U.S. Navy Starts to Accompany Ships in Strait Where Iran Seized Cargo Carrier

Daily News Article - May 4, 2015


NOTE TO STUDENTS: Before you read the article:

seizure (paragraph 1)
strait (paragraph 2)
characterized, provocative (paragraph 4)
unpredictability (paragraph 6)
flotilla (paragraph 8)
unpredictable, strategic (paragraph 9)
elite, undermine, sabotaging, rapprochement (paragraph 10)
ominous (paragraph 11)
oversight, accountability (paragraph 13)
precautionary (paragraph 14)
strategically, sanctions (paragraph 16)

1. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. For this article, use the 2nd paragraph and list the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

2. How are Iran’s acts of aggression in the Strait of Hormuz affecting the nuclear agreement President Obama is negotiating with the Iranian government?

3. How does the Iranian explanation for its seizure of the cargo ship Maersk Tigris differ from how the U.S. views it? Be specific.

4. Look at the map under “Resources.” The Strait of Hormuz is not a part of normal global trade routes. What is being shipped through the Strait of Hormuz? (see “Background” for the answer.)

5. What do some U.S. and European officials think the motive is for Iran’s actions in the Strait of Hormuz?

6. a) Re-read the last paragraph of the article. Do you agree with the defense official’s assertion? Explain your answer.
b) Ask a parent or a grandparent the same question.