For Class 12/30

‘Breaking Bad’ Checks

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2013/12/23/bank-takes-elderly-woman-to-court-after-losing-thousands-in-scam/

 

No Exit

http://miami.cbslocal.com/2013/12/22/young-couples-moving-back-home-to-save-money-for-baby/

 

Medicinal Alcohol

http://atlanta.cbslocal.com/2013/12/24/study-alcohol-can-boost-your-immune-system/

 

Japan Giving China The Jitters

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/12/23/japan-has-a-helicopter-destroyer-and-its-making-ch.aspx#.UrmbunnYsss

 

Fast Food Fandango

http://news.yahoo.com/mcdonald-39-advises-employees-stay-away-fast-food-225500247.html

 

The Heart: Handle With Care

http://miami.cbslocal.com/2013/12/20/broken-heart-syndrome-really-does-exist/

 

A ‘Hailed’ Taxi Driver

http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas-cabbie-finds-300000-holiday-surprise

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Fights Break Out Over Sneakers

For class 12/23

(Comprehension questions supplied in class)

 Dog Saves Man Without a Whimper

http://nypost.com/2013/12/17/blind-man-dog-survive-falling-on-subway-tracks/

Pre-reading.

  1. Have you heard any stories of dogs saving humans?
  2. Do blind people in your country have access to seeing-eye dogs?
  3. What breeds of seeing-eye dogs are common?
  4. Which breeds make bad/good seeing-eye dogs?
  5. Read the first paragraph and find the breed of dog mentioned.

 

Narcissus Lives!

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/18/tourist-walks-off-pier-while-browsing-on-facebook

 

The Truth is Hard to Tell, But Worth It

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-better-to-be-right-than-happy-20131217,0,5791072.story#axzz2nq67iXwI

Happiness

  • Are you a happy person?
  • What is happiness for you?
  • What do you think is the color for happiness?
  • Do you think that happiness lies within you? Or does it depend upon other people and external things?
  • Can money buy happiness?
  • Is happiness a state of mind?
  • What makes you feel happy?
  • What are the three most important things for you to be happy?
  • Is happiness relative, that is, does it have a different meaning for each person?
  • Are single people happy?
  • Would you be happier with a soul mate or single?
  • Does having an animal/pet make you happy?
  • What is the effect that animals/pets have on people to make them feel happy?
  • What makes you happy?
  • When was the happiest time of your childhood?
  • Can you be happy if you are rich?
  • Can you be happy is you are poor?
  • How can you become happy again when you are sad?
  • Is happiness a goal?
  • How often do you feel really happy?
  • Are the people in your country generally very happy?
  • Are you very happy most of the time?
  • What makes you unhappy?
  • What’s the most miserable you’ve been?
  • How happy are you compared with your friends?
  • Do you wake up happy every morning?
  • Do you agree that older people are less happy?
  • What is there to be happy about in the world today?
  • What affects your levels of happiness?
  • Does your happiness change during different times of the day, week, month or year?
  • What is or was the happiest time of your life?
  • Do you need money to be happy?
  • What do you think of the idea of a government Happiness Minister who is responsible for the happiness of the population?
  • Do you think some nations are happier than others?
  • What is missing in your life that would make you very happy?
  • Why are teenagers some of the happiest people in the world?
  • What was the happiest time in your entire life?
    • Do you feel that you have to work hard and be miserable now in order to be happy later?

 

A Blue Christmas

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2524723/Jealous-husband-stabbed-wife-15-times-ran-sent-Christmas-card-lay-dying-hospital.html

 

Wisdom At 25 Years Old

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/12/13/25-things-i-learned-the-year-i-turned-25/

Reaping for Dummies

For class 12-16-13

(Comprehension questions supplied in class)

Shop Till You Drop — Literally

http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2013/12/09/Man-Leaps-to-His-Death-in-Shopping-Mall-After-Girlfriend-Insists-on-More-Shopping

 

The Rude Awakening

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/french-caf-starts-charging-extra-to-rude-customers-8998130.html

 

Chinese Smog Monster

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/10/chinese-media-silver-linings-smog-haze

 

Can’t Picture This

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2520743/Want-remember-event-DONT-photos-Study-finds-using-camera-stops-brains-recalling-crucial-details.html

 

Psycho Alert

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/12/06/how-to-spot-a-psychopath/

 

Stress

  • What do you do to relax after working hard or experiencing other challenging or stressful situations?
  • Do you think life is more stressful today than fifty years ago?

                        Than one hundred years ago?

                        Than in the distant past?

  • Has life been more stressful in the country where you live? Why?
  • Have you ever practiced yoga?

