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.
Human auction in Libya highlights modern slavery
More than 40 million people are affected by modern slavery. A recent report about African migrants in Libya being auctioned off as slaves is an example of the forced labor that touches every region on the planet — including the U.S. Modern slavery is described as a form of exploitation where a person can't leave for a number of reasons, including threats of violence.
■Class discussion: Can you find examples in the news of people being enslaved? Which nations have the most slaves? How are modern slaves being used? What goods and services are slaves producing? Would you be willing to boycott goods produced by slaves? What about boycotting nations that don’t do more to end slavery? Who are the people most likely to become victims of slavery?