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ELA Multimedia Program - Lesson 3
Bailing Smarter and Faster
Rachel Maddow Interviews Paul Krugman

Ben Amato | Educational consultant
Expository Writing - ELA Standards 1, 3 and 4

“Lack of money is the root of all evil."
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

Our nation is in the midst of economic turmoil matched only by the Great Depression of the 1920's.  Today's lesson looks at the
Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman and his opinions about the monetary mess we all find ourselves in.

                    Television Component

The Rachel Maddow Show
on MSNBC had an interview with economist Paul Krugman.  
View the video and then answer the Multiple Choice questions.  
To assist you in finding the correct answers, read the transcript of the interview
for the specific details.

                  Newspaper Component

Today's Newsday contains the article "$250B of bailout headed to banks."  
Read this story and then using the facts and details from both the article
and Paul Krugman story and  interview, complete the Comprehension Crossword Puzzle.

               Radio Component

National Public Radio
has a story titled "European Rescue Plan Being Ironed Out In Brussels."
European Union leaders are meeting in Brussels, just days after injecting billions of dollars
into the financial system to loosen the credit market and bailout banks. The plan, involving
15 Eurozone countries, will be ironed out.

Before starting your essay, listen to this radio program to broaden your
understanding on the topic of corporal punishment.

Language Arts Component Critical Lens

"The safest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it in your pocket."
Kin Hubbard (1868 - 1930)

Love may make the world go round but without money, everything seems to be grinding to a stop.  
Using the information you derived from the interview, article and radio broadcast, write an
EXPOSITORY ESSAY on the State of our Economy.


Based upon the details in the article, the video clip and your own feelings about discipline,
write an EXPOSITORY ESSAY about Corporal Punishment as a method of raising children.

The Nature and Structure of an EXPOSITORY ESSAY

An EXPOSITORY ESSAY is a form of writing in which things are explained and described. The goal of this style is to inform the
reader of some event, issue or discovery. Typical of all formal styles of writing, this essay will follow a set pattern of 3 paragraphs.


Expository essays begin with the TOPIC, where in short, direct sentences the issue or event is explained. Details about the
SETTING and CAST are presented next. These sentences tell WHO the major players are and WHERE the story is being played
out. The final sentence of this section is where the writer presents his/her OPINION on the issue. This is a "grabber" that makes
the reader want to read the rest of the essay.


This section concerns the details of the story. Using the information from the article and the video, the writer should present the
facts in a strong, direct manner. It is best to arrange details in an ORDER OF IMPORTANCE. Place the more significant details at
the start of the essay and the lesser ones later in the paragraph. The aim of an expository essay is to inform the reader, but the
writer should also try to bring the reader to their opinion by using logic and the evidence.


The final section of an expository essay should drive home the opinion of the writer. Repeat the TOPIC in a short, clear phrase
and then answer a few questions expressing your own thoughts on the situation. What is happening to America's economy? Why
is the actions of Wall Street and the banks important? End this section with a look to the future.  Where is the nation's and world's
economy going?
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