: Negativity"(CNN)
  • Wednesday, March 7th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Why do you believe Conservative and Liberal News Sources have bias (preference or favoritism)?

    Show owed HW: Gun Control Debate Chart and turn in EDITORIAL #4 on gun control.

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a new CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Read-Aloud/Reflections: Finish reading and discussing the topic of fake news and how it affects media bias (preference or prejudice in the news). Refer to "The Psychology Behind Fake News" (from Kellogg Insight, an online newspaper from Northwestern University's School of Management).

    4. Viewing of News Clips:

  • "Former NPR CEO Talks About Liberal Media Bias" (FOX NEWS)
  • "The Real Media Bias: Negativity" (CNN)

    5. Reflections: What are your impressions of bias in the media? Should the media (newspapers, TV news, news radio, podcasts, etc.) get rid of all bias?

  • What kind of bias in the media exists and how do we understand the psychology of fake news? DUE MONDAY, MARCH 12th:
  • EDITORIAL #5: Is media bias benign (not harmful) or detrimental (harmful)?
    First Paragraph: Include the 5 W's (Who, What, When, Where, Why) and 1 H (How). Clearly state your issue in the news, why it's a problem, and your claim (answer to the question/your opinion/thesis).
    Body Paragraph(s): Express your opinion on the issue in the news. Include the people you oppose and who oppose you. Use facts (real evidence) and quotes. Give your strong position. Give a strong position of the opposition. Provide your strong counterclaim. Include references to literature/culture that support your credibility (believability), knowledge and intelligence.
    Conclusion: Emphasize your main issue. Give solutions to the problem or challenge the reader to be informed. A quotation may be effective (with credit to the source). **It should be two, handwritten pages (or one typed, double-spaced page; you can e-mail the assignment to hconn@schools.nyc.gov before class on Monday). Provide your personal opinions of the important issue of Media Bias that we've been discussing. Answer the argumentative question above to focus on in your editorial. Use evidence from one (or more) of our TV news clips and the news article:
  • "The Psychology Behind Fake News" (from Kellogg Insight, an online newspaper from Northwestern University's School of Management)
  • Conservative and Liberal News Sources
  • "Former NPR CEO Talks About Liberal Media Bias"(FOX NEWS)
  • "The Real Media Bias: Negativity"(CNN)

    Make up owed HW

  • Tuesday, March 6th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Compare and contrast the Conservative and Liberal News Sources. How are these different news sources similar and different in their headlines and introductory paragraphs on the same issue in the news?

    Show owed HW: Gun Control Debate Chart and turn in EDITORIAL #4 on gun control.

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a new CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Read-Aloud/Reflections: Continue reading and discussing the topic of fake news and how it affects media bias (preference or prejudice in the news). Refer to "The Psychology Behind Fake News" (from Kellogg Insight, an online newspaper from Northwestern University's School of Management)

    How do different news sources cover the same issue and how do we understand the psychology of fake news? Make up owed HW
    Monday, March 5th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Read the first paragraph of "The Psychology Behind Fake News" (from Kellogg Insight, an online newspaper from Northwestern University's School of Management). Choose one of the questions to answer:
  • What is the author's message?
  • What are your opinions about the topic of "fake news"?

    Show HW: Gun Control Debate Chart and turn in EDITORIAL #4 on gun control.

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a new CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Exam Returns and Review: Review the answers to the Exam on Essential Terms in the News.

    4. Read-Aloud/Reflections: Continue reading and discussing the topic of fake news and how it affects media bias (preference or prejudice in the news). Refer to "The Psychology Behind Fake News" (from Kellogg Insight, an online newspaper from Northwestern University's School of Management)

  • How can we understand the influence of fake news and its influence on media bias? Make up owed HW
    Friday, March 2nd, 2018: Work Period: Work on completing the Gun Control Debate Chart and beginning to write Editorial #4. See details in the HW section.

