2016-17 Discussions (Scroll down to see discussions from 2015-16 and previous years)


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Discussion Instructions and Tips

4th Quarter 2016-17 Discussions

Topic 6- LAST Extra Credit Discussion- Lessons Learned- Connecting America Past to America Present-NOW CLOSED
Topic 5- Extra Credit- Decision Time in France- Presidential Run Off Election 2017- NOW CLOSED
Topic 4- Extra Credit- Time to Retire the Cleveland Indians' Chief Wahoo Logo? - NOW CLOSED
Topic 3- Extra Credit- Bombing Syria and America's Role in the World- NOW CLOSED
Topic 2- Extra Credit- Spring Break: Road Trip America NOW CLOSED
Topic 1- Extra Credit-Trump's Budget NOW CLOSED

3rd Quarter 2016-2017 Discussions

Topic 9- Extra Credit- Mock Congress Best Bills 2017... NOW CLOSED
Topic 8- Extra Credit- The Oscars... NOW CLOSED
Topic 7- Extra Credit- Checks and Balances 2017- NOW CLOSED
Topic 6- Extra Credit- The Super Bowl and America- NOW CLOSED
Topic 5- Extra Credit- A Nation of Immigrants-NOW CLOSED
Topic 4- Extra Credit- President Trump Inaugural Address. NOW CLOSED
Topic 3- Extra Credit- President Obama's Farewell Address. NOW CLOSED
Topic 2- Extra Credit- Teen Restrictions Now in Effect at Beachwood Mall. NOW CLOSED
Topic 1- Extra Credit- 2016 Year in Review: Triumphs and Tragedies- NOW CLOSED.


2nd Quarter 2016-17 Discussions- ALL CLOSED.

Topic 5- Extra Credit: What Nation Are You From? (U.S. Culture Regions)- NOW CLOSED
Topic 4- Extra Credit: National Parks and other American Things to be Thankful for- NOW CLOSED.
Topic 3- Extra Credit: Native American Pipeline Protests- NOW CLOSED
Topic 2- Extra Credit: Election 2016- NOW CLOSED
Topic 1- Extra Credit: Looking Ahead to the Washington D.C. Trip. NOW CLOSED

1st Quarter 2016-17 Discussions
Topic 1 Extra Credit- Wild Water Kingdom to Close Permanently NOW CLOSED
Topic 2 Extra Credit- September 11 Memories and Legacies NOW CLOSED
Topic 3 Extra Credit- Scholastic- The Electoral College 101- Should We Elect the President by Popular Vote? NOW CLOSED
Topic 4- Extra Credit- The First Presidential Debate NOW CLOSED
Topic 5- Extra Credit- 2016 Vice Presidential Candidates: NOW CLOSED
Topic 6- Extra Credit- Anthem Uproar (Scholastic Article)- The Controversy over the National Anthem at Sporting Events. NOW CLOSED


2015-16 Discussions


4th Quarter 2015-16 Discussions

Topic 1- Extra Credit: Mock Congress Best Bills NOW CLOSED
Topic 2- Extra Credit: Scholastic Mar 21 Edition NOW CLOSED
Topic 3- REQUIRED (of Frankmann Classes): War of 1812 Historical Sites NOW CLOSED
Topic 4- Extra Credit: Scholastic Apr 4 Edition (All Eyes on the IPhone) NOW CLOSED
Topic 5- Extra Credit: Spring Break Report: America is, or the States are? NOW CLOSED
Topic 6- Extra Credit: US Women's Soccer and Gender Pay Gap Law Suit NOW CLOSED
Topic 7- Extra Credit: Time to switch to a Federal Flat Tax? NOW CLOSED
Topic 8- GROUP DISCUSSION for Frankmann Students. Was the U.S.-Mexican War Justified? NOW CLOSED
Topic 9- Extra Credit: Scholastic Apr 25 Edition (Saving Africa's Elephants)- NOW CLOSED
Topic 10- Extra Credit: Women Finally Make it on American Money! NOW CLOSED
Topic 11- Extra Credit: Should the Electoral College be Abolished, Modified, or Kept? NOW CLOSED
Topic 12- Extra Credit: Scholastic May 16 Edition- (Wild Ride to the White House)- NOW CLOSED