                        If so, when was it, who was your teacher?

                        What was your experience like?

  • Have you ever done meditation?

                        If so, who was the teacher and what was their instruction?

                        What was your experience?

  • In what ways are mind and body connected?
  • Can you give some examples of how mind and body are connected, from your own experience.
  • What is stress?
  • What causes stress?
  • How does stress affect you?
  • Do you have a kind of red warning flag that indicates too much stress?
  • When you are stressful, how do you feel physically?

                        Do you feel tired during the day?

                        Can you sleep well at night?

                        Does your stomach hurt?

  • When you are stressed, how do you feel emotionally?

                        Do you feel nervous or worried about the stressful situation?

                        Do you get angry easily?

  • Have you ever helped someone who was feeling stressed?

                        What did you do?

                        What kind of advice did you give them?

                        Did you listen to them?

                        Who did most of the talking?

                        Did you take some actions to help them? If so, what were they?

  • Have you ever helped someone that you didn’t know?
  • What are qualities of a good counselor?

                        Is it necessary to have shared the same experience?

                        Is it important to be an expert?

                        Is it better to listen or to talk a lot when you counsel someone?

  • Do you think stress is ever good, useful, or necessary? Why or why not?
  • Do you play games, sports or do other activities that can be stressful?
  • Is stress good before an exam?

                        In what situations can stress be a good thing? Does stress ever make you feel more alive?

  • If you are playing a sport and your team is losing, does it give you extra energy?
  • Is your home life stressful?

                        Can you relax at home?

Do you enjoy having discussions about politics with other people who have different opinions?

 

Porn Avenger

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/california-man-arrested-running-39-revenge-porn-39-234710414.html

Exams

Exams

Advice for teachers

The Common Myths of Bipolar Disorder

For Class 12/9

An Unkind Cut

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/12/04/bipolar-pregnant-visiting-the-uk-they-may-take-your-unborn-baby/

  1. Why was the woman in the UK?
  2. What did the court do without the woman’s permission?
  3. What kind discrimination is shown in this story?
  4. Do you find this news frightening/ disturbing/ shocking? If so, why?
  5. What does this tell us about the power of the state?
  6. How are bipolar people treated in your country?
  7. In Nazi Germany, mentally challenged people were sterilized. What is your view on this?

 

Parachuting Mice

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/02/21724382-two-thousand-mice-dropped-on-guam-by-parachute-to-kill-snakes?lite

Discuss

  1. What type of snake is the problem?
  2. Why were the mice ineffective in killing the snakes?
  3. What do the snakes like to eat?
  4. What other problems do snakes cause?
  5. What is the Achilles’ heel of the snakes?
  6. How much Tylenol. Does it take to kill the snakes?
  7. How are mice delivered to the snakes?
  8. What kinds of animals kill snakes?
  9. How do snakes hunt?
  10. Why are we so afraid of snakes?
  11. How do snakes benefit to us?
  12. Discuss the various impressions people have of snakes?
  13. How do snakes figure into your culture in terms of religious symbolism and myth?
  14. What kinds of snake live in your country?
  15. What is the deadliest snake in the world?
  16. How can you tell if a snake is poisonous?

 

Until Text Do Us Part

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2518006/Policewoman-took-overdose-died-accidentally-texting-husband-message-meant-male-colleague.html

  1. Why is it so hard for couples to remain faithful to each other today?
  2. Imagine a society of all singles. What would it be like in terms of living arrangements; education; children: other?
  3. Karl Marx wrote about a society in which men shared ‘wives in common’. Would you like to live in a society like this?
  4. Role play Mr. and Mrs. Crocker. Mr. Crocker confronts her about the text message.

 

En’gendered’ Debate

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/nov/30/rise-genderqueer-colleges-welcome-kids-who-identif/

  1. What is the main issue in this article?
  2. What do “queergender” and “agender”  mean?
  3. What neologisms are discussed?

 

A Testy Affair

http://prorevnews.blogspot.tw/2013/12/testing-mainly-teaches-you-how-to-take.html

  1. Do you think people who score high on tests are more intelligent that people who do not?
  2. In your opinion, are students in your country forced to take too many tests?
  3. What are the positive effects of testing? The negative effects?
  4. What is the most difficult test you have ever taken?
  5. What do you think your IQ is?
  6. Is your IQ higher than your parents? Grandparents?
  7. What is intelligence to you?

 

Obama wants you boozed

http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/2540165

“Socialism, soo…

“Socialism, sooner or later, runs out of other people’s money.”

Quote by Margret Thatcher.