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CURRENT EVENT | DECEMBER 10, 2015

Kobe Bryant Retires

One of the greatest basketball players in history will end his career soon. Kobe Bryant, a professional basketball player with the Los Angeles Lakers, will retire from basketball at the end of his 20th season. He played in 17 all-star games and has 5 NBA titles. Bryant announced his retirement through a poem that was posted to the player’s website. Although there was controversy early in his career, he’s been seen as a mentor to younger players. The fans in Los Angeles have a special relationship with Bryant, although he is famous across the country. Listen to hear an announcer for the LA Lakers, talk about the career of Kobe Bryant and what we all can learn.

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Story Length: 3:55

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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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