    How can we understand the significance of gun control as a major issue in the news today? Due THIS Monday, March 5th:
  • Complete the Gun Control Debate Chart. You should use evidence from the news article only.
  • EDITORIAL #4: Where do you stand on gun control?:
    First Paragraph: Include the 5 W's (Who, What, When, Where, Why) and 1 H (How). Clearly state your issue in the news, why it's a problem, and your claim (opinion/thesis).
    Body Paragraph(s): Express your opinion on the issue in the news. Include the people you oppose and who oppose you. Use facts (real evidence) and quotes. Give your strong position. Give a strong position of the opposition. Provide your strong counterclaim. Include references to literature/culture that support your credibility (believability), knowledge and intelligence.
    Conclusion: Emphasize your main issue. Give solutions to the problem or challenge the reader to be informed. A quotation may be effective (with credit to the source). **It should be two, handwritten pages (or one typed, double-spaced page; you can e-mail the assignment to hconn@schools.nyc.gov before class on Monday). Provide your personal opinions of the important issue of Gun Control in the news that we've been discussing. Answer the argumentative question below to focus on in your editorial. Use evidence from one (or more) of our TV news clips and the news article: "Is This the Moment for Gun Control? A Gridlocked Congress is Under Pressure" from The New York Times, "Congress Takes on Gun Control" (Fox News, 2/27/18) and "The Truth About the 2nd Amendment: No Constitutional Right to AR-15" (MSNBC, 2/26/18). Answer the following question: Are you in favor or against gun control?
  • Thursday, March 1st, 2018: 1. Do Now: Viewing of News Clip on Gun Control:
  • "The Truth About the 2nd Amendment: No Constitutional Right to AR-15" (MSNBC, 2/26/18). Choose one of the questions to answer:
  • What is your opinion about gun control?
  • How does the media (based on the news article and the two news clips) view gun control? (Are they in favor or against it?)

    2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with the CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Guest Speaker: Mr. Anthony, History Teacher: What are the facts about gun control? What do you need to know to be informed young people on this important issue in the news?

    4. Work Period: Work on completing the Gun Control Debate Chart and preparing to write Editorial #4.

  • How can we understand the significance of gun control as a major issue in the news today? Due Monday, March 5th:
  • Complete the Gun Control Debate Chart. You should use evidence from the news article only.
  • EDITORIAL #4: Where do you stand on gun control?:
    First Paragraph: Include the 5 W's (Who, What, When, Where, Why) and 1 H (How). Clearly state your issue in the news, why it's a problem, and your claim (opinion/thesis).
    Body Paragraph(s): Express your opinion on the issue in the news. Include the people you oppose and who oppose you. Use facts (real evidence) and quotes. Give your strong position. Give a strong position of the opposition. Provide your strong counterclaim. Include references to literature/culture that support your credibility (believability), knowledge and intelligence.
    Conclusion: Emphasize your main issue. Give solutions to the problem or challenge the reader to be informed. A quotation may be effective (with credit to the source). **It should be two, handwritten pages (or one typed, double-spaced page; you can e-mail the assignment to hconn@schools.nyc.gov before class on Monday). Provide your personal opinions of the important issue of Gun Control in the news that we've been discussing. Answer the argumentative question below to focus on in your editorial. Use evidence from one (or more) of our TV news clips and the news article: "Is This the Moment for Gun Control? A Gridlocked Congress is Under Pressure" from The New York Times, "Congress Takes on Gun Control" (Fox News, 2/27/18) and "The Truth About the 2nd Amendment: No Constitutional Right to AR-15" (MSNBC, 2/26/18). Answer the following question: Are you in favor or against gun control?
  • Wednesday, February 28th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Read and begin filling in the Gun Control Debate Chart.

    2. Work Period: Finish reading "Is This the Moment for Gun Control? A Gridlocked Congress is Under Pressure" from The New York Times. Is it time for gun control? Identify evidence in favor of gun control and against gun control.

