Multimedia Program
 Use the Resources of Cablevision's News 12 Television,
Newsday Articles and radio broadcasts from
National Public Radio to teach
English Language
Arts Skills
  Based upon the details in the Newsday article, the News 12 video and the NPR
broadcast write an
EXPOSITORY ESSAY about the death of Jo'Anna Bird and how the
police are handling her abuse, her murder and now the investigation of the event.
Multimedia Program: Lesson 1
Further mishandling possible
in homicide case, cops say
Ben Amato | Educational consultant
Expository Writing--ELA Standards 1, 3 & 4
"Nothing good ever comes of violence."
     --Martin Luther, Civil Rights Leader
  Violence against women is terrible and preventable but it
requires diligence and serious consideration by our law
enforcement institutions. Today's lesson looks at the actions of
the Nassau County Police Department in their handling of the
abuse and murder of a 24 year old mother of two, Jo'Anna Bird.
  News 12 has the story of the police investigation underway of the 7
officers involved in the death of Jo'Anna Bird. View the video twice and
then answer the LISTENING QUIZ.
  Today's Newsday contains the article "Further mishandling possible in homicide case,
cops say." Read the story and then using the facts and details within, complete the
Comprehension Crossword Puzzle.
  Listen to the NPR story "Listeners Tell Their Stories of Domestic Abuse" which
details stories of abuse and violence in the home. Take notes and apply this situation to the
Jo'Anna Bird case."
Language Arts Component / Critical Lens
"Lawlessness is lawlessness. Anarchy is anarchy is anarchy. Neither race nor color
nor frustration is an excuse for either lawlessness or anarchy."
                                                         --Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court Justice