"A Princess of Mars," by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Part Two- Text + Audio + Video+Lesson plan(pdf)
"This classic science fiction story by Edgar Rice Burroughs inspired many other writers.
We hope you enjoy the second part of our four-part series. Last week, we met John Carter who begins the story.
He enters a cave deep in the desert in the state of Arizona. There something happens..."
Russia faces athletics suspension(November 13, 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A new and damning report from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has turned the athletics world upside down."
English in a Minute: Jack of All Trades - Video
Does this expression have anything to do with a man named Jack? This idiom is not what it seems.
Learn more by watching this episode of English in a Minute!"
How to Teach Students About Holidays & History- a guide to Holidays in the Classroom
"With coverage of 25 celebrated Holidays possible in the classroom, we give teachers and students an overview of each holiday
as well as explain about cultures, importance, and obstacles of teaching these holidays within the classroom."
International Day for Tolerance - 16 November 2015
Message by Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
"Tolerance is a new idea, one which we need now more than ever.
It leads us to respect cultural diversity, ways of life and expressions of our own humanity.
It is a necessary condition for peace and progress for all people in a diversified and ever-more connected world."
(unesco.org) Thanks to Fouzia Ghandi (Ac. Besançon)
The People Along Route 66 - Text + Audio + Video- 14 November 2015
"Stunning landscapes, quirky attractions, historic architecture and brightly lit motel signs surround Route 66. But it is the people along the way who help shape the character of the Mother Road. This week, we tell you about some of those people we met during our travels."
Robotic Vehicles Explore the Celtic Sea - VIDEO - 15 November 2015
"One vehicle has equipment that can detect small organisms called zooplankton and fish.
It also has devices to measure water currents and record other features of sea life.
Another research vehicle is powered by solar panels and a wind turbine. It sends information about biodiversity hotspots."
Who Wants to Be an Astronaut?- Text + Audio + Video - 15 November 2015
"America’s space agency, NASA is putting the word out: They are looking for smart people who want to become astronauts.
The recruiting began with a video message. NASA wants people with certain experience, find out what is involved."
Migrant crisis: No EU-Africa grand bargain - 13 November 2015
"After reeling in panic and reacting in slow motion to the - to an extent predicted - dramatic surge this year in refugees
and other migrants arriving, the EU is now trying a more comprehensive, strategic approach..."
The tattoos Eritreans get before they leave for Europe- with PHOTOS - 9 November 2015
"When photographer Ricci Shryock met up with a group of Eritrean migrants in Milan, she noticed they had one thing in common
- most had tattoos. They have asked to remain anonymous because most have fled compulsory military service to go to Italy." (BBC)
History of Thanksgiving Day: by Studies Weekly
"The History of Thanksgiving Day is a short educational video that covers how Thanksgiving became a national holiday.
This video is a great Teacher Supplement and addition to any lesson involving Thanksgiving Day, the Mayflower, the Pilgrims,
Squanto, Sarah Josepha Hale, as well as many other topics. Ideal for classroom use."
100 Years of Family Dinners ★ Mode.com
"Foodie fans, this one’s for you! Whether you lean toward 1915-style roast beef and franconia potatoes, or if 2015’s kale craze suits your taste,
this look at food over the past century will satiate your palate. Dinner is served."
Women's Rights Quiz
"When did women win the right to a university education? When could they keep their earnings for themselves?
Play the game by knocking on the doors of Victorian opportunity - but don't expect too much too soon!"
Thanks to Héloïse Egrot (Ac. Paris)
Video: President Obama Joins Facebook + TRANSCRIPT - 12 November 2015
"Click in the window below the video to access a textivate ordering activity based on the transcript."
"President of the United States joins facebook to enable "real conversations," and uploads his first video about global warming."
WHO Says Processed Meat Can Cause Cancer - VIDEO - 12 November 2015
"New study by the World Health Organization says processed meat causes cancer, while red meat has a high chance of causing cancer."
MACBETH - No fear Sakespeare
"No Fear Shakespeare puts Shakespeare's language side-by-side with a facing-page translation into modern English
— the kind of English people actually speak today."
The most famous cars of television and films
"On occasion, cars in television and film become full-fledged, inextricable characters in the narrative, commanding allure to match
– even outshine – their human counterparts."