    3. Viewing of News Clips on Gun Control:

  • "Congress Takes on Gun Control" (Fox News, 2/27/18)
  • "The Truth About the 2nd Amendment: No Constitutional Right to AR-15" (MSNBC, 2/26/18)

  • How can we understand the significance of gun control as a major issue in the news today? N/A
    Tuesday, February 27th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Exam on Essential Terms in the News. This will be 50% of the 1st marking period grade.

    2. Work Period: Continue reading "Is This the Moment for Gun Control? A Gridlocked Congress is Under Pressure" from The New York Times. Is it time for gun control? Identify evidence in favor of gun control and against gun control.

    2. Read-Aloud/Reflections:

  • Read more of the article as a class: "Is This the Moment for Gun Control? A Gridlocked Congress is Under Pressure" from The New York Times. Discuss and share opinions in favor of gun control and against gun control.

  • How can we understand the significance of gun control as a major issue in the news today? TOMORROW is the LAST day of the 1st marking period! You MUST MAKE UP ALL OWED HW: See previous days' assignments.
    Monday, February 26th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Read the first paragraph of "Is This the Moment for Gun Control? A Gridlocked Congress is Under Pressure" from The New York Times. Choose one of the following questions to answer:
  • What is the significance of this article's title?
  • Do you believe that gun control will change this year?

    Turn in HW: Editorial #3

    2. Discuss/Share:

  • Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with the CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Work Period: Identify the 5 W's and 1 H in the first paragraph of "Is This the Moment for Gun Control? A Gridlocked Congress is Under Pressure" from The New York Times. Read the rest of the article.

  • How can we understand the significance of gun control as a major issue in the news today? DUE TOMORROW, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27th:
    EXAM on Essential Terms in the News. This will be 50% of the 1st marking period grade.

    MAKE UP OWED HW: See previous days' assignments.

    Thursday, February 15th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Choose a question below that you'd like to answer in Editorial #3. Briefly explain your answer.
  • Should we have tax cuts when the economy is doing well?
  • Will this budget deal affect me and my future?
  • Do you believe that Republicans will be voted out of Congress in the fall election?
  • Is this budget deal a good idea?
  • Should we increase trillions to the national debt?
  • Should we spend more on the military?
  • *Choose a question of your own.

    Turn in owed HW.

    2. Discuss/Share:

  • Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with the CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Read-Aloud: Read and review the Essential Terms in the News

    4. Begin to write Editorial #3.

  • How can we learn important terms in the news and form our own opinions? DUE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26th:
    EDITORIAL #3:
  • First Paragraph: Include the 5 W's (Who, What, When, Where, Why) and 1 H (How). Clearly state your issue in the news and why it's a problem.
  • Body Paragraph(s): Express your opinion on the issue in the news. Include the people you oppose and who oppose you. Use facts (real evidence) and quotes. Give your strong position. Give a strong position of the opposition. Provide your strong counterclaim. Include references to literature/culture that support your credibility (believability), knowledge and intelligence.
  • Conclusion: Emphasize your main issue. Give solutions to the problem or challenge the reader to be informed. A quotation may be effective (with credit to the source).
  • **It should be two, handwritten pages (or one typed, double-spaced page; you can e-mail the assignment to hconn@schools.nyc.gov before class on Monday). Provide your personal opinions of an important issue in the news that we've been discussing. Choose ONE of the argumentative questions below to focus on in your editorial. Use evidence from one (or more) of our TV news clips and news articles: MSNBC: "Panel: Has the GOP shown 'intellectual dishonesty' with budget deal?", FOX NEWS: "What's in the Senate budget deal? 6 quick takeaways", FOX NEWS: "Maria Bartiromo Confronts Paul Ryan on Budget Deal: ‘You Don’t Look Like’ a Deficit Hawk", "Government Shutdown Ends as Pres. Trump Signs Budget Deal", and "White House Proposes $4.4 Trillion Budget That Adds $7 Trillion to Deficits" (The New York Times). Choose one of the questions below to focus on in your Editorial #3:
  • Should we have tax cuts when the economy is doing well?
  • How will this budget deal affect me and my future?
  • Do you believe that Republicans will be voted out of Congress in the fall election?
  • Is this budget deal a good idea?
  • Should we increase trillions to the national debt?
  • Should we spend more on the military?
  • *Choose a question of your own.

