Words That Seem Related but Aren’t

WORLD A crayfish is not a fish, an outrage is not a rage, and there’s no bomb in bombast. Words suggest one thing, but their histories tell us another. (The Week) Dig a little—or a lot!—deeper with a wide variety of resources from our websites (that’s Education and Kids) and blog. Discussion Ideas Read the terrific talking points from The Week, and dig a little … Continue reading Words That Seem Related but Aren’t

Man May Join Pantheon of Famous Castaways

WORLD José Salvador Alvarenga has captured imaginations and raised a few skeptical eyebrows. Alvarenga claims to have drifted across 10,800 kilometers (6,700 miles) of Pacific Ocean, eating fish and turtles while drinking rainwater during an astounding 13-month ordeal. If his incredible tale is proved true, Alvarenga will join the list of history’s famous castaways. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to better understand real-life Robinson … Continue reading Man May Join Pantheon of Famous Castaways

Congressman Recalls ‘Date of Infamy’

POLITICS Seventy-two years ago, Rep. John Dingell, D-Michigan, heard the news of the Pearl Harbor bombing on a Washington, D.C. street. The following day, Dingell, then a 15-year-old senior House page, was assigned to help record President Franklin Roosevelt’s now-iconic “date which will live in infamy” speech. (National Journal) Use our  resources to better understand Roosevelt’s speech and the debate that followed. Discussion Ideas The … Continue reading Congressman Recalls ‘Date of Infamy’

Beyond Books

BUSINESS Publishers have long bemoaned Africa’s lack of a “book culture,” but some hope that the widespread use of smartphones and the Internet could help change this. (BBC) Use our resources to understand how one explorer is using mobile technology to help Africa’s educators and entrepreneurs help themselves. In this video, teachers explain how e-readers are helping their students—and the entire community. Discussion Ideas Why … Continue reading Beyond Books

The Geography and Literacy Connection

What do you think of when you hear the word literacy? Depending on what you teach, chances are geography is not the first thought that comes to mind. But believe it or not, geography and literacy naturally share many similarities. And you can deepen students’ learning in both geography and literacy when they are integrated in the curriculum. The Common Core State Standards in English … Continue reading The Geography and Literacy Connection