Why do Brits and Americans swear so differently?
"They may share a language, but Brits and Americans swear like strangers.
A new book explores the risks of transatlantic banter – and the classic curse that always translates."
Warning: This article contains very strong language that may offend some readers.
English in a Minute: To Have Butterflies - VIDEO
"Butterflies are beautiful creatures. But, is it a good thing or a bad thing to "have butterflies?"
Find out how to use this expression in this episode of English in a Minute!"
Going West for Decades on Route 66- Text + Audio + Video
"The Gateway Arch represents the beginning of the American West. It also commemorates St. Louis’s role in the nation’s westward expansion. Early settlers in the 1800s depended on the city as a final chance to stock up on food and other provisions before making the long journey west."
Teen CEO Says Everyone Should Code- VIDEO - 8 November 2015
"What does the average 15-year-old do with her free time?
Most teenagers are hanging out with friends, talking on their smart phones or playing games on their computer.
But Swetha Prabakaran is different. She enjoys spending her time making the use of technology easier for all."
Fewer Americans Believe in God - Text + Audio - 7 November 2015
"Fewer Americans believe in God, pray daily and regularly go to church than in 2007, a poll says.
More than 35,000 Americans were polled about their religious beliefs over four months in 2014 by the Pew Research Center.
The study, called the 2014 Religious Landscape, was released Tuesday."
Water on Mars: What Does It Mean? - Text + Audio + Video - 8 November 2015
"Recent data about our planet neighbor Mars helps NASA plan for getting humans there by the 2030s.
The discovery of liquid water on the planet could change the way we see our solar system.
But there is still much more than needs to be known before people can safely go to Mars."
"Ruby became the first Aboriginal woman to release a solo album in 1994 with her debut ‘Thoughts Within’.
Her second album ‘Feeling Good’ was released in 2000 and garnered Ruby Best Female Performer of the Year at the Deadly Awards...
Ruby has played alongside Joan Armatrading, Tracy Chapman, and Bob Dylan..." From ‘Down City Streets’:
"Crawled out of bushes early morn
Used newspapers to keep me warm
Then I'd have to score a drink
Calm my nerves, help me to think
Down city streets I would roam
I had no bed, I had no home
And there was nothing that I owned
Used my fingers as a comb
In those days when I was young
Drinking and fighting was no fun
It was daily living for me
I had no choice
It was meant to be"
(murundakdocumentary.com) Thanks to Blandine Baulard
Christmas Island: Tear gas used to end migrant centre unrest - 10 November 2015
"Australia's immigration minister has said police used tear gas to bring an end to unrest at the Christmas Island migrant detention centre. "Christmas Island "is part of Australia's network of offshore processing centres for irregular migrants who arrive by boat, but also houses foreigners facing deportation after committing crimes in Australia."
Migrant crisis: How one city in Germany is coping- 10 November 2015
"For many of the three-quarters of a million migrants who have reached Europe's shores so far in 2015,
Germany has been the intended destination...
Oberhausen in the populous North Rhine-Westphalia region is one of the many villages, towns and cities to receive an influx of refugees. "
Syria refugees: 'We live between two fires' - VIDEO - 10 November 2015
"Of the nearly one million Syrian refugees who have fled to Jordan, most do not live in camps, but in the country's towns and cities.
For them, life is becoming increasingly hard.
Many have complained of rising rents - driven up by a shortage of housing - as well as falling support.
The BBC's Rami Ruhayem went to meet a disabled man who has been forced to move house five times since he arrived."
California SeaWorld bows to conservation pressure - VIDEO - 10 November 2015
"A world-famous animal theme park is planning to phase out its killer whale displays, following years of pressure from campaigners.
SeaWorld has seen a drop in visitor numbers at its eleven facilities in the United States.
The company now says it will replace its Orca shows with a more natural experience, starting in California in 2017."
Blackfish - Official Trailer
"Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000 pound orcas, or "killer whales," soar out of the water and fly
through the air at sea parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet this mighty black and white mammal has many sides
-- a majestic, friendly giant, seemingly eager to take trainers for a ride around the pool, yet shockingly -- and unpredictably
-- able to turn on them at a moment's notice. BLACKFISH unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story
of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who -- unlike any orca in the wild -- has taken the lives of several people while in captivity.
