Activities and Questions based on the November 11, 2022 – November 17, 2022 issue
Teachers, Homeschool Parents & Students, if you have any suggestions or ideas for these teacher guides please email Sarah Nachin – [email protected] or Christina Ottersbach – [email protected].
Social Studies activity for High School: (SS.912.A.7.6 – Assess key figures and organizations in shaping the Civil Rights Movement.)
Read the article about Herbert Paul Douglas III on page A-1. Then write an essay describing how attending Tuskegee University, a historically black university, and his involvement in the Selma, Alabama march might have influenced his later involvement in the Civil Rights movement. Your essay should be at least 400 words.
Extra Credit Assignment: Write an essay of at least 400 words comparing and contrasting the philosophy and actions of the Black Power movement and the movements of people like Martin Luther King, Jr.
Critical Thinking activity for High School: (SS.912.W.6.3 – Compare the philosophies of capitalism, socialism, and communism as described by Adam Smith, Robert Owen, and Karl Marx.)
Read the editorial on pg. A-10 by Lawrence W. Reed. Research the term “modern welfare state” Then, research Otto von Bismarck on the internet or in a history book. Write an essay of 475 words or more explaining whether or not you agree or disagree with Mr. Reed and why. In the essay also include a brief description of the principal tenets of capitalism, socialism and communism. As always, if you quote something directly from any source be sure it’s not more than one or two sentences and put quotation marks around the sentences. Also, note where you got your information (the website address or the name of the article or book.)
Extra Credit Assignment: Write an essay of at least 400 words describing the history of welfare and social reforms in the United States from 1929 to the 1980s
Vocabulary & Grammar activity for Middle School (ELA.6.V.1.3 – Use context clues, figurative language, word relationships, reference materials, and/or background knowledge to determine the meaning of multiple-meaning and unknown words and phrases, appropriate to grade level.)
Read the article on B-6 about the endangered primate sanctuary. Write a short definition or synonym for the following words using the context or the way they are used in the sentence. Also write down what part of speech (noun, verb, adjective, etc.) the word is by how it is used in the sentence. Each part of the correct answer is worth 5 points. (5 points for figuring out the meaning & 5 points for figuring out the part of speech) If you have to find the answer in the dictionary deduct 1 point for every answer you have to look up.
Extra Credit Assignment #1: Write a sentence using a different form of the word than the one in the article. For example, if the word is an adjective like “rosy,” change it to a noun – “rose” and then use that word in an original sentence.
Extra Credit Assignment #2: Write one to three paragraphs (or more) using this week’s vocabulary words or a form of the word. You can use as many or as few of the words as you like; however, your paragraphs must make sense. In other words, don’t just write sentences that don’t go together to discuss a topic or create a story.
Social Studies activity for Middle School: (SS.912.C.2.2 – Evaluate the importance of political participation and civic participation)
Read the article on page A-1 about Wayne Dukes. Summarize the article and then state why Mr. Dukes’ service as a county commissioner exemplifies the importance of political and civic participation. Your essay should be at least 400 words. If you quote something directly from any resource be sure it’s not more than one or two sentences and put quotation marks around the sentences. Also, note where you got your information (the website address or the name of the article or book.)
Extra Credit Assignment: Write an essay of at least 350 words describing what office you would like to run for, why you would like to run for that office, and one thing you’d do if you were elected.
English Language Arts activity for Elementary School: (ELA.1.R.2.2 – Identify the topic of and relevant details in a text.)
Read the article on page B-1 about bringing foster kids joy. In one or two sentences explain what the main idea of the article is. Then, write an essay of at least 275 words summarizing the article. Be sure to include the important details at the beginning, middle, and end of the article.
Extra Credit Assignment: Write an essay of 250 words or more describing something you could do as a young person to help someone who is not as fortunate as you are to have a better Christmas.
Social Studies activity for Elementary School: (SS.1.A.2.2 – Compare life now to life in the past.)
Read the article on pg. B-7 about 107-year-old Rosa Cole Ingram-Brown. Imagine that you were born in 1915. How would life have been different when you were a young person? What would you do for fun back then? What would transportation be like? How would school be different? Your essay should be at least 300 words. As always, if you quote something from any resource be sure it’s not more than one or two sentences and put quotation marks around the sentences. Also, note where you got your information (the website address or the name of the article or book.)
Anyone wishing to submit any of your compositions from this week to the newspaper for us to consider publishing, please email to [email protected] or [email protected]. Be sure and include your name, age, grade level, and school that you attend.