Monday, June 18, 2018

VOA News Literacy Lesson 6: News and Social Media



VOA News Literacy Lesson 6: News and Social Media

Read the story and watch the video that were originally published at https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/news-litearcy-lesson-6-news-social-media/4396418.html.

This lesson is based on the News Literacy course at the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University. For more information on how to become a news literate citizen, go to http://www.centerfornewsliteracy.org/getting-started/

Words in this story:

tyrant – n. a ruler who has complete power over a country and who is cruel and unfair

cruelty – n. a desire to cause others to suffer : the quality or state of being cruel

legitimate – adj. allowed according to rules or laws

erroneous – adj. not correct

manipulate – v. to deal with or control (someone or something) in a clever and usually unfair or selfish way

reputation – n. the common opinion that people have about someone or something

distress – n. suffering that affects the mind or body

lure – v. to cause or persuade (a person or an animal) to go somewhere or to do something by offering some pleasure or gain

gossip – n. information about the behavior and personal lives of other people

obligation – n. something that you must do because of a law, rule, promise, etc.

discrepancy – n. a difference especially between things that should be the same

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day from US Citizenship Podcast



uscitizenpod: Happy Father's Day from US Citizenship Podcast

In 1966, Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day.

Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.

Who signs bills to become laws?

a) the President
a) the President Pro Tempore
b) the Speaker of the House
c) the Vice-President

Happy Father's Day!

#FamiliesBelongTogether

Saturday, June 16, 2018

VOA News Literacy Lesson 5: Quality of News Reports



VOA News Literacy Lesson 5: Quality of News Reports

Read the story and watch the video that were originally published at https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/news-litearcy-lesson-5-quality-of-news-reports/4396411.html.

This lesson is based on the News Literacy course at the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University. For more information on how to become a news literate citizen, go to http://www.centerfornewsliteracy.org/getting-started/

Friday, June 15, 2018

VOA News Literacy Lesson 4: Balance, Fairness



VOA News Literacy Lesson 4: Balance, Fairness

Read the story and watch the video that were originally published at https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/news-litearcy-lesson-4-balance-fairness/4396401.html.

This lesson is based on the News Literacy course at the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University. For more information on how to become a news literate citizen, go to http://www.centerfornewsliteracy.org/getting-started/

Words in this story:

abortion – n. a medical procedure used to end a pregnancy and cause the death of the fetus

verify – v. to prove, show, find out, or state that (something) is true or correct

perpetuate – v. to cause (something that should be stopped, such as a mistaken idea or a bad situation) to continue

equivalency – n. a level of that is considered to be on the same level

Ethnic – adj. of or relating to races or large groups of people who have the same customs, religion, origin, etc.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

VOA News Literacy Lesson 3: Establishing the Truth



VOA News Literacy Lesson 3: Establishing the Truth

Read the story and watch the video that were originally published at https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/news-litearcy-lesson-3-establishing-the-truth/4388194.html.

This lesson is based on the News Literacy course at the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University. For more information on how to become a news literate citizen, go to http://www.centerfornewsliteracy.org/getting-started/


Words in This Story

verification - n. to quickly take and hold (someone or something) with your hand or arms

literate - adj. one who can read, write and understand

consumer - n. one who uses or buys things

journey - n. a trip

multiple - adj. many, more than one or two

grab - v. to quickly take and hold (someone or something) with your hand or arms

emerge - v. to become known or apparent

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

VOA: News Literacy Lesson 2: Verification, Independence and Accountability

USCIS 100:55. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?



VOA: News Literacy Lesson 2: Verification, Independence and Accountability

This is the second part to a 6 part series.

Read the story and watch the video that were originally published at https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/news-literacy-lesson-2-verification-independence-accountability/4388049.html.

This lesson is based on the News Literacy course at the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University. For more information on how to become a news literate citizen, go to http://www.centerfornewsliteracy.org/getting-started/

Words in This Story

legitimate - adj. real truthful

accountable – adj. take responsibility for

characteristic – n. a feature of something

accurate – adj. truthful, correct

forgeries – n. something that is created to falsely look real

Impartiality – n. without any interest, seeing both sides equally

myth – n. In our next lesson, we will look more closely at verification.

autism – n. a condition or disorder that begins in childhood and that causes problems in forming relationships and in communicating with other people

mislead – v. to purposely give a false idea to someone

obtain – v. to get, to have

error - n. a mistake, something incorrect

critique – n. a careful judgment about something’s quality

Monday, June 11, 2018

VOA News Literacy Lesson 1: Real News vs. Fake News

USCIS 100:51. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?



VOA: News Literacy Lesson 1: Real News vs. Fake News

This is the first part of a 6 part video.

Read the story and watch the video that were originally published at https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/news-litearcy-lesson-1-real-news-vs-fake-news/4388008.html

This lesson is based on the News Literacy course at the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University. For more information on how to become a news literate citizen, go to http://www.centerfornewsliteracy.org/getting-started/

Words in This Story

type - n. standardized letters for printing

masses - n. large groups of people

bayonet - n. Knife at the end of a rifle

atrocity - n. a cruel and terrible act

device - n. an item, such as mobile phone or radio

reliable - adj. can be trusted to do the correct thing

divert - v. to change direction, or move one's attention