    DUE TUESDAY (after the vacation), FEBRUARY 27th:
    EXAM on Essential Terms in the News. This will be 50% of the 1st marking period grade.

    MAKE UP OWED HW: See previous days' assignments.

  • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018: 1. Do Now: View the following TV news clips and form opinions (What do you think about these news clips? Are you concerned about this budget deal? Will the budget deal be beneficial or hurtful to Americans?):
  • MSNBC: "Panel: Has the GOP shown 'intellectual dishonesty' with budget deal?"
  • FOX NEWS: "What's in the Senate budget deal? 6 quick takeaways"
  • FOX NEWS: "Maria Bartiromo Confronts Paul Ryan on Budget Deal: ‘You Don’t Look Like’ a Deficit Hawk"

    Turn in owed HW.

    2. Reflections/Final Thoughts: What are your opinions about these TV news clips? Why are these contemporary issues about the government important to us? How does the government affect me now and how will it affect me in the future?

  • How can we evaluate TV news clips on the U.S. government's budget deal and form our own opinions? MAKE UP OWED HW: See previous days' assignments.

    DUE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27th:
    EXAM on Essential Terms in the News. This will be 50% of the 1st marking period grade.

    Tuesday, February 13th, 2018: 1. Do Now: The new budget deal allows for increased military spending over the next two years. The White House just passed a major tax cuts bill. How will all of this government spending affect our national debt?

    Turn in owed HW.

    2. Discuss/Share:

  • Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a chosen CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Work Period: Read the rest of the article "Government Shutdown Ends as Pres. Trump Signs Budget Deal". Use the Annotation Bookmark to annotate the article.

    4. Reflections/Final Thoughts: Read the headline and the first paragraph (identify the 5 W's and 1 H) of "White House Proposes $4.4 Trillion Budget That Adds $7 Trillion to Deficits" (The New York Times). Why are these contemporary issues about the government important to us? How does the government affect me now and how will it affect me in the future?

  • How can we understand the importance of the recent U.S. government's budget deal? MAKE UP OWED HW: See previous days' assignments.
    Monday, February 12th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Read "Government Shutdown Ends as Pres. Trump Signs Budget Deal". Identify the 5 W's (who, what, when, where, why) and 1 H (how).

    Turn in HW: Editorial #2

    2. Discuss/Share:

  • Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a chosen CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Work Period: Continue reading the article "Government Shutdown Ends as Pres. Trump Signs Budget Deal". Use the Annotation Bookmark to annotate the article.

    4. Reflections/Final Thoughts: Why are contemporary issues about the government important to us? How does the government affect me now and in the future?

  • How can we understand the contemporary issues of the U.S. government? MAKE UP OWED HW: See previous days' assignments.
    Friday, February 9th, 2018: 1. Do Now: What's an essential component of an editorial (opinion article)?

    Turn in owed HW

    2. Discuss/Share:

  • Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a chosen CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Introduce the "Tips for Aspiring Op-Ed Writers" (New York Times). Additional tips are the following:

  • First Paragraph: Include the 5 W's (Who, What, When, Where, Why) and 1 H (How). Clearly state your issue in the news and why it's a problem.
  • Body Paragraphs: Express your opinion on the issue in the news. Include the people you oppose and who oppose you. Use facts (real evidence) and quotes. Give your strong position. Give a strong position of the opposition. Provide your strong counterclaim. Include references to literature/culture that support your credibility (believability), knowledge and intelligence.
  • Conclusion: Emphasize your main issue. Give solutions to the problem or challenge the reader to be informed. A quotation may be effective (with credit to the source).

