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Part 1: Non-Fiction Text

$\blacktriangleright\;$ Thema:
Alison Flood, "My Parents Open Carry" (The Guardian, Monday, 4th August, 2014).
#newspaper#article
1.
Comprehension
Summarize the article.
#summary
2.
Analysis
Analyse the effect the article aims to achieve with regard to the controversial issue of gun control in the US and how this effect is generated.
#analysis
Choose one of the following assignments.

3.1
Comment
Assess the extent to which the culture wars within the US are tearing the country apart. Refer to both this article and your coursework in your answer.
3.2
Imagine you are spending a year in an American family, the Fosters, in rural Michigan. A few nights ago, you noticed your host mum Tina reading from "My parents Open Carry" to your 6-year-old host sister Catherine. The next day you find the book in your school library and inspect it more closely. Afterwards you decide to write an e-mail to John Peters, your personal tutor at your high-school, in which you express your views on the surprising cultural differences within the US against the background of your own experiences in Germany.

Write that e-mail.
#comment#creativewriting

Culture Wars - Tearing Apart in the US?

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Sporting a cover image of a blue-eyed family with guns clipped to their belts, a new American children's picture book is setting itself out as the solution for all those parents who "carry a gun and sometimes struggle with how to best explain the reasons" to their children.
5
"My Parents Open Carry", by Brian jeffs and Nathan Nephew, co-founders of the pro-gun Michigan Open Carry, has been released by small US publisher White Feather Press. The picture book follows a "typical Saturday running errands and having fun together" for 13-year-old Brenna Strong and her parents, say the authors. "What's not so
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Jeffs and Nephew say they were moved to write the book because they "looked for pro-gun children's books and couldn't find any". “My Parents Open Carry” is, say the authors, "written in the hope of providing a basic overview of the right to keep and bear arms as well as the growing practice
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of the open carry of a handgun", because "we fear our children are being raised with a biased view of our constitution and especially in regards to the 2nd Amendment".
"Our goal was to provide a wholesome family book that reflects the views of the majority of the American people, i.e. that self-defence is a basic natural
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right and that firearms provide the most efficient means for that defence," they write.
The independent news website Raw Storyreported that Nephew told Armed American Radio, the official radio programme of The United States Concealed Carry Association, that "most kids aren't scared of a gun …
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that's another good point this book tries to make."
The title has drawn a host of positive reviews, according to the authors' website (where they add that "for a limited time only, White Feather Press is giving away a free copy of the fun book “Raising Boys Feminists Will Hate!” by Doug Giles, with every purchase of “My Parents Open Carry” in book
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form. That's a $15.99 value!").
Alan Korwin of gunlaws.com is quoted saying "boy does this fill a vacuum", James Towle, host of the American Trigger Sports Network, calls it "outstanding" and "long overdue", and John Roshek, founder of the Citizens League for Self-Defence, adds: "Loved it, I ordered a copy for our
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library". Another supporter, one "Hood", isquoted on the book's website calling it "a wholesome children's book on the joys of having parents carrying guns openly".
It has drawn less positive write-ups elsewhere. "Modelled on the gay parenting books of the 1980s (right down to the moustache) this is a vital
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instruction book for everyone who wants to teach their children tolerance. Tolerance of moustaches that don't match the wig, and tolerance of people who need to over-compensate for 'something' by brandishing a gun in public. Don't worry, we get both messages, loud and clear," wrote one reviewer on Amazon.
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"This started out as a 5 Star rating, but quickly went downhill as the evening progressed," wrote another. "After saying our prayers to Jesus and Charlton Heston, I sat on the edge of my kids' bed to read them this book, when I shifted my position and accidentally set off my 9mil that was strapped to my hip, shooting myself in the thigh."
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It was described by Raw Story as portraying a "day in the life of a 'typical' gun nut family", and "a primer for the children of gun nuts who'll be lucky to see their 10th birthday". "As a prologue to the kids … I'd like point out that – no matter what mommy and daddy say – over 10,000 kids are shot each year in the United States and having a gun in the home makes you less, not
55
more safe," wrote TBogg at Raw Story.
Children's book publisher Elizabeth Laws, meanwhile, took to Twitter to say that it was the first time in 25 years that "a children's book leaves me speechless". "Would love to deconstruct everything wrong with this. #1, Open Carry isn't a verb," she wrote. "Bad enough that the parents pack
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heat, but who made a teen wear a granny blouse? Or tease her hair? #badparenting."



Annotations:
6 Michigan Open Carry - Founded in 2009, this organisation tries to promote the lawful practice of
citizens’ openly carrying a gun in public.

