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CURRENT EVENT | DECEMBER 20, 2021

U.S. Government Invests in Infrastructure

Congress has approved the Biden administration’s infrastructure bill. The bill sets aside more than a trillion dollars for short- and long-term projects, including road and bridge construction, transportation upgrades, and increased access to broadband, which will also create jobs. The administration hopes the bill’s success will create momentum for passage of the Build Back Better act, which would fund preschool and provide other support for families. Listen to the Secretary of Transportation describe some of the infrastructure projects funded by the bill and how they might improve peoples’ lives.

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Story Length: 4:35

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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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