    4. Work Period: Work on your editorial. Choose one of the argumentative questions below. Use evidence from one (or more) of our news articles: "The Stock Market Is Worried About Inflation. Should It Be?" (The New York Times), "Democrats Try to Rain on Trump's Economic Victory Lap", "Dow Plunges 1,175 -- Worst Point Decline in History"

  • Should we be worried that inflation may result from the stock market plunge?
  • Should we be worried that rising wages will lead to inflation?
  • Should we Americans be worried about the largest drop in the stock market just a few days ago?
  • Is it safe to invest in the stock market?
  • Do we really have a strong economy?
  • Do you believe your families and friends think that we have a strong economy?
  • The news sources say we have a strong economy and low unemployment--how do we explain this?
  • Should the Democrat and Republican parties have influence on the economy?
  • Do the political parties really have influence on the economy?
  • Is this volatility in the stock market temporary?
  • Does the stock market affect my life and my family's life?
  • Should the government be so involved in the economy or should they work independently?

  • How can we write an editorial on the current state of the U.S. economy and the government's role? DUE THIS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12th:
    WRITE YOUR EDITORIAL #2. Here are instructions: Read "Tips for Aspiring Op-Ed Writers" (New York Times). Additional tips are the following:
  • First Paragraph: Include the 5 W's (Who, What, When, Where, Why) and 1 H (How). Clearly state your issue in the news and why it's a problem.
  • Body Paragraphs: Express your opinion on the issue in the news. Include the people you oppose and who oppose you. Use facts (real evidence) and quotes. Give your strong position. Give a strong position of the opposition. Provide your strong counterclaim. Include references to literature/culture that support your credibility (believability), knowledge and intelligence.
  • Conclusion: Emphasize your main issue. Give solutions to the problem or challenge the reader to be informed. A quotation may be effective (with credit to the source).

    **It should be two, handwritten pages (or one typed, double-spaced page; you can e-mail the assignment to hconn@schools.nyc.gov before class on Monday). Provide your personal opinions of an important issue in the news that we've been discussing. Choose one of the questions below to answer.

    ***Choose ONE of the argumentative questions below to focus on in your editorial. Use evidence from one (or more) of our news articles: "The Stock Market Is Worried About Inflation. Should It Be?" (The New York Times), "Democrats Try to Rain on Trump's Economic Victory Lap", "Dow Plunges 1,175 -- Worst Point Decline in History"

  • Should we be worried that inflation may result from the stock market plunge?
  • Should we be worried that rising wages will lead to inflation?
  • Should we Americans be worried about the largest drop in the stock market just a few days ago?
  • Is it safe to invest in the stock market?
  • Do we really have a strong economy?
  • Do you believe your families and friends think that we have a strong economy?
  • The news sources say we have a strong economy and low unemployment--how do we explain this?
  • Should the Democrat and Republican parties have influence on the economy?
  • Do the political parties really have influence on the economy?
  • Is this volatility in the stock market temporary?
  • Does the stock market affect my life and my family's life?
  • Should the government be so involved in the economy or should they work independently?
  • Thursday, February 8th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Why is it important for you to follow current events (aka contemporary issues)? Share at least two reasons.

    Turn in owed HW

    2. Discuss/Share:

  • Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a chosen CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Introduce the Syllabus.

    4. Discussion Groups: Here are discussion questions to debate. Use textual evidence from the articles and news sources we've studied thus far. You can use this additional news source to guide you in the questions about inflation and the stock market: "The Stock Market Is Worried About Inflation. Should It Be?" (The New York Times)

  • Should we be worried that inflation may result from the stock market plunge?
  • Should we be worried that rising wages will lead to inflation?
  • Should we Americans be worried about the largest drop in the stock market just a few days ago?
  • Is it safe to invest in the stock market?
  • Do we really have a strong economy?
  • Do you believe your families and friends think that we have a strong economy?
  • The news sources say we have a strong economy and low unemployment--how do we explain this?
  • Should the Democrat and Republican parties have influence on the economy?
  • Do the political parties really have influence on the economy?
  • Is this volatility in the stock market temporary?
  • Does the stock market affect my life and my family's life?
  • Should the government be so involved in the economy or should they work independently?

