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New Black History Month Collection: notes, videos & more

Posted January 17, 2014 under Article of the Week, Common Core, Subtext News

What was it like in Washington on the day of the march fifty years ago? How was non-violent protest used in the fight for civil rights? Help your students bring it to life in our new Black History Month collection!

In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington in August 1963, we’ve developed new materials to help you engage your students! Each text provides unique insight into what it was like to be part of the crowd that gathered in Washington on that historic day. Several texts examine…

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Article of the Week Theme: Nelson Mandela

Posted December 13, 2013 under Article of the Week, Common Core

This week’s theme is devoted to the life and contributions of Nelson Mandela. Grade-leveled articles will feature supplemental videos and primary sources to help students learn and evaluate what made Mandela an effective leader, as well as the revolutionary impact that his leadership has had on South Africa and the world.

For article titles and instructions on how to access these resources in Subtext, see below:

Mandela

 

Grades 4-5: “Nelson Mandela: 1918-2013″ (article has embedded video biography of Mandela)

Grades 6-8: “Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s Revered Statesman And Anti-Apartheid Hero, Dies”, “Mandela in Verse:…

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Article of the Week Theme: Black Friday

Posted November 22, 2013 under Article of the Week, Common Core

As millions of Americans prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday this week, some are preparing for their annual shopping spree the day after Thanksgiving! Many retailers offer extraordinary deals the Friday after Thanksgiving in order to to lure customers to come early and begin shopping. Apparently, this strategy is working as there are already reports of eager shoppers forming lines outside their favorite retail stores “hoping to cash in on holiday bargains.”

Some claim that the ever-growing hype around Black Friday deals, including the decision by many stores to open doors on the evening of Thanksgiving, has gone too far….

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Article of the Week Theme: Typhoon Haiyan

Posted November 18, 2013 under Article of the Week, Common Core

There was no calm after the storm this week as Typhoon Haiyan claimed thousands of lives and leveled entire regions of the country, while internal and external organizations faced significant struggles in their efforts to deliver much-needed relief aid to the victims.

This week’s articles have embedded suggested discussion questions to encourage students to consider the natural sources and human impacts of this colossal storm. To this end, we have included both background articles and videos to help educate students on the origins of hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons.

One new and exciting feature included in this week’s articles is…

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Article of the Week Theme: Happiness!

Posted November 8, 2013 under Article of the Week, Common Core

As one author has put it, “happiness is a serious problem.” Yet if you search google for the “secret to happiness”, you will be flooded with endless lists, commentary, even academic studies on how to be happy. A lot of people will tell you that the secret to happiness is to buy their book!

This week we want to encourage students to examine why so many are finding a link between expressing gratitude and being more happy. We’ve embedded some questions to help spark the discussion, and lookout for a video links (one link is more appropriate for…

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