2 2nd Amendment - part of the US constitution that protects the right of an individual US citizen to
own and bear arms

22 Raw Story - a progressive online news publication founded in 2004 in the US, trying to bring
attention to news stories that are ignored elsewhere in the media

23f The United States Concealed Carry Association - an organisation that offers insurance for
financial or legal aid that might be necessary for US citizens who have used a gun (in self-defence)

31 gunlaws.com - pro-gun website that tries to give an overview of the different state gun laws
in the US

39 moustache - here: In the 1970s and 1980s it was a common stereotype that homosexual men
have a moustache.

47 Charlton Heston - former US film star and late president of the pro-gun National Rifle
Association in the US

48 9mil - a 9-milimeter handgun
58 9mil - number one
59f pack heat - (informal) carry a gun on you
60 tease (hair) - German: toupieren


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(The Guardian, Monday, 4th August, 2014)
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Part 1: Non-Fiction Text

$\blacktriangleright\;$ Thema:
Alison Flood, "My Parents Open Carry" (The Guardian, Monday, 4th August, 2014).
$\blacktriangleright\;$ Aufgabenstellung:
1.
Comprehension
Summarize the article.
Bei dieser Aufgabe geht es darum, dass du den Artikel zusammenfasst.
Bei einer solchen Summary solltest du dich kurz fassen - verliere dich also nicht in Details. Stell dir also die Frage: Was sind die wichtigsten Punkte in diesem Artikel? Ebenso ist es wichtig, dass du deine eigenen Formulierungen benutzt und nicht zitierst.
Lies dir den Text mehrmals genau durch. Nur wenn du den Text gut verstanden hast, kannst du eine gute Summary schreiben. Unterstreiche wichtige Keywords und versuche den Text in Abschnitte einzuteilen.


2.
Analysis
Analyse the effect the article aims to achieve with regard to the controversial issue of gun control in the US and how this effect is generated.
Bei dieser Aufgabe geht es darum, dass du den Artikel analysierst. Lies dir den Artikel also nochmals durch und überlege dir, was die Hauptaussage ist und was der Artikel letztlich aufzeigt.
Bei diesem Aufgabenteil kannst und sollst du auch direkten Bezug nehmen. Baue in deine Anaylse also Zitate ein, um deine Argumente zu untermauern.
Du solltest deine Analyse in Einleitung, Hauptteil und Schluss untergliedern.


3.1
Comment
Assess the extent to which the culture wars within the US are tearing the country apart. Refer to both this article and your coursework in your answer.
Bei dieser Aufgabe sollst du einen Kommentar verfassen, indem du dich mit kulturellen Auseinandersetzungen und Problemen in den USA befasst. Beziehe dich dabei auf den vorliegenden Text sowie Hintergrundwissen, das du dir im Unterricht angeeignet hast.
Bei einer solchen Aufgabe ist es wichtig, dass du dir im Vorfeld Notizen machst. Was sind Problemfelder, die sich in den USA auftun. Einen Ausgangspunkt hast du bereits mit der Diskussion um Schusswaffenbesitz. Du solltest dich hierzu äußern aber auch andere kontroverse Themen nicht außer Acht lassen.


3.2
Imagine you are spending a year in an American family, the Fosters, in rural Michigan. A few nights ago, you noticed your host mum Tina reading from "My parents Open Carry" to your 6-year-old host sister Catherine. The next day you find the book in your school library and inspect it more closely. Afterwards you decide to write an e-mail to John Peters, your personal tutor at your high-school, in which you express your views on the surprising cultural differences within the US against the background of your own experiences in Germany.

Write that e-mail.
Bei dieser Aufgabe ist deine Kreativität gefragt. Du sollst eine E-mail an deinen Tutor der Highschool schreiben. Dabei soll der Inhalt des Buches ‚My Parents Open Carry‘ thematisiert werden. Dabei kannst du dich sowohl für als auch gegen das Buch aussprechen. Es ist wichtig, dass in dieser E-mail dein Standpunk klar herausgestellt wird. Wie deine Meinung zum Buch selbst ist, ist letztlich egal - es kommt nur darauf an, dass deine Meinung fundiert ist.
Gehe dabei auf die kulturellen Unterschiede zwischen Deutschland und den USA ein.
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Part 1: Non-Fiction Text

