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June 20, 2011
1. Trade and Your Life
For centuries, European countries conquered foreign areas and made them colonies. Britain controlled India, many islands in the West Indies, about a dozen African countries at one time or another and even the United States. France, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Portugal all had colonies around the world. Colonies were formed for a number of reasons: economic, military and the spread of Christianity. Many focused on the natural resources an area offered. Recently, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed concerns about "new colonialism" in Africa, according to a story by Reuters news service. "When people come to Africa to make investments, we want them to do well, but also want them to do good," she said in the article. "We don't want them to undermine good governance in Africa." She is concerned about the influx of Chinese companies in Africa. Find a newspaper article about trade or economic activity in Africa. Or find an example online. Discuss with your family the role products from other countries play in your life.
Learning Standards: Explaining the importance of trade (imports and exports) on national economies in the Eastern Hemisphere (e.g., natural gas in North Africa, petroleum Africa, mineral resources in Asia); responding to a variety of written, visual and electronic texts by making connections to students' personal lives and the lives of others.
George Armstrong Custer escaped death many times during America's Civil War. He served with the cavalry and had 11 horses shot out from under him, but he only was wounded once. But his luck ran out when he took on the Sioux and Cheyenne warriors near the Little Big Horn River in Montana on June 25, 1876. The tribes, tired of losing their land to settlers, left their reservations to fight. Under the leadership of such important warriors as Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, the two tribes went head to head with Custer and the cavalry. Custer underestimated the number of warriors he faced and didn't wait for backup to help in the battle. Custer and 262 of his men died. There is now a National Monument on the site of the battlefield. With family or friends, find a newspaper story about a national park or monument near your home. Or find one online. Plan a trip with your family to see it this summer. Write what you would like to see on the trip, and why.
Learning Standard: Understanding the role of broken treaties and massacres and the factors that led to the Indians' defeat, including the resistance of Indian nations to encroachments and assimilation.
3. It's Your Call
You're walking down the street and you see a bag full of money. What do you do with it? A Chicago-area man picked it up and took it to the bank near where he found the bag of $17,000. The bank said it wasn't theirs, so Robert Adams decided to do the right thing. He called the police, and it was returned to the armored car company that fills up the ATM cash machines in that area. Adams told the Associated Press that he never thought about keeping the money. "It's not my money," he said. "I shouldn't take it. I don't care if you put another zero on there, I wasn't raised to take money that isn't mine." Find a newspaper article about someone doing something right. As a family, come up with hypothetical situations in which you would have to make choices and discuss what you might do in one situation.
Learning Standards: Demonstrating the ability to make a decision or solve a problem using criteria to evaluate solutions; identifying and explaining how individuals in history demonstrate good character and personal virtue.
4. It's Free Speech
Most Americans fly the American flag out of patriotism. Some burn the flag to protest government policies. Such was the case of Gregory Lee Johnson, who burned a flag outside the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas, Texas. He didn't like the policies of then President Ronald Reagan. He was arrested under the Texas flag desecration statute, but on June 21, 1989, the U.S. Supreme Court supported his right to burn the flag under the free speech protections of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Find a newspaper article about free speech or constitutional rights. Write an essay sharing your opinion about the case or situation.
Learning Standards: Stating a clear position on a proposition or proposal and supporting that position with organized and relevant evidence; explaining the meaning and origin of key civic ideas, including the core democratic values expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and other foundational documents of the United States.
5. Environmental Concern
Environmentalists went after tuna fishermen on the Mediterranean Sea last week to protest illegal tuna fishing. The tuna fishermen responded by attacking the people aboard the Steve Irwin boat owned by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, according to an Associated Press article. It said the fishermen "hurled heavy metal chain links aboard" and tried to disable the boat's motor. The environmentalists have no enforcement powers, but monitor illegal fishing in an attempt to save the bluefin tuna, which are fished heavily in the Mediterranean. Find a newspaper article about an environmental issue. Write a letter to the editor taking a position on the issue raised in the story.
Learning Standards: Writing in a way that states a clear position or perspective in support of a proposition or proposal; understanding and explaining ecosystem concepts; describing positive and negative effects of humans on the environment;.