Looking for Answers: Making Sense of the Boston Marathon Bombing

How should America respond to acts of domestic terrorism? What motivates or prompts a terrorist attack? After reading an opinion piece on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, your learners will critically analyze factors that could have caused the bombing and then perform individual research to draft their own commentaries, using the article as a mode for their writing.

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CCSS: Designed
Pros

  • Involves extensive analysis of news articles, and emphasizes identifying perspective in writing
  • Relevant and valuable topic to review as a class
Cons

  • Learners may need some help brainstorming and structuring their persuasive arguments