  • How can we engage in discussion/debate on the current state of the U.S. economy and the government's role? Make up owed HW (if necessary: See previous day's assignment.
    Wednesday, February 7th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Why does our government have qualities of stability and qualities of instability?

    Turn in owed HW

    2. Discuss/Share:

  • Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a chosen CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. News Viewing: Watch a clip of "Monday's Record-Breaking Dow Drop May Have Little Impact, Experts Say (ABC News). What are the claims about our economy in this news clip? What are your opinions about these claims?

    4. Work Period: Finish the Chart on Factors that Influence Success in the American Government (Democrats vs. Republicans). Include three quotes from the article, CNBC's "Democrats Try to Rain on Trump's Economic Victory Lap", for each column. Turn it in for classwork credit!

  • How can we understand the signs and factors influencing success in the U.S. government? Make up owed HW (if necessary: See previous day's assignment.
    Tuesday, February 6th, 2018: 1. Do Now: What are signs of success and failure in a government? To look at the failures, you may want to refer to "Dow Plunges 1,175 -- Worst Point Decline in History". To look at the signs of success and failures, see the following article: CNBC's "Democrats Try to Rain on Trump's Economic Victory Lap".

    Turn in owed HW

    2. Discuss/Share:

  • Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a chosen CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Work Period: Begin the Chart on Factors that Influence Success in the American Government (Democrats vs. Republicans). Include three quotes from the article, CNBC's "Democrats Try to Rain on Trump's Economic Victory Lap", for each column.

  • How can we understand the signs and factors influencing success in the U.S. government? Make up owed HW (if necessary: See previous day's assignment.

    Due at the end of class tomorrow, Wednesday, February 7th:
    Finish the Chart on Factors that Influence Success in the American Government (Democrats vs. Republicans). Include three quotes from the article, CNBC's "Democrats Try to Rain on Trump's Economic Victory Lap", for each column.

    Monday, February 5th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Read CNBC's "Democrats Try to Rain on Trump's Economic Victory Lap". What does this article reveal about the role of the American government or political parties in people's lives?

    Turn in HW: Editorial #1 on the State of the Union Address

    2. Discuss/Share:

  • Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a chosen CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Reflections/Discussion: Share your opinions (from the HW) on the State of the Union Address.

  • How can we understand the role of the government and political parties in the U.S.? Make up owed HW (if necessary: See previous day's assignment.
    Friday, February 2nd, 2018: Work Period: Work on the HW due this Monday.
  • Write an Op-Ed (an opinion article) on the State of the Union Address, January 30th, 2018 (President Trump's first). It should be two, handwritten pages (or one typed, double-spaced page; you can e-mail the assignment to hconn@schools.nyc.gov before class on Monday). Provide your personal opinions of the speech. You should use specific evidence from the State of the Union Chart. What are your overall opinions of the State of the Union Address? You may want to address one or all of these questions: Was this State of the Union Address a successful speech? Did Trump appeal to all audience viewers? What were his strengths in his speech? What were his weaknesses? What do you believe Republicans favored in his speech? What do you believe Democrats favored in his speech?

  • How can we write an op-ed (opinion article) on the State of the Union Address? Due THIS Monday, February 5th, 2018:
  • Write an Op-Ed (an opinion article) on the State of the Union Address, January 30th, 2018 (President Trump's first). It should be two, handwritten pages (or one typed, double-spaced page; you can e-mail the assignment to hconn@schools.nyc.gov before class on Monday). Provide your personal opinions of the speech. You should use specific evidence from the State of the Union Chart. What are your overall opinions of the State of the Union Address? You may want to address one or all of these questions: Was this State of the Union Address a successful speech? Did Trump appeal to all audience viewers? What were his strengths in his speech? What were his weaknesses? What do you believe Republicans favored in his speech? What do you believe Democrats favored in his speech?
  • Thursday, February 1st, 2018: 1. Do Now:
  • Watch one more clip of the State of the Union Address, January 30th, 2018 (President Trump's first). Finish filling in the State of the Union Chart. Include five points in each column of the chart. This will be count for classwork credit.
  • Was this State of the Union Address a successful speech? Explain your answer. Provide a counterclaim.

