Memorial Day: Arlington National Cemetery- Text + Audio + Photos- 29 May 2016
"Arlington National Cemetery is “A living tribute to our nation’s past” and the final resting place for 400,000 women and men who gave service
to the United States. Slaves, government officials, Supreme Court justices, astronauts, explorers and two presidents are buried there."
Supreme Court Justice Designs Video Game About Civics - Text + Audio - 29 May 2016
"Civics is the study of the rights and duties of citizenship.
There is debate and concern in the U.S. about whether schools are neglecting teaching civics.
Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wants to change that. So she started a project to teach civics through video games."
Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Beauty of the Everyday - a lesson
"Ralph Waldo Emerson taught us about the presence of nature and something a little divine inside all of us;
simultaneously helping usher in what was considered, "America's intellectual declaration of independence."
Anger over racist Chinese advert(May 29, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"There is a lot of anger on social media because of an advertisement for a Chinese detergent.
Some newspapers are saying it could be the most racist advert ever."
Filipino artists get dirty to highlight pollution in Manila's rivers- 30 May 2016
"In the corner of a room in Manila, an artist dips his paintbrush into a murky mixture. As brush strokes of brown, black and grey
sweep across white canvas, the paint leaves behind rough sediments on the surface, coming out as an almost gritty texture."
Lincoln's Words at Gettysburg - Text + Audio - 27 May 2016
"On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln spoke at the dedication ceremony for the National Cemetery of Gettysburg in the state of Pennsylvania. The brief address, known as the Gettysburg Address, would be remembered as one of the most important speeches in American history."
'Hearts and Crosses,' by O. Henry, Part One- Text + Audio+ Video
"Relationships can be difficult. What happens when you have a problem with someone you love?
Read about a husband and wife who both feel they are in control
in Part One of this classic American Story, "Hearts and Crosses," by O. Henry."
New product tests for spiked drinks(May 27, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A British businessman has developed a product that helps people test drinks they think might have been drugged, or 'spiked'."
Elevated bus debuts at Beijing International High-Tech Expo
"A model of a Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) debuted at the 19th China Beijing International High-Tech Expo, which concluded on Sunday.
The TEB is a purely homegrown invention of China, with its passenger compartment sitting above other vehicles on the road below,
allowing cars to pass underneath. The TEB is designed to increase the utilization of road space.
"With a carrying capacity of 1,200 people at a time, the TEB has the same functions as the subway while its cost of construction is less than one fifth of the subway. Its construction can be finished in one year," said Bai Zhiming, the engineer in charge of the TEB project.
Trial operations of such a bus will start in Qinhuangdao City, north China's Hebei Province, in the second half of 2016."
ROB'S WEEKEND - Niveau 6ème
"Voici une Mindmap pour rebrasser la leçon sur Rob's weekend, sous forme de rebrassage en début de deuxième heure.
Elle peut concerner les utilisateurs du New Spring 6ème qui arrivent aux leçons sur le preterit."
4 reasons to tackle destructive fishing this World Tuna Day - 2 May 2016
"On World Tuna Day, the Greenpeace ship Esperanza is at sea stopping the destructive fishing practices of the largest tuna company
on the planet – Thai Union – which owns popular tuna brands like John West, Petit Navire, Mareblu and Chicken of the Sea,
and supplies huge companies like Walmart...
Here are four of the biggest reasons to stand up against Thai Union’s destructive practices: 1) Bycatch – marine life that is caught but that isn’t tuna – is killed as collateral damage. 2) Social injustice. Industrial fishing fleets are literally stealing sustainable fishers’ livelihoods out from under them. 3) Overfishing. Plenty of fish in the sea, there are not. 4) Pollution. Seriously, do we really need more of it in our oceans?"
Researchers teach robots to 'feel pain' - 26 May 2016
"Researchers from Germany are developing an artificial nervous system aimed at teaching robots how to feel pain.
As well as allowing robots to quickly respond to potential damage to their systems, it could also protect humans
who are increasingly working alongside them. "
Children of Indian Immigrants Win Spelling Bee- 27 May 2016
"Two boys – one from Texas and one from New York – shared the Scripps National Spelling Bee title Thursday night.
