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CURRENT EVENT | AUGUST 19, 2016

Debate: Do We Need Pennies?

It costs nearly two cents for every penny produced by the U.S. Mint. The government is actually losing money when a new penny is made. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said that the government is reviewing a proposal to stop making the penny. According to recent polls, most Americans are in favor of keeping the penny. Listen to the story to find out how United States currency could change in the future, and debate your opinion on whether or not we still need pennies.

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Story Length: 2:06

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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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