Walking into the classroom this morning, the students seemed exceedingly tired and disinterested. So to get conversation going, I asked the class if they heard the news that the hijacker had been captured. No response. "You know, the airliner that was hijacked." No response. "The airliner hijacked in Jamaica." Still no recognition that I was speaking. I changed tactics. "Did you hear in the news this morning that the Cartoon Network is going to stop broadcasting at the end of the month?" This resulted in many heads immediately looking up in inquiry. This was 8th grade. p.s. I made up the Cartoon Network story.