Author Archives: Steve Testa

Great Thanksgiving Listen

A project with NPR and the Library of Congress called “Story Corps” has recorded everyday Americans discussing life with everyday Americans ever since the 9/11 attack. They have produced radio interviews, books, articles, and thousands of documents for the Library … Continue reading

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Liberty

Two former presidents gave speeches yesterday that touched on high-minded principles like democracy, freedom, and the American dream. Obama was focussed on a campaign rally, while Bush headlined a forum on liberty with some extraordinary guests. Please take a look … Continue reading

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Debate on Guns

Due to current events and classroom discussions I thought you might want to comment further on the meaning of the Second Amendment and what might be common sense gun control without violating constitutional rights. Please take a moment to watch … Continue reading

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Dealing with DACA

There are something like 12 million undocumented immigrants in the US. Some of these people intentionally broke our naturalization laws, but some of them were children when they were brought here. These so called “Dreamers” only know what it is … Continue reading

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Welcome Back

Hello to all my new students. This website contains assignments, notes, and other bits of information that will help you in my class. Please write a sentence or two about an experience you had this summer or something new that … Continue reading

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Second Semester

Hey everybody, We are about to start semester two (Spring 2017). Some of you will be graduating while some heading into their senior year. All of you will have exciting new adventures during 2017. What plans to you have to … Continue reading

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Indians Fever

With the Indians or the Cubs on the verge of breaking long droughts without championships, this year’s World Series has been a clash of losers from the past. Both teams have proven themselves to be the top teams this year … Continue reading

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Talking to Your Brothers Killer

On the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11 an amateur film maker discusses a phone call between a man and the murderer of his brother. Listen to the story on “The World” radio program form NPR on 9/23/16. It is a story … Continue reading

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Contest Opportunities

Here are links to a few contest and awards opportunities that I have found lately. StudentCam BRI essay contest JFK Profiles in Courage Fed creative writing contest CEE Video Contest

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Immigration Policy

On Tuesday, September 7 all my classes will be discussing immigration policy. For some classes it will be a new topic and not necessarily related to our regular curriculum. For some classes it is very closely related and will enhance … Continue reading

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