$\blacktriangleright\;$ Thema:
Alison Flood, "My Parents Open Carry" (The Guardian, Monday, 4th August, 2014).
#newspaper#article
1.
Comprehension
Summarize the article.
Tipp
Bei dieser Aufgabe geht es darum, dass du den Artikel zusammenfasst.
Bei einer solchen Summary solltest du dich kurz fassen - verliere dich also nicht in Details. Stell dir also die Frage: Was sind die wichtigsten Punkte in diesem Artikel? Ebenso ist es wichtig, dass du deine eigenen Formulierungen benutzt und nicht zitierst.
Lies dir den Text mehrmals genau durch. Nur wenn du den Text gut verstanden hast, kannst du eine gute Summary schreiben. Unterstreiche wichtige Keywords und versuche den Text in Abschnitte einzuteilen.
Tipp
Bei dieser Aufgabe geht es darum, dass du den Artikel zusammenfasst.
Bei einer solchen Inhaltsangabe solltest du dich kurz fassen - verliere dich also nicht in Details. Stell dir also die Frage: Was sind die wichtigsten Punkte in diesem Artikel? Ebenso ist es wichtig, dass du deine eigenen Formulierungen benutzt und nicht zitierst.
Lies dir den Text mehrmals genau durch. Nur wenn du den Text gut verstanden hast, kannst du eine gute Summary schreiben. Unterstreiche wichtige Keywords und versuche den Text in Abschnitte einzuteilen.
The newspaper article "My Parents Open Carry" written by Alison Flood and published in The Guardian deals with a curious new American children's picture book that aims to explain to children why parents carry a gun in public.
Einleitung
Written by Brian Jeffs and Nathan Nephew and published by White Feather Press, this picture book follows the typical storyline of an American family with the difference that the parents carry handguns. According to the authors, this is unprecedented and the motivation to write the book. This new form of picture book wants to show that there is nothing wrong with parents who lawfully carry a handgun and self-defence is an important topic for the majority of the American people.
Hauptteil
Die Idee
If the authors' website is to be believed, the picture book has received rave reviews from readers. Even school libraries are now in possesion of the book, according to John Roshek, who is the founder of the Citizens League for Self-Defence.
positive Kritik
However, there have also been critical voices. The picture book presents a world of make-believe, enhancing a reality that causes thousands of casualties that are caused by gun incidents. Furthermore, people mock the book and its intention and even took their satirical message to Twitter. This illustrates that not everyone agrees with the message of the picture book.
negative Kritik
The article shows that the controversial topic of gun laws has now even arrived at children's picture books.
Schluss
#gunlaw#article#comprehension
2.
Analysis
Analyse the effect the article aims to achieve with regard to the controversial issue of gun control in the US and how this effect is generated.
Tipp
Bei dieser Aufgabe geht es darum, dass du den Artikel analysierst. Lies dir den Artikel also nochmals durch und überlege dir, was die Hauptaussage ist und was der Artikel letztlich aufzeigt.
Bei diesem Aufgabenteil kannst und sollst du auch direkten Bezug nehmen. Baue in deine Anaylse also Zitate ein, um deine Argumente zu untermauern.
Du solltest deine Analyse in Einleitung, Hauptteil und Schluss untergliedern.
Tipp
Bei dieser Aufgabe geht es darum, dass du den Artikel analysierst. Lies dir den Artikel also nochmals durch und überlege dir, was die Hauptaussage ist und was der Artikel letztlich aufzeigt.
Bei diesem Aufgabenteil kannst und sollst du auch direkten Bezug nehmen. Baue in deine Anaylse also Zitate ein, um deine Argumente zu untermauern.
Du solltest deine Analyse in Einleitung, Hauptteil und Schluss untergliedern.
Gun laws have been one of the most controversial topics in the US over the last few decades. There are hardened fronts and the topic is dividing the country in two camps. Now, this topic has found its way into children's picture book with the publication of "My Parents Open Carry". The Guardian journalist Alison Flood wants to show that even a simple picture book can seperate a whole nation.
Einleitung
The idea behind the picture book is clear; the authors want to show that there is nothing wrong with parents who openly carry their guns around their children. They felt the need to write such a book since there is nothing comparable on the market.
Even at this early point of the article, the European or British reader probably comes to a halt and thinks: well, for good reason there is no such book.
Hauptteil
Die Grundlage
As someone who does not live in the US, the article almost seems satirical. Why should you have to explain such a thing to your children at an early age? It is mind-boggling that parents would read such books to their children and lable them "outstanding" (Text, line 33). Alison Flood does not even have to explain to the reader what is wrong about the whole story. She just states quotes by the authors and proponents of the book. For them, the book seems to be a triumph and an important educational source for children which has to be part of "school librar[ies]" (Text, line 35).
befremdliche Aspekte
Allison Flood, however, does not stop at this point but also shows that there are not only people who support this kind of children's book, but there are people who strongly oppose this idea as well. Sarcasm and irony seem to be the only suitable answer for a book like this, as one reviewer wrote that he read the book to his kids and accidentally shot himself "in the thigh" (Text, line 49). Others mock the pictures themselves which seem to be as outdated as the beliefs of the content.
Gegner des Buchs
By contrasting those two views on a children's picture book, the author shows the real problem of this topic. The controversy over gun laws runs deeper than thought in the United States of America. On the one side there are people who think that it is completely normal to openly carry weapons and children should learn this fact as soon as possible. They regard this as one of the most important rights - the quintessence of being an American citizen. On the other side there are people who view this as lunatic. They cannot wrap their head around this kind of logic and see the danger that this kind of thinking and behavior creates. One reviewer provides the reader of the article with some facts by saying "over 10,000 kids are shot each year in the United States and having a gun in the home makes you less, not more safe," (Text, line 48f).
Die Problematik
The article is pretty clear-cut. It shows that there are two positions when it comes to the subject of openly carrying guns in a children's picture book. There is one side that welcomes this development while the other condemns this form of children's books. This is, however, not only about children's books. The problems run much deeper - this is a controversy over guns which dominates all possible forms of social and political life. Now this dichotomy is also part of the children's picture book branch.
Schluss
#gunlaw#analysis
Choose one of the following assignments.

