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.
Shooting at Los Angeles school was an accident
Police said a semiautomatic handgun in a 12-year-girl’s backpack accidentally fired inside a Los Angeles middle school, leaving two students with gunshot wounds and three others with injuries from flying debris. The bullet struck a girl in the wrist before striking a boy in the head. The wounded boy was hospitalized in serious but stable condition and girl was listed in fair condition. The 12-year-old was arrested and faces several charges.
■Class discussion: How many school shootings have already occurred this year? Do you think a shooting could ever happen at your school? Why or why not? Some lawmakers want to allow teachers and other civilians to carry guns in schools. Would that make schools safer or more dangerous? Is it easy or difficult for young people to get guns? How many children are killed by guns each year? If you had the power, what would you do to reduce gun violence?