Pract The Facts Week 1 Lesson

Pract The Facts 

Week 1.  How Do I Pract The Facts?


 In this session you will learn what it means to Pract The Facts. You will also review search techniques for the Internet.


Chapter 1. Read how to Pract The Facts.  Read how to search the internet

Chapter 1

Pract The Facts:

Has Barack Obama Done Enough For African Americans During His Presidency?


The election for 2016 is over but remaining are many controversial observations that continue to haunt outgoing President Obama.  One major issue that has been woven through his presidency is that he has not done enough for black people.  Both black and white commentators and politicians have used this as a way to dampen the president’s legacy.  Below we have two quotes…one by Donald Trump made during his election campaign and another by African American talk show host Tavis Smiley.   Is there any validity to these comments that can be supported by facts? Pract The facts on these comments and  come to your own conclusions on their validity.

Pract The Facts

Read the quote below.  Do the research to determine if the quote is factually correct.  After you have done your research prepare a summary citing your research detailing your view on the accuracy of the quote. After you make your decision decide what action you can take with respect to the issue

The Quotes:

"He has done nothing for African Americans. You look at what's gone on with their income levels. You look at what's gone on with their youth. I thought that he would be a great cheerleader for this country. I thought he'd do a fabulous job for the African-American citizens of this country. He has done nothing," Trump said.

"They have problems now in terms of unemployment numbers, look at their unemployment numbers. And you have— here you have a black president who's done very poorly for the African Americans of this country," Trump added.

Tavis Smiley an African American Commentator has also said similar things about the president.

Tavis Smiley:” I’m not sure we are and I think ultimately the president missed a moment… On every leading economic issue, in the leading economic issues Black Americans have lost ground in every one of those leading categories. So in the last ten years it hasn’t been good for black folk. This is the president’s most loyal constituency that didn’t gain any ground in that period.”


Short Essay Questions:

  1. After doing your research write a summary on the conclusion you have come too with respect to the accuracy of the quote? Include at least 3 sources to support your conclusion. At least one article should be one not included in the resource list.
  2.  What search terms did you use to find the article not included in the resource list?


Comment Challenge:

  1. Go to one of your sources and list at least 10 comments on the article. Identify the ones supported by the facts and not supported by the facts. Based on your research how many are in agreement with your finding on the subject?  How many do you think are wrong in their assessment?

 Social Media Challenge:

  1. Go to a social media site and find 10 posts which are related to this topic.  List them for this assignment. Identify the ones which are supported by facts and not supported by facts.  Based on your research how many are in agreement with your finding on the subject?  How many do you think are wrong in their assessment?

Call To Action:

Based on your research what actions do you think you can take with respect to this issue?  Why do you think this would be effective? Find at least one article to support your decision.

Article Challenge

Review the articles on the resource page. Find 3 articles related to the subject  that are not supported by any facts. 

Video Challenge:

Find a video on this topic.  Find one where they used a source and one where they did not on this topic.

Look at or listen to a talk radio show. (This could be done in class.)  List one example of a topic that was discussed that you think you should Pract The Facts.

Do The Math

Look at the chart by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on the unemployment rate of African Americans.

From the chart answer the following Questions:

  1.  What was the difference between the unemployment rate as a whole and the unemployment rate for African Americans?
  2. Which states had the highest unemployment rate for African Americans?
  3. Which states had the lowest unemployment rate for African Americans?
  4. Which states had the highest and lowest unemployment rate for African Americans?

Review the following chart at the link below:

  1. What is the unemployment rate for 16-19 year olds by race? Which race has the highest and lowest unemployment rate?
  2. What period is being measured in this chart?
  3. What does the note at the end of this chart tell you about this data?

Review the following chart:



  1. What was the increase in the Black unemployment rate between 1954 and 1983?
  2. What years show the longest downtrend in the total unemployment rate?
  3. What years show the smallest differences in the unemployment rates?





Short Essay

10th Grade…………….100 words…..1 reference

11th Grade……………..200 words….2 references

12th Grade and above……………..300 words....3 references

Discussion Questions

10th grade……………50 words….….1 reference

11th grade…………….75 words……..1 reference

12th grade and above…………….100 words…...1 reference


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