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The News This Week

Read this poem by artist Marc Woodward which he posted on Facebook. Discuss what the poem is about and why he decided to post it.

Marc Woodward's poem


Journalist for a day: In groups of 4, you will be working together and write two articles about a topic relevant to this course. Decide which articles to look more closely into and write one article in pairs. You need to refer and list your sources. As a starting point, you will look at this week’s news: 5 things you need to know and 10 Things you need to know today.  Post the articles on your blogs!

Edward Snowden

A consequence of 9/11 was the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security and the Patriot Act. Today we will look more into this and learn about the whistleblower Edward Snowden. Some see him as a traitor, others as a hero.  Watch the videos shown in class and in groups, discuss whether you think Snowden is a hero or a traitor. List your arguments in a padlet. Can Snowden’s  actions be justified? Why? Can you think of other people who have revealed classified material- who are they and why did they do it?