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Teacher's Guide: Hints for the Active Learning Questions

History

  1. As part of this activity, you might ask students to bring in recent newspaper and news magazine articles concerning nuclear issues in the news, including North Korea's and Iran's controversial nuclear programs.

  2. In addition to Siegel, other potential subjects include Al Capone (whom the FBI has profiled as one of its "Famous Cases"), Frank Costello, "Lucky" Luciano, Meyer Lansky, and Willie Moretti, as well as more recent figures such as Joseph Columbo and John Gotti.

Economics

  1. A good starting point for material is the website of a 1997 "Frontline" documentary entitled "Easy Money," which contains, among other items, a series of readings on both sides of the issue.

  2. Students might want to read a press release from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority about the award-winning "What happens here, stays here" campaign.

Civics

  1. To get students started thinking about this topic, you might discuss these questions as a class. Why did some of the people profiled in the film seem to be succeeding in Las Vegas, while others did not? Are there costs as well as benefits to the fact that Las Vegas is a very dynamic city, constantly changing to suit changing tastes? What role, if any, should a free society like the United States play in regulating behavior such as gambling, which in some cases can prove destructive?

  2. As part of their research, students may want to read the story of Elvis Presley's life and the 1998 story on Frank Sinatra's life by the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

Geography

  1. Material on these topics is available from the Las Vegas Valley Water District's Drought Alert Web site (which contains information on the current drought) and its "Get Water Smart" Web page (which outlines water-use restrictions and water-saving tips). Also, see the Southern Nevada Water Authority's "conservation house" graphic (which shows how to save water in various parts of the home) and H20 University (which contains extensive information for students, including facts about the drought).

  2. Some of the needed data can be found in the Statistical Abstract of the United States. For example, Table 18 of the 2004-2005 edition provides data on changes in state population, Table 27 provides data on Las Vegas's population growth, and Table 383 provides data on the amount of sunshine in different cities.

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