3.1
Comment
Assess the extent to which the culture wars within the US are tearing the country apart. Refer to both this article and your coursework in your answer.
Tipp
Bei dieser Aufgabe sollst du einen Kommentar verfassen, indem du dich mit kulturellen Auseinandersetzungen und Problemen in den USA befasst. Beziehe dich dabei auf den vorliegenden Text sowie Hintergrundwissen, das du dir im Unterricht angeeignet hast.
Bei einer solchen Aufgabe ist es wichtig, dass du dir im Vorfeld Notizen machst. Was sind Problemfelder, die sich in den USA auftun. Einen Ausgangspunkt hast du bereits mit der Diskussion um Schusswaffenbesitz. Du solltest dich hierzu äußern aber auch andere kontroverse Themen nicht außer Acht lassen.
Tipp
Bei dieser Aufgabe sollst du einen Kommentar verfassen, indem du dich mit kulturellen Auseinandersetzungen und Problemen in den USA befasst. Beziehe dich dabei auf den vorliegenden Text sowie Hintergrundwissen, das du dir im Unterricht angeeignet hast.
Bei einer solchen Aufgabe ist es wichtig, dass du dir im Vorfeld Notizen machst. Was sind Problemfelder, die sich in den USA auftun. Einen Ausgangspunkt hast du bereits mit der Diskussion um Schusswaffenbesitz. Du solltest dich hierzu äußern aber auch andere kontroverse Themen nicht außer Acht lassen.
The controversial issue of gun control in the US can be described as the tip of the iceberg of a cultural war which is taking place in the United States of America. The cultural problems are multi-layered and experts fear that this is tearing apart the country. I want to talk about this assessment in my comment.
Einleitung
As the article by Alison Flood has shown, it only takes a children's picture book for people to discuss once again over gun laws in the US. For decades this has been a controversial topic.
By now it almost seems comical. After every mass shooting that takes place in the United States, you will see the President talking to the nation, pleading for stricter gun laws with the result that nothing happens. Gun owners and the National Rifle Association will cry crocodile tears and express sympathy for the victims and their families, yet, at the same time, point stubbornly to the The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, which allows people to keep and bear arms. For decades, gun control has been a highly controversial issue and a solution to the issue seems far from being a sure thing.
Hauptteil
Waffenrechte
Throughout American history, millions of people around the world have left their homelands for a chance to start a new life in this country—and they continue to come here to this day. These immigrants used to be welcome but nowadays this sentiment seems to be a lot more controversial.
Proponents argue that it creates jobs and economic growth can be sustained. The US would be enriched by cultural diversity, as the history of the US has illustrated.
Opponents of immigration point to integration difficulties and friction with local people. Having workers willing to work for relatively low pay may allow employers to ignore productivity, training and innovation.
It is therefore no big surprise that this topic is also very important in the presedential campaign of 2016. One candidate wants to build a wall between Mexico and the US, the other strongly opposes this idea.
Immigration
Another big controversial topic in the US is capital punishment. Proponents argue that it is a human rights violation. The right to live is the basic right of any human being. Every individual has a right to live whether criminal or not. It is, furthermore, believed by the offenders of the capital punishment that this punishment is biased, and performed in racial manner. This is because approximately 48% of the criminals in federal death row are African American, thus, it is advocated that Capital Punishment is used racially.
People who are proponents of the death penalty argue that if the criminal can dare to snatch away liberty, peace, lifes from any individual then the justice says that he should also be deprived of all these facilities leading to a comfortable life in the society. Another controversial argument is that capital punishment is the cheapest way to deal with felons.
Todesstrafe
Racial tensions seem to be the major cultural problem that the US is facing right now. The US is grappling with a racial divide wider than it has been for at least a generation, struggling with the frequent boiling over of unrest which has been simmering since the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014. Five officers were killed in Dallas earlier in the year, reflecting a consistently sharp divide on the subject among Americans. A Pew poll showed that 84% of black Americans believed that police treat blacks unfairly.
Ungleichheit
There seems to be little common ground when it comes to these topics discussed above. Neither side wants to approach the other one. By blaming the other side no progress will be made and the country will indeed tear itself apart. There needs to be a healthy discussion between Liberals and Conservatives in order to ease the cultural tension in the US. Both sides have to commit themselves to improve the situation, without the will to solve these controversial topics, there won't be any change. When discussing these matters, Americans should remember the important words of Abraham Lincoln, who said: "A house divided against itself cannot stand."
Schluss
#media#immigration
3.2
Imagine you are spending a year in an American family, the Fosters, in rural Michigan. A few nights ago, you noticed your host mum Tina reading from "My parents Open Carry" to your 6-year-old host sister Catherine. The next day you find the book in your school library and inspect it more closely. Afterwards you decide to write an e-mail to John Peters, your personal tutor at your high-school, in which you express your views on the surprising cultural differences within the US against the background of your own experiences in Germany.

