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.
Putin critic in coma after suspected poisoning
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny who was hospitalized in Siberia last week after a suspected poisoning arrived comatose in Germany for treatment Saturday. Siberian doctors said there was no sign of poisoning, but Navalny’s supporters claim those doctors had delayed his transfer to prevent the Germans from finding any toxin. Navalny has been a vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. A series of Putin critics have been poisoned in other nations while others were victims of “unsolved” murders or “accidents” inside Russia
■Class discussion: He has denied it, but do you think Putin ordered the deaths of his political foes and critical journalists? Have economic sanctions by western nations over previous poisonings had any impact? Putin reportedly has used his power to illicitly become the world’s richest man. Could his personal fortune be targeted over his alleged crimes? Have fortunes of other leaders been targeted? Throughout history, political leaders and dissidents have assassinated each other. Does it matter whether the leaders or the dissidents are murdered? What assassinations have led to the deaths of millions?