No love for Big Brother!
This has been a tough week for the NSA as details regarding their undercover spying program, known as PRISM, have come to light. With this, many Americans have outraged to learn that the NSA has been conducting international surveillance, in the form of spying on the personal cell phones of foreign governmental dignitaries of countless foreign leaders, as well as domestic spying, by tracking U.S. citizens’ mail, texts, cell phone calls, and other personal communications through the use of technology.
This week we want to encourage students to unpack the background around the NSA and examine the recent spying controversy. We are offering engaging video links, content-based discussion questions that encourage students to read with a purpose, and to cite specific details from the text in answering higher-level comprehension questions.
For article titles and instructions on how to access these resources in Subtext, see below:
Grades 4-5: “Destroy After Reading”
Read it using our web reader (in beta)!: https://web.subtext.com/read/134887/
View original article: https://timeforkids.com/node/27276/print
Grades 6-8: “Thousands Expected At Rally Against Mass NSA Surveillance”
Read it using our web reader (in beta)!: https://web.subtext.com/read/135954/
View original article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/23/rally-nsa-surveillance-washington_n_4150234.html
Grades 9-10: “On spying, White House ‘ignorance’ excuse doesn’t cut it”
Read it using our web reader (in beta)!: https://web.subtext.com/read/135956/
View original article: http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/29/opinion/rothkopf-obama-spying/
Grades 11-12: “Why has NSA failed to keep its own secrets?”
Read it using our web reader (in beta)!: https://web.subtext.com/read/135953/
View original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24707558
See below for a provocative video clip from the group Stop Watching Us, featuring many hollywood celebrities:
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