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.
Teens taunt American Native elder
A crowd of teenagers surrounded a Native American elder and other activists and mocked them after last week’s Indigenous Peoples March at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. A video showed students from a Catholic high school in Kentucky wearing “Make America Great Again” hats confronting Nathan Phillips, 65, and yelling “build that wall.” "I was scared, I was worried for my young friends,” Phillips said. "I don't like the word 'hate.' I don't like even saying it, but it was hate unbridled.”
■Class discussion: Do you think the students were acting out of hate? Why or why not? Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Has the United States grown more or less divided over race since the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s? How are political and religious leaders discouraging or encouraging hate? What effect has the Internet had on national divisions over race and immigration? Have you ever “gone along” with a crowd to do something that made you feel ashamed later? Can you stand up to your friends?