Ms. Conn's Contemporary Issues Assignments, Spring 2018

Ms. Conn's Contemporary Issues Assignments
Spring 2018

DateAgendaAIMHomework 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?