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CURRENT EVENT | MARCH 8, 2015

Chemotherapy and Kids

The Connecticut Supreme Court recently ruled that a 17-year-old girl named Cassandra had to continue chemotherapy treatment against her will. This Connecticut teen was removed from her home after she and her mother decided against using chemotherapy to treat her cancer. This has lead to a prickly debate about how old you have to be to make decisions about your own health care. Listen to hear from both sides of this debate.

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Story Length: 3:49

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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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