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.
The youngest Americans are the loneliest
A survey of 20,000 adults found that more than half (54 percent) said they always or sometimes feel like no one knows them well. Just under half report sometimes or always feeling alone (46 percent) or left out (47 percent). But this might be the most surprising finding: Generation Z (young adults 18-22) have a total average loneliness score of 48.3 — making them the loneliest generation. The least lonely group was the oldest group.
■Class discussion: How often do you feel lonely? Does worrying about what other people think of you make it harder to open up to them? Do you think using social media makes it easier or harder to make friends? Why? Why do you think younger people are generally lonelier than older people? Does experience make it easier to make friends? Do you ever go out of your way to talk to someone who looks lonely?