    2. Discuss/Share:

  • Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a chosen CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Reflections/Discussion: Did Trump appeal to all audience viewers? What were his strengths in his speech? What were his weaknesses? What do you believe Republicans favored in his speech? What do you believe Democrats favored in his speech?

  • How can we analyze the content, strengths and weaknesses in the State of the Union Address? Due Monday, February 5th, 2018:
  • Write an Op-Ed (an opinion article) on the State of the Union Address, January 30th, 2018 (President Trump's first). It should be two, handwritten pages (or one typed, double-spaced page). Provide your personal opinions of the speech. You should use specific evidence from the State of the Union Chart. What are your overall opinions of the State of the Union Address? You may want to address one or all of these questions: Was this State of the Union Address a successful speech? Did Trump appeal to all audience viewers? What were his strengths in his speech? What were his weaknesses? What do you believe Republicans favored in his speech? What do you believe Democrats favored in his speech?
  • Wednesday, January 31st, 2018: 1. Do Now: Why do you believe the State of the Union Address is news-worthy?

    Show HW: Share your notes on last night's State of the Union Address.

    2. Discuss/Share:

  • Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a chosen CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Mini-Lesson: Watch clips of the State of the Union Address, January 30th, 2018 (President Trump's first). Fill in the State of the Union Chart. Include five points in each column of the chart. Here are the questions we're addressing in the chart:

  • What is on the president's agenda for the year ahead?
  • What kind of success has America achieved since Trump has been in office?
  • What kind of guests will Trump highlight during his speech?
  • What are the counter-arguments and protesters?

    4. Work Period: Finish filling in the State of the Union Chart.

    5. Reflections/Discussion: Did Trump appeal to all audience viewers? What were his strengths in his speech? What were his weaknesses? What do you believe Republicans favored in his speech? What do you believe Democrats favored in his speech?

  • How can we analyze the State of the Union Address? Finish for tomorrow, Thursday, February 1st, 2018:
  • Finish watching clips of the State of the Union Address, January 30th, 2018 (President Trump's first) (in class today, we left off at 23 minutes). Fill in the State of the Union Chart. Include five points in each column of the chart. This will be checked and discussed in class tomorrow.
  • Tuesday, January 30th, 2018: 1. Do Now: What are some rules that your family has at home? Why are they important? Did you have me as your teacher last semester? If so, what were some class rules?

    2. Discuss/Share:

  • Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a chosen CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Mini-Lesson: Read Essential Class Rules

    4. Class Schedule:

  • Mondays: Reading newspapers
  • Tuesdays: Reading newspapers
  • Wednesdays: Watching TV news
  • Thursdays: Discussions/Debates
  • Fridays: Writing Op-Eds

    5. What's in the News: Tonight is the State of the Union Address (watch it at 9pm online or on TV--NBC (channel 4) or ABC (channel 7)). We'll watch and discuss it tomorrow! Here are questions that should be addressed in his speech (and afterward in the news):

  • What is on the president's agenda for the year ahead?
  • What kind of success has America achieved since Trump has been in office?
  • What kind of guests will Trump highlight during his speech?
  • What are the counter-arguments and protesters?

  • How can we understand the classroom rules and procedures? Due Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 31st:
    Tonight is the State of the Union Address (watch it at 9pm online or on TV--NBC (channel 4) or ABC (channel 7)). We'll review the speech and discuss it tomorrow! Here are questions that should be addressed in his speech (and afterward in the news):
  • What is on the president's agenda for the year ahead?
  • What kind of success has America achieved since Trump has been in office?
  • What kind of guests will Trump highlight during his speech?
  • What are the counter-arguments and protesters?