So what went wrong?
Shocking footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts manifest the orca's extraordinary nature, the species' cruel treatment
in captivity over the last four decades and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little
we humans truly know about these highly intelligent, and surprisingly sentient, fellow mammals that we only think we can control.
When you look into their eyes, somebody's home. Somebody's looking back at you. . . but it may not be what you think."
The Gamechangers, BBC Two, review: 'Radcliffe is excellent' (2015)
"Daniel Radcliffe portrays game developer Sam Houser as a flawed visionary in this BBC drama, says Benji Wilson...
“I want to create a completely real world for grown ups so that people talk about video games the way they talk about films and music.”
That was the mission statement of Sam Houser, a British game designer played by Daniel Radcliffe, in The Gamechangers,
a feature length drama about the making of the bestselling videogame Grand Theft Auto...
Both Radcliffe and Paxton were excellent, with Radcliffe particularly beguiling as a young man both brittle and brilliant.
It dealt with the moral issues with a balance and assuredness born of hindsight – the fact is that a decade on,
the world hasn’t gone to hell in a handcart and video games haven’t led to a total moral meltdown. "
The Name Says It All: Burma's Insein Prison - 15 May 2009
"Myanmar’s opposition leader and Nobel prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi has been brought to the country’s infamous Insein (pronounced “insane”) prison, to face trial on May 18. The prison has been described as the “darkest hell-hole in Burma” and houses many of the country’s more than 2,100 political prisoners."
"Myanmar's Insein Prison, where Auung San Suu Kyi and hundreds of others are held (c)
Digital Globe 2008. Image taken from Google Earth"
Ben Carson: inside the worldview of a political conundrum- Article + Photos + Audio + Video - 7 November 2015
"He’s a brilliant brain surgeon who has saved countless lives, yet believes the Egyptian pyramids were built to store grain.
Now running for president, he finds himself in first place for the Republican nomination – but does he belong there?"
The Longer View: Capital punishment - with videos
"Fifty years ago capital punishment was brought to an end in the UK but the death sentence remains a contentious issue across the globe.
According to Amnesty International, 22 countries continue to carry out executions across the world, as of 2014."
The Longer View: Migrant crises
"The current migrant crisis in Europe has made headlines around the world as millions seek refuge in countries across the continent.
The scale of the crisis in 2015 has not been seen since the end of World War Two, but tackling mass migration has proved to be an almost constant concern. From Biafra to the Balkans, solutions are rarely straightforward."
Airliner Crash Complicates Migration Wave to Europe- Text + Audio - 9 November 2015
"Intelligence officials investigate the downing of a Russian airline in Egypt,
and European countries brace for a new wave of migrants and refugees."
Volunteer doctor uses holiday to help refugees in Lesbos- VIDEO - 9 November 2015
"A Dutch doctor has taken leave from work, but rather than going on holiday he is volunteering on Lesbos
to help refugees in need of medical attention.
Nigel Kooreman is providing first aid for the boatloads of people arriving from Turkey.
Authorities on the Greek island have been overwhelmed by the number of arrivals and rely on volunteers for extra help."
Croatia election: Opposition HDZ conservatives claim victory- 9 November 2015
"Croatia's two main alliances have promised different approaches on how to handle the arrival of more refugees and migrants.
The country has become a transit hub for migrants, many from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, who want to travel north.
Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic says the cost of managing the arrivals has been close to 2m kuna (£189,000; $284,000) a day."
The Displaced: Introduction - 5 November 2015
"Nearly 60 million people are currently displaced from their homes by war and persecution
- more than at any time since World War II. Half are children.
This multimedia journey in text, photographs and virtual reality tells the stories of three of them."
Seeking Home: Life inside the Calais Migrant Camp 360 Video - added on 5 November 2015
"This 360-degree, virtual reality video documents the camp in northern France
where migrants and refugees hope to make it across the English channel to start a new life in the United Kingdom.
Known to residents as the “Jungle”, migrants have turned the rugged landscape into a makeshift town with churches, mosques, restaurants,
and even a beauty salon. With winter approaching, local authorities struggle to cope with the influx as the camp grows more permanent
with each day. Through the use of such immersive technology AP is bringing audiences a close-up view of life inside the camp."