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L.CCS.1/2/3/4 Grades 6-12: Video of a current news event is presented for discussion to encourage student participation, but also inspire the use of evidence to support logical claims using the main ideas of the video. Students must analyze background information provided about a current event, draw out the main ideas and key details, and review different opinions on the issue. Then, students should present their own claims using facts and analysis for support.
News Video for: 04/17/2017

Navy Bans E-Cigs Over Explosive 'Mishaps'

U.S. sailors will soon have to hand over their E-cigs before boarding their ships or aircraft. Apparently the U.S. Navy has seen enough explosions involving the E-cigarettes’ lithium-ion batteries. Fifteen explosion incidents were recorded between October 2015 and June 2016, and eight of those actually happened on board a Navy vessel or aircraft.

Class discussion: Is the Navy right to ban E-cigarettes? Should it ban other electronic devices – computers, phones, etc. - that use lithium-ion batteries? Do you think the Navy uses equipment with those batteries? Should the government set safety standards for all lithium-ion batteries? Do you think any new product safety regulations are likely to be passed soon?

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