, week of
Dec. 02, 2013
1. U.S. Crushes Ivory Tusks
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has destroyed about six tons of elephant ivory, as a reminder to poachers that the nation has a zero-tolerance policy toward the illegal ivory trade. Seized by the agency over the last two decades, the tusks (worth about $12 million, by one estimate) were crushed at Rocky Mountain National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado. Poaching has created a decline in the populations of Asian and African elephants. The demand for ivory is high in Asia, but there are also buyers in this country and others. Last year, owners of two Manhattan jewelry shops were convicted of selling ivory in New York City. Cracking down on the illegal ivory trade is one way to protect endangered elephants. In the newspaper or online, find another endangered species. Write a paragraph detailing steps that could be taken to protect this other endangered species.
Common Core State Standards: Producing clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization and style are appropriate to the task; citing specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions.
2. Civil Rights
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested after refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white person. In groups, use the newspaper, Internet and other sources to make a presentation to the class explaining what impact her action had in the civil rights movement and in American history. After all the groups have presented, discuss what similarities and differences there were among the presentations. Summarize the things groups stressed most in the style of a newspaper or newspaper story.
Common Core State Standards: Citing specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions; engaging effectively in a range of collaborative discussions.
3. Boys & Eating Disorders
Eating disorders have long been considered a problem primarily for girls, but a new study has found they are more common in males than previously realized. The study discovered that 17.9 percent of teenage boys are highly concerned about weight and physique, and are more likely to participate in risky behaviors such as unwise eating, drug use or binge drinking. Researchers found that boys’ concerns are more concentrated on muscularity than thinness, which obsesses many girls. Some boys are using “unhealthy methods to achieve the physique they desire,” the researchers report in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Many health and fitness issues affect teens and preteens. In the newspaper or online, find a story about such an issue that affects students your age. Use what you find to create a Facebook page to educate teens and preteens about the issue. Detail what text and images you would use on your page.
Common Core State Standards: Integrating information presented in different media or formats to develop a coherent understanding of a topic; using drawings or visual displays when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or points; conducting short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
4. Ballpark at Slave-Sale Site?
Richmond, Virginia, is planning to build a minor-league baseball park, and protesters say it would be a desecration. That’s because the park would be built on the former site of a slave market and a cemetery for slaves. Thousands of people were sold into bondage at the slave market, which was once the second largest in the United States. The 7,200-seat ballpark would be part of a $200 million development program in the neighborhood and would provide a home to the Richmond Flying Squirrels, an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Richmond’s mayor, a black clergyman, said the park would include a $30 million memorial and generate badly needed jobs. The development, targeted for completion in 2016, requires City Council approval. Many sites have historic significance, and sometimes plans to develop them cause controversy. As a class, discuss how much communities should weigh the history of sites when considering whether to allow modern development. Then write a short letter to the editor, expressing your view on whether the Richmond ballpark should be allowed on the slave-market site.
Common Core State Standards: Engaging effectively in a range of collaborative discussions; writing opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.?
5. Key to a Knee Injury
It’s hard to believe that any part of the human body had not yet been discovered, but two Belgian surgeons have identified a previously unfamiliar ligament in the knee. It’s a fibrous band running from the outer side of the thigh bone to the shin bone. Building on the work of other surgeons, the Belgian duo suggests in Journal of Anatomy that this ligament plays an important protective role as people twist and change direction, and may play a part in one of the most common sports injuries — the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. Sports injuries often make news because they can have huge impact on athletes and their teams. In the newspaper, find a story involving an injury sustained by an athlete playing a team sport. Write a summary of the injury and its treatment, how long the athlete is expected to be out and the impact of the injury on the prospects for the team.
Common Core State Standards: Writing informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly; citing specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions.
A-1 Striping & Pavement
Ace Fence & Supply
Alcoa Fastening Systems
Animal Hospital of Waco
Bird Kultgen Ford
Brazos Higher Education
Brazos Valley Equipment
Comet Cleaners - 1216 Speight Ave.
ExtraCo Banks, N.A.
Fallas Automation, Inc.
First National Bank of Bosque County
First University Credit Union
Golden Books Exchange
Healer Printing & Office Supply
Holiday Inn Express Hotels & Suites
James R. & Nell Hawkins
Marathon Norco Aerospace, Inc.
Member's Choice Federal Credit Union
National Lloyd Insurance
Northern & Nye Printing Office
Olive Isis Thompson Connally
Owens Illinois Glass Company, Inc.
Rick Abbe Financial
Snap-ee Convenience Store/Lube & Service Center
State Farm Insurance – Agent Jim Baker
Texas State Technical College
Waco Federal Credit Union
Wells Fargo Bank