3rd Quarter 2015-16 Discussions

Topic 1- Extra Credit:Leap Year 2016- Resolutions for America NOW CLOSED.
Topic 2- Extra Credit:President Obama's Final State of the Union Address NOW CLOSED
Topic 3- Extra Credit: Careers for America's Future NOW CLOSED
Topic 4- Extra Credit: Scholastic- Jan 11 Edition NOW CLOSED
Topic 5- Extra Credit: 2016 Presidential Primary Caucuses and Elections as reported by the Media and Social Media NOW CLOSED
Topic 6- Extra Credit: Scholastic- Feb 8 Edition NOW CLOSED
Topic 7- Extra Credit: Should women be required to register for the draft? NOW CLOSED
Topic 8- Extra Credit: How should the next justice of the Supreme Court be chosen? NOW CLOSED
Topic 9- Extra Credit: Scholastic- Feb 29 Edition- NOW CLOSED
Topic 10- Extra Credit: Should Apple have to "unlock" iPhones that are subpoenaed as evidence by the government? - NOW CLOSED
Topic 11- Extra Credit: Mock Congress Best Bills (Opens Sunday, March 6)

2nd Quarter 2015-16 Discussions


Topic 1- Extra Credit: Women's Suffrage Exhibit Reflections. NOW CLOSED
Topic 2- Extra Credit: The November 3, 2015 Local Election: Candidates and Issues. NOW CLOSED
Topic 3- Extra Credit: Travel to Danger Areas- NOW CLOSED
Topic 4- Extra Credit: Friday the 13th Terrorist Attacks in Paris- NOW CLOSED
Topic 5- Extra Credit: Should Voting Be Mandatory?-NOW CLOSED
Topic 6-Extra Credit: Should Syrian Refugees be allowed to resettle in the United States? NOW CLOSED
Topic 7-Extra Credit: How About a Slavery Memorial in Washington D.C.? NOW CLOSED

1st Quarter 2015-2016 Discussions


Topic 1- Required: America's Next President NOW CLOSED!
Topic 2- Extra Credit: Birthright Citizenship and Immigration NOW CLOSED!
Topic 3- Extra Credit: Immigration vs. Migration (America compared to Europe) NOW CLOSED
Topic 4- Extra Credit: Top News Stories of the Week from the Plain Dealer. NOW CLOSED
Topic 5- Extra Credit: Should Students Have to Pass the Immigrant Citizenship Test to Graduate? NOW CLOSED
Topic 6- Extra Credit: Pope Francis Visit to the United States NOW CLOSED
Topic 7- Extra Credit: Gun Violence in America NOW CLOSED

Discussions from Previous Years Follow

4th Quarter 2014-15 Discussions


Topic 1- Extra Credit- "America as seen over Spring Break" NOW CLOSED
Topic 2- Extra Credit- Earth Day 2015 NOW CLOSED
Topic 3-Extra Credit- Drone Strikes- Time for Rules? NOW CLOSED
Topic 4- Extra Credit- Police-Community Relations NOW CLOSED
Topic 5- Extra Credit- Mock Congress Best Bill NOW CLOSED

3rd Quarter 2014-15 Discussions


Topic 1- Extra Credit- Obama's State of the Union Message: The 8th Grade Response NOW CLOSED.
Topic 2- Extra Credit- The Superbowl 2015- What do the game, the hype, the halftime show, and the advertising show about America? NOW CLOSED
Topic 3- Extra Credit- The United States IS or The United States ARE? NOW CLOSED
Topic 4- Extra Credit- Should Congress Authorize the use of Military Force against ISIS? NOW CLOSED
Topic 5- Extra Credit- Political Cartoons 2015 NOW CLOSED
Topic 6- Extra Credit- American Presidents and Candidates for 2016 NOW CLOSED

2nd Quarter 2014-15 Discussions


Topic 1- Extra Credit- Proud to be an American (DC Follow Up) NOW CLOSED
Topic 2- Extra Credit- Quarantining Ebola Health Care Workers- NOW CLOSED
Topic 3- Extra Credit- Important Anniversaries in History- NOW CLOSED
Topic 4- Extra Credit- Sports and Leadership: NOW CLOSED
Topic 5- Extra Credit- Immigration: NOW CLOSED
Topic 6- Extra Credit- Time Magazine Person of the Year: NOW CLOSED
Topic 7-Extra Credit- **Most Important Issue Facing America in 2015**: NOW CLOSED

