Thursday, September 29, 2011

Immigration Restrictions

1.  According to Smith, the mayors of what four cities have received mail bombs?

2.  According to Pawlowski what percentage of Americans were foreign born in 1870?

3.  What is a "melting pot"?  What does each author say about the idea of the melting pot in our country?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Is It Time To Withdraw From Afghanistan?


1.  Since the war in Afghanistan began in 2001 how many U.S Soldiers have been killed?  How many have been wounded?

2.  How much money is the war costing our country?  Can you think of how it would be better spent?

3.  What argument does the author make for why we should stay?

4.  Should we stay in Afghanistan or leave?  Why?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Health and Science

1.  Do the numbers tell us that smoking is on the rise or the decline?  How many people does the CDC estimate will die this year of smoking related illness?

2.  Where was a 1.97-million year old fossil found?  What features of the creature were similar to humans and which were different?

3.  Why do you think some people might hesitate to admit that they have a mental illness?  As Americans, do we place a stigma or think negatively about people who admit they have a mental illness?

examples of mental illness include: depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress etc...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Hikers Jailed in Iran are Free (News Article)

Hikers are freed (Live blog updates)

This is a follow up to our previous reading. Click on the link above to find out what is happening to the American hikers in real time.  They were released from prison today.  Not all of the details are in.

Feel free to comment on the events as they unfold!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Death Penalty

Read the articles on the handout that I give you and answer the following questions:

All answers need to be given in COMPLETE SENTENCES!  2-3 sentences for each question.  

1.  How many prisoners have been exonerated since 1989 by DNA evidence?

2.  How many states in the U.S have passed laws that allow inmates to get DNA tests?

3.  How was the 13 year old boy in our article treated? 

4.  Compare the two article you read.  Do you believe in the death penalty or not?  Why?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

September 15 Reading Activity

Today each of you will be responsible for reading an article of your choice.  Create a Hyperlink to the web article so I can see what you read!

Answer the following questions in paragraph from when done:

Summarize the article, who did it happen to?

What happened?

When did it happen?

Where did it happen?  Why?

Write me a paragraph detailing your opinion of the article.  Did you like what was happening or not?  How come?  How will it affect you?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

September 13 Reading Activity

Read the Article:  Americans Imprisoned in Iran

1.  What is the bail that Iran has set for their U.S prisoners?  What were they arrested for in the first place?

2.  Why would paying the bail be a difficult process for the U.S?  What are relations between the U.S and Iran like?

3.  Should the United States pay the bail ($1.5 million) for the 3 suspects or not?  Why?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

September 8 Reading Activity

Is the U.S Safer?  At What Cost?

1.  How old were you when the World Trade Centers were attacked?  What do you remember from that day?

2.  Is there anything you remember about life that has changed since the 9.11 attacks?

3.  Do you think giving up our privacy in exchange for feeling/being safe is a good idea?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

September 6 Reading Activity

President Obama's Re-Election

1.  What is one thing that could improve Obama's chances of being re-elected?

2.  A recent Rasmussen poll shows that 43% of Americans strongly disapprove of Obama while 20% strongly approve.  Why do you think the numbers are the way they are?

3.  Do you plan to vote?  Do you think that Obama will be able to win his re-election?  Why?