Give This ‘Attic’ A Story To Tell

Thursday's Editorial - December 29, 2011


The purpose of an editorial or commentary is to explain, persuade, answer, warn, criticize, entertain or praise.  Sometimes commentators identify a problem and offer a solution.

1.  What problem does Anne Applebaum identify in her commentary?

2.  What solution does she propose?

3.  Re-read paragraphs 3-7.  Do you think Ms. Applebaum makes a good argument in support of her opinion?  Explain your answer.

NOTE:  The Smithsonian Institution is an educational and research institute and associated museum complex, administered and funded by the U.S. government and by funds from its endowment, contributions, and profits from its retail operations, concessions, licensing activities, and magazines. The Smithsonian has requested $797.6 million from Congress in 2011 to fund its operations. While most of its 19 museums, its zoo, and its nine research centers facilities are located in Washington, D.C., sites are also located in Arizona, Maryland, New York City, Virginia, Panama, and elsewhere. The Smithsonian has over 136 million items in its collections. The Smithsonian Institution is the largest museum complex in the world, and many of its buildings are historical and architectural landmarks. (from wikipedia entry on Smithsonian)