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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: 05/30/2016
Judge Orders Release Of Trump University Documents
A California judged ruled that Donald Trump's now closed Trump University has to release documents that show how the company persuaded students to sign up for high-priced seminars. Trump faces two class-action lawsuits as well as a $40 million lawsuit from New York's attorney general regarding Trump University. The lawsuits claim Trump University was a scam, misleading consumers to pay tens of thousands of dollars to get real estate secrets from "professors" Trump "hand-picked."
Class discussion: Trump told supporters that Indiana-born U.S. Judge Gonzalo Curie is hostile, a Mexican and should not hear the case. What do you think of Trump’s arguments? Should a judge’s ethnicity have any bearing on his or her ability to hear a case? Why or why not? Should someone be disqualified as a juror because of race, religion or ethnicity? Do you think some people excluded from juries because of those reasons? What do you think of seminars or classes that promise to teach you the secrets to becoming rich? Do any of the “get rich” pitches ever work?