Write that e-mail.
Tipp
Bei dieser Aufgabe ist deine Kreativität gefragt. Du sollst eine E-Mail an deinen Tutor der Highschool schreiben. Darin soll der Inhalt des Buches ‚My Parents Open Carry‘ thematisiert werden. Dabei kannst du dich sowohl für als auch gegen das Buch aussprechen. Es ist wichtig, dass in dieser E-Mail dein Standpunkt klar herausgestellt wird. Wie deine Meinung zum Buch selbst ist, ist letztlich egal - es kommt nur darauf an, dass deine Meinung fundiert ist.
Gehe dabei auf die kulturellen Unterschiede zwischen Deutschland und den USA ein.
Tipp
Bei dieser Aufgabe ist deine Kreativität gefragt. Du sollst eine E-Mail an deinen Tutor der Highschool schreiben. Darin soll der Inhalt des Buches ‚My Parents Open Carry‘ thematisiert werden. Dabei kannst du dich sowohl für als auch gegen das Buch aussprechen. Es ist wichtig, dass in dieser E-Mail dein Standpunkt klar herausgestellt wird. Wie deine Meinung zum Buch selbst ist, ist letztlich egal - es kommt nur darauf an, dass deine Meinung fundiert ist.
Gehe dabei auf die kulturellen Unterschiede zwischen Deutschland und den USA ein.
Dear Mr. Peters,
Anrede
I was studying in the school library yesterday and found a curious book that caught my attention. It is a children's picture book with the title "My Parents Open Carry". At first, I was confused then, as I continued leafing through it, I was shocked to find out that this is the book my host mum Tina read to my host sister, which I found very concerning.
Einleitung
Let me prephase this by saying that I am a German student spending a year abroad at your school. I have really liked it so far and feel humbled that you gave me the chance to go to school here in rural Michigan.
There are many differences between Germany and the U.S., but the most striking difference seems to be the importance of guns. In Germany we usually do not have guns. The police and military have guns but normal citizens normally don't. When I came over here, I was shocked to see people who openly carried a gun on the street. I felt frightened. What if it is someone who is not mentally stable and starts shooting around? I asked myself.
I found it even more concerning when I overheard my host mum reading this book to her daughter. I could not believe how she was explaining the use of handguns to her daughter.
Could you explain to me why we have such a book in our school library? What is the reasoning behind this? I cannot wrap my head around this. I am a vivid newspaper reader at home as well as here in the U.S. Every other day, I read about shootings involving casualties and I am left guessing why it would be so hard to just ban guns? I know about the 2nd Amendment, but this is an archaic piece of paper from the 18th century and should not serve as a guideline for the 21st century. Do you agree with me here? Or can you explain to me why it is so important to have a handgun with you all the time and even have to educate your children about this fact.
As I said, we don't have handguns in Germany and yet I don't feel weak or defensless. The exact opposite is the case.
I would enjoy to talk with you about this matter or even in a discussion forum with others.
Maybe we could arrange something like this in the near future.
Hauptteil
I am looking forward to your answer.

Greetings

Sophie
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