In today's class we focused on some current events involving whistleblowers and the US government. We began with definitions and a quickwrite:
A whistleblower is a person who exposes any kind of information or activity that is deemed illegal, dishonest, or not correct within an organization that is either private or public.
Whistleblowers have emerged from different government agencies, such as military and intelligence agencies (like the CIA), to expose wrongdoings on the part of the US government.
1. Why do you think a whistleblower would be willing to come out against activities of the US government even though they will be labelled a traitor and face serious criminal charges?
2. Who is Edward Snowden? What is he famous for?
3. Why do you think people seek positions of power in the government? Think of as many different reasons as possible.
We discussed student responses to the quickwrite questions and then read an article on the disclosures of a recent whistleblower on the US's military drone program. Students read the article and wrote a one-paragraph summary of the main points. In groups, we then read a few other articles and discussed the implications of what the anonymous whistleblower revealed.
All of the articles from this class are available in the "Resources" section of the website.
Chris Trompas - English teacher at the Learning Choice Academy in Chula Vista and La Mesa, CA.