The boys are the children of immigrants from southern India. They each won an award and a $45,000 prize."
Airstrikes Hit Islamic State in Raqqa- Text + Audio - 25 May 2016
"U.S.-led coalition planes launched intense airstrikes Tuesday against Islamic State positions in Raqqa, Syria.
A British-based monitoring group reported on the airstrikes.
The group said the attacks mostly targeted IS defensive positions on the outskirts of Raqqa."
What History Teaches Us About Walls- with PICTURES - 27 May 2016
"Donald Trump may want to take note: World history is full of
examples of engineering thwarted by goal-oriented rank amateurs."
Violence Erupts at Trump Campaign Event - Text + Audio - 25 May 2016
"Protestors threw rocks, plastic bottles and other items at police officers outside the convention center in Albuquerque.
The police returned with pepper spray and smoke grenades.
Police said several officers were injured and at least one person was arrested on Tuesday evening."
Omar's journey - VIDEO - 24 May 2016
"Sixteen-year-old Omar is one of many unaccompanied minors living in the Calais "Jungle" camp, with hopes to join relatives in the UK.
He told the BBC the story of his journey from Syria and drew some of his own experiences."
All-Girls Baseball Team in Seattle Makes History- Text + Audio + Video - 24 May 2016
"The 1992 film “A League of Their Own” tells the story of the first all-women’s professional baseball league in the United States.
One of the league's best teams was the Rockford Peaches.
The Peaches trended on social media, thanks to a baseball team of young girls from Seattle, Washington."
Houses - a lesson Theme: Buildings and lifestyles, personal taste.
Lexical area: Buildings, features of buildings and decoration
Cross curricular links: History, Geography, Art
"This lesson focuses on describing houses, and what our houses can say about us. Students will review vocabulary to describe different types of houses and their features, read about unusual housing types, speak about housing in their own country and take part in a discussion about young people leaving home."
Researchers Develop Better, Cheaper, Faster Zika Test- Text + Audio - 23 May 2016
"Warmer weather means an increase in insects, especially mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes can carry the Zika virus.
Harvard University researchers have developed a new method of testing for Zika. The test is better than other methods in so many ways."
Bombings in Syrian Coast Cities Kill More Than 100- Text + Audio - 23 May 2016
"Bombs exploded in two cities along Syria’s coast on Monday. The explosions killed at least 100 people and wounded many others.
Suicide attackers were responsible for at least two of the seven bombings.
A news agency linked to the Islamic State militant group credited the militants with the attack."
Artificial Intelligence: Helpful and Dangerous - Text + Audio - 22 May 2016
"Artificial intelligence (AI) is the intelligence and thinking demonstrated by computers and other machines.
Scientists say artificial intelligence will continue to change our way of life, and the way people do business.
While AI can be helpful, scientists warn it can also be a threat."
Women wearing cosmetics are paid more (May 23, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Researchers have discovered there could be a good reason why women spend so long in the morning getting ready for work." Try the same news story at these easier levels:Level 4 or Level 5
Are You Ready to Face the Music? - Text + Audio + Video- 21 May 2016 "Some American expressions sound fun even when they are not. Learn why “facing the music” is not as much fun as going to a concert."
Syria conflict: Deadly blasts rock Assad strongholds - 23 May 2016
"At least 78 people have been killed in a series of bomb attacks in two government strongholds on Syria's Mediterranean coast, state media say...
A news agency linked to so-called Islamic State (IS) said the jihadist group was behind the attacks." (BBC)
Former Vietnamese Refugees Find Success in US - Text + Audio + Photos + Video - 22 May 2016
"David Duong’s family of 23 needed money. They began gathering cardboard on the street. And they sorted recyclable materials.
The family then created a recycling company that is now worth hundreds of millions of dollars. And they are expanding to Vietnam."
Elvis Presley guitar and John Lennon lyrics auctioned- 22 May 2016
"A guitar that Elvis Presley was given by his father has sold for $334,000 (£230,000) at an auction in New York...
Auctioneers Julien's also sold John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for The Beatles' Being For The Benefit of Mr Kite! for $354,400 (£244,000)."