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Articles from Vol. 140, No. 1, September 3

10 Supreme Court Cases Every Teen Should Know: Part 1: The Nation Highest Court Has Had Plenty to Say about Everything from Free Speech at School to Teenagers' Rights in the Legal System
LESSON PLAN 1 BEFORE READING Photocopy the Bill of Rights and distribute to students. CRITICAL THINKING After reviewing the Tinker case, divide the class into two teams of "lawyers." * Ask each team to apply the Supreme Court's "disruption...
1957 the Integration of Central High: Fifty Years Ago This Fall, President Eisenhower Sent Federal Troops into Arkansas to Enforce the Desegregation of Little Rock's Central High School
LESSON PLAN 4 CRITICAL THINKING The article and the timeline demonstrate how America's treatment of blacks and other minorities has changed in the Last century and a half. * Direct attention to the remark of Ernest Green on pages 10-11: "They...
Applying to College: A Look Back: Like Many Seniors, Kiran Gandhi Spent a Stressful Year Caught Up in the College-Application Process
This month, I started as a freshman at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and I could not be more excited. A year ago, I had other ideas. But I learned that applying to college doesn't always turn out the way you planned, though based on...
Courting the Youth Vote
The presidential, campaigns are putting a Lot of energy into courting the youth vote. Links to online hangouts like YouTube, MySpace, and Facebook are all over the candidates' home pages, and some campaigns have hired youth-vote coordinators to mobilize...
Going Green Talk or Action? Times Columnist Thomas L. Friedman on What the U.S. Needs to Do about Energy and the Environment
Surely the most glaring contrast in American political, life today is the number of words, speeches, and magazine covers devoted to "going green," "combating climate change," and gaining "energy security"--and the solutions being offered by our leaders...
Guns New & Used: Is It Too Easy to Get a Gun in America?
YES Every day, eight American children and teenagers die from gun violence. More than 29,000 people are killed by guns in the U.S. each year. One major reason for these deaths is easy access to guns. There are an astounding 200 million privately...
Haircuts or Turbans: Many Young Sikhs Are Forgoing Turbans and Cutting Their Long Hair-Leaving Spiritual Leaders Dismayed
When he was 14, Jugraj Singh abandoned his turban and had a lifetime's growth of hair cut off. Like many young Sikhs in India, Singh found his turban--the most conspicuous emblem of the Sikh faith--a bother. It got in the way when he took judo classes,...
Isn't the Election Next Year? the 2008 Presidential Election Is More Than a Year Away, but the Campaign-And the Debate over the Issues Facing America-Are Already in Full Swing
LESSON PLAN 3 CRITICAL THINKING Note that the United States is unique among Western democracies in having such Long election campaigns. * Discuss these questions: Does America's size--so much Larger than the other democracies cited--demand...
Life in the Shadows: As One of 12 Million Illegal, Immigrants in the United States, Veronica Struggles to Protect Her Family's Middle-Class Life in Texas
LESSON PLAN 2 DEBATE Ask students to take sides on one of the key questions in the current immigration debate: whether or not illegal immigrants in the U.S. should be allowed to pursue a path to Legal status and citizenship. WRITING PROMPT...
Taking the War out of a Child Soldier
Last November, Salifou Yankene, 18, stepped off a plane at Kennedy Airport in New York and asked for asylum. "I want to make refugee," said the former child soldier from the ivory Coast. He arrived knowing no one, and, like many of the 5,000 unaccompanied...
The Perfect Weapon: Thousands of Child Soldiers Have Been Forced into Battle in Some of Africa's Most Violent Conflicts
When he was 13 years old, Ishmael Beah was given an AK-47, ' drugged up, and taught to kill. It was 1993, and his native country, Sierra Leone, was in the midst of a civil war. Rebel soldiers had attacked his village and Beah was separated from his...
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