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Topic: Homework Lawsuit


Title: Judge Tosses Out Teen's Homework Lawsuit

Source: Daily Times / Reuters

Date: Friday, Mar. 11, 2005

Level: Intermediate

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Vocabulary

Try to guess what these words mean from reading the article.
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New words you will see in this article:

arose

bar(red)

circuit

complaint

counselor

court

frivolous

judge

lawsuit

(pre)calculus

superintendent

teen

Other expressions

attorney general

get (something) done

school district

summer vacation

toss(es) out

Talking Points

With your tutor, conversation partners, or classmates, you may wish to discuss the following:

1. Do you think it is okay to go to court over "frivolous" matters?

2. Do teachers have a right to assign homework over the summer vacation?

3. Why do you think this person filed the lawsuit?
(e.g. to avoid doing homework, to get money from the school district, for fun, etc.)

4. Does everyone have the right to file a lawsuit for anything they want?
How about in your country?

5. Should this teenager be forced to pay court costs?

For More Practice

Pretend you are the boy's parents. Will you encourage him to file the lawsuit?
Why or why not?

Pretend you are the boy's teacher. Why would you assign homework over the summer?

Pretend you are the judge. What will you say to someone who files this kind of lawsuit?

Pretend you are the boy. What will you say to your parents/teacher/the judge?
Will your attitude be different before and after hearing the court's decision?

Role Play any of the above situations with a partner.

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Last updated: 15 February, 2010 02:43:16