FREEBIE: “Kids of September 11 Parents Determined to Honor” Discussion Starter
09 September 2016
In the News New York—On the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, young people who lost a parent that day are displaying optimism and resilience. More than 3,000 children under the age of 18 lost a parent on September 11, 2001, and more than..
FREEBIE: “Quarterback Takes Heat for Taking Seat” Discussion Starter
02 September 2016
In the News Santa Clara, Calif.—To protest racial inequality and oppression, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is refusing to stand for the pre-game national anthem. Kaepernick, who’s biracial, says he’ll continue doing that until he feels “like that flag represents what it’s supposed to..
FREEBIE: “Lochte Charged With Fabricating Story” Discussion Starter
26 August 2016
In the News Gainesville, Fla.—The reputation of U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte took a dive after he “overexaggerated” a robbery story in Rio. Now Brazilian officials have charged the 12-time medalist with false reporting, which carries a penalty of up to six months in jail..
FREEBIE: “Gabby Douglas Deals With Social Media Criticism” Discussion Starter
19 August 2016
In the News Rio de Janeiro—In addition to a disappointing showing at the Summer Olympics, U.S. gymnast Gabby Douglas also faced harsh words online. People criticized her appearance, her stance during the national anthem, and even her level of support for her teammates. They started..
FREEBIE: “U.S. Swimmer Blasts Foe for Doping” Discussion Starter
12 August 2016
In the News Rio de Janeiro—After calling out a Russian rival who’d served a 16-month suspension for doping, U.S. swimmer Lilly King received both praise and criticism this week. The dustup started when Russian Yulia Efimova—who was loudly booed—raised a finger in victory after winning..