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Common Core State Standard 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: 12/07/2015
Obama: 'This was an act of terrorism'
President Obama said Sunday that the threat of terrorism to the United States has evolved into a new phase in the wake of recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif. He outlined U.S. actions against the Islamic State and other militant groups. But, he said it was very difficult to prevent lone-wolf attacks by “self-radicalized” terrorists. The president also warned that anti-Muslim rhetoric only helps radical groups attract recruits, and he repeated his call for gun control.
Class discussion: Has the president or any of his opponents presented a plausible plan for preventing an attack like the one in San Bernardino? Is there any way to stop attacks by a “lone wolf”? Do you think all the talk assailing Islam helps radicalize some people? Would defeating the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq stop terrorism? Why or why not? Have relaxed gun laws and growing gun sales reduced the number of shooting attacks in the United States? Does fear generated by mass shootings boost profits of gun makers and dealers?