1st Quarter 2014-15 Discussions


Topic 1- REQUIRED: What should the next Time / The Week magazine cover story be? NOW CLOSED
Topic 2- Extra Credit: What other causes do you recommending donating time or money for? NOW CLOSED
Topic 3- Extra Credit: What should the U.S. Role in the World be? NOW CLOSED
Topic 4- Extra Credit: Connecting Past to Present- the Lessons of History- NOW CLOSED
Topic 5- Extra Credit: Political Ads and the November 4th Election- NOW CLOSED
Topic 6- Extra Credit: Emma Watson UN Speech on Gender Equality- NOW CLOSED

Discussion Instructions

You can earn up to a maximum of 30 formative extra credit points per quarter by participating in wiki discussions. You can earn up to 10 points per topic, and topics will change every week to two weeks.

  • You earn points by posting your thoughts along with supporting reasons and facts.
  • You earn points whether or not you start a thread, or reply to someone else's posting.
  • You earn from 1-5 points per post as follows.

5pts- thorough explanation of your opinion that brings outside information to the discussion...and may include links to supporting web articles / features
4pts- three or more line post where you support your reasons and opinions with facts and examples
3pts- three line post expressing your opinion and explaining your reasons
2pts- two line reply expressing your opinion
1pt- one line reply

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Annenberg Classroom Speakouts (This is the direct link to the National Discussion forum for students that we often connect with our own)




DISCUSSIONS FROM PREVIOUS YEARS FOLLOW.

4TH QUARTER 2013-2014 DISCUSSIONS

Annenberg Classroom Speakouts (This is the direct link to the National Discussion forum for students that we often connect with our own)

Topic 1- What is your Journey Story? NOW CLOSED
Topic 2- What Happened to Malaysian Air Flight 370? NOW CLOSED
Topic 3- Should the U.S. and Canada join into one nation? NOW CLOSED
Topic 4- Equal Pay for Women NOW CLOSED
Topic 5- May 6th Primary Election NOW CLOSED
Topic 6- C-Span Student Cam Winners 2014: NOW CLOSED


3RD QUARTER 2013-2014 DISCUSSIONS

Annenberg Classroom Speakouts (This is the direct link to the National Discussion forum for students that we often connect with our own)

Topic 1- National Issues 2014 (Required): NOW CLOSED
Topic 2- 2014 State of the Union Address- NOW CLOSED
Topic 3- The Superbowl and America- NOW CLOSED
Topic 4- The Winter Olympics, Sports, and Diplomacy NOW CLOSED
Topic 5- CVS Decision to No Longer Sell Tobacco Products- NOW CLOSED
Topic 6- Crisis in Ukraine- NOW CLOSED
Topic 7- 2014 Mock Congress Bests- NOW CLOSED

2ND QUARTER 2013-2014 DISCUSSIONS
A New Site to Explore: Colonial Williamsburg's Idea of America - Check this out. This is updated with current events background information and national student discussions. Let us know if you'd be interested in bringing this resource into our Extra Credit discussions.
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Topic 1: November 5th Election- Aurora Mayor's and City Council at Large Races NOW CLOSED
Topic 2: Paying for Copies and Handouts- NOW CLOSED
Topic 3: Writs of Assistance and Stop and Frisk Policies- NOW CLOSED
Topic 4: John F. Kennedy's Challenge- NOW CLOSED
Topic 5: Auburn or Ohio State and the BCS Championship Dilemma - NOW CLOSED
Topic 6: Time Magazine Person of the Year- NOW CLOSED
Topic 7: Do You Give to Charity? (A National Speak Out Discussion)- NOW CLOSED


1ST QUARTER 2013-2014 DISCUSSIONS

Topic 1: Dr. Martin Luther King's American Dream today... NOW CLOSED
Topic 2: Should the United States Intervene in the Civil War in Syria? NOW CLOSED
Topic 3: Should we pay College Athletes? NOW CLOSED
Topic 4: New Rules for Teenage Drivers? NOW CLOSED
Topic 5: Government Shutdown? NOW CLOSED
Topic 6: Who is Malala? Should she have won the Nobel Peace Prize this year? Open October 14th-21st. Extended One Week NOW CLOSED
Topic 7: Native American Names and Sports Teams- Open October 21st to October 27th NOW CLOSED


Sample Discussion forums from last year...

4th Quarter 2012-13 Discussions