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.
Hundreds injured as police battle voters in Spain
Hundreds of people were injured Sunday as police tried to stop a controversial referendum on independence for the Catalonia region of northeast Spain. According to the Catalan government, 90 percent of the ballots cast were for independence. But the chaotic vote had been declared illegal earlier by Spain’s constitutional court, and the central government is sure to fight to keep the nation’s richest region. Catalans complain that they pay more taxes than they get back.
■Class discussion: Should Catalans, who have their own language and cultural history, be allowed to separate from the rest of Spain? Why or why not? Many modern nations, like the U.S., are made up of people from different ethnic and religious groups. Is that ever a problem? Does it make a difference if a nation’s diversity is a result of immigration or of a people being conquered like the Catalans? Can you find examples of other ethnic or religious groups trying to gain independence?