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Compare and Contrast Informational (Grades 11-12)

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1. 
Pros and Cons of Obamacare

Few political issues have raised as much controversy as the question of Obamacare, or, as it is officially known, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. From its very inception, the act has created debate and argument on both sides. The majority of these arguments have been valid, reasonable, and supported by statistics. In part, this is due to the fact that the act is so incredibly complicated that virtually any group can pick and choose the facts that will support their specific stance.

The purpose of Obamacare is fairly straightforward: to ensure all Americans have access to affordable health insurance by offering consumer discounts on government-sponsored health insurance plans, and expanding federal government assistance to a wider group of earners. The Act was additionally designed to reduce overall health care costs in this country, a significant financial burden for many people. Preventive services were to be performed at no cost. In addition, most people could no longer be denied coverage for any pre-existing conditions. Few, if any, citizens would deny that these are noble aspirations.

However, the plan has been riddled with glitches from the beginning. Millions of people have lost their company-sponsored health care plans. A number of businesses simply could not financially meet the new insurance requirements. People who do not comply with Obamacare may find themselves fined when tax time rolls around in the spring. Yet, the web sites established to help them file the proper papers have continuously crashed or been inaccessible. Finally, in order to fund a project of this size, tax rates have been raised on millions of moderately wealthy families throughout the country.
A. 
What two things about Obamacare is this passage comparing?
  1. The amount of money different economic brackets will have to pay
  2. The reasons why the Act is so controversial among people
  3. The objections different groups have to the implementation of the Act
  4. The causes of online sites not assisting consumers as they were designed to do
B. 
Which statement about Obamacare is the most accurate?
  1. It is dividing the country into those who support and those who reject the Act.
  2. It was established to help uninsured people, but has resulted in complications.
  3. It will end up shutting down countless insurance companies who refuse to comply.
  4. It will eliminate the need for preventive health care for most low income consumers.
C. 
What would be a primary reason a person would object to Obamacare?
  1. He/she is healthy and doesn’t need health insurance.
  2. He/she did not vote for President Obama in the first place.
  3. He/she had government-sponsored health care insurance already.
  4. He/she owned a small business that could not meet the Act’s requirements.
D. 
While there have been a number of arguments for and against the Act, the majority of them are based on myth and misinformation.
  1. True
  2. False
E. 
Taxpayers are expected to comply with the Act or otherwise, at tax time, they can be                 .
2. 
Facing Facebook

Not long ago, the social media site Facebook proudly announced that it had finally reached one billion—yes, that is billion—active users throughout the world. That number is exceedingly difficult to conceptualize—even for math wizards, so it might be helpful to think of it this way: one billion people is about three times the entire population of the United States. Further research has shown that almost half of these Facebook users check the site as soon as they wake in the morning. Another shocking 28 percent look before they even get out of bed! Every 20 minutes, three million messages are sent via this site, along with one million links shared, and two million friend requests
made.

Facebook’s pervasiveness and popularity are not in question, yet, its impact on people is. One side of the ongoing debate unequivocally believes that this powerful social network has been of incredible benefit to all ages. It allows people to reconnect and keep in touch in a way no other mode of communication can. By making it simple to post statuses, photographs, and experiences, Facebook helps people share and chronicle their lives. Using Facebook can help students enhance both their computer and social skills.

Conversely, opponents to the site point out that posting information online is a blanket invitation to share personal details with the entire world. Privacy becomes relatively non-existent. They also argue that time spent on Facebook is time not spent on more “worthwhile” activities such as interacting with family and friends face to face, doing homework, holding a job, pursuing hobbies, and getting exercise.

Is Facebook today’s solution to staying connected or tomorrow’s problem of feeling isolated? Perhaps someone should ask the one billion Facebook users. In 20 minutes, they could share the question at least a million times.
A. 
What factor do these two viewpoints have in common?
  1. Facebook is an incredibly popular social media site.
  2. Facebook is an excellent tool for learning social and computer skills.
  3. Facebook is helping to connect and network people all around the globe.
  4. Facebook is extremely damaging to people’s daily face to face interactions.
B. 
Which statement about Facebook users is the most accurate?
  1. They do not take time to pursue personal interests and hobbies.
  2. They tend to post on Facebook most often while still in bed.
  3. They are unaware of how public their profiles and details can be.
  4. They use the social media site to share details about their lives with friends.
C. 
What do opponents of social media sites like Facebook list as one of the biggest risks?
  1. Failing grades in school
  2. Lack of physical exercise
  3. Losing personal privacy
  4. Impact on social life
D. 
Just over a quarter of Facebook users check their Facebook pages before getting out of bed each day.
  1. True
  2. False
E. 
Facebook has stated that it has approximately one                      active users across the globe.

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