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Close Reading: 5 Questions to Help Students Analyze Complex Texts

June 27, 2015<br>Close reading is a key literacy practice highlighted in the Common Core State Standards. It is a skill that empowers students to …

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Why do Finnish pupils succeed with less homework?

<b>How do Finnish youngsters spend less time in school, get less homework and still come out with some of the best results in the world?</b><p>The question gets to the heart of a lot of parental angst about hard work and too much pressure on children in school.<p>Parents facing all those kitchen table arguments …

Education

An autistic boy who can't be touched has connected with a service dog

<b>An autistic boy who can't be touched or hugged by anyone has connected for the first time - with his new service dog.</b><p>Five-year-old Kainoa Niehaus travelled to the 4 Paws For Ability centre in Ohio from Japan after two years of waiting for an animal to become available.<p>His mum Shanna shared a photo …

Autism

What merits a minute's silence? It's time to speak up

“I know the whole country will want to share in a moment of remembrance,” the prime minister told the house. “So we will have a national minute’s silence on Friday at midday, one week on from the moment of the attack.” And so the silent minute came, familiar to us all from Remembrance Sundays and …

Oxford University

'How I escaped from North Korea' – Hyeonseo Lee's story live

North Korea is “the best place on the planet” – or that is what Hyeonseo Lee believed when she was growing up. It was a rose-tinted vision that faded during the devastating famine that swept through the country in the 1990s.<p>Hyeonseo became one of thousands of defectors to try to escape across the …

North Korea

The tragically powerful story behind the lone German who refused to give Hitler the Nazi salute

August Landmesser, the lone German refusing to raise a stiff right arm amid Hitler's presence at a 1936 rally, had been a loyal Nazi.<p>Landmesser joined the Nazi Party in 1931 and began to work his way up the ranks of what would become the only legal political affiliation in the country.<p>After his …

What makes a language attractive – its sound, national identity or familiarity?

Je t'aime, ti amo, te quiero mucho! Sounds nice doesn't it? If you swoon over sweet nothings whispered in French, Italian or Spanish, you're not alone. But while learning to speak a language famed for its romance may increase your sex appeal, the reason for your preference of one vernacular over …

‘In England I was considered Irish, in Ireland I was English’

‘Ireland and Me’: Emily Jennings, London<p>Mon, Dec 29, 2014, 12:00<p>My relationship with Ireland has always been a tumultuous one. I grew up in London to …

Artificial intelligence: don’t fear AI. It’s already on your phone – and useful

When Joe Weizenbaum found his secretary using a computer program he had created, he was so upset he devoted the rest of his life to warning people not to use its technology. The program was “Eliza”, which gives a passable imitation of a nondirectional psychiatrist; you type sentences such as: “I …

Artificial Intelligence

The internet is the answer to all the questions of our time

In the endless prairie in which the strawmen crowd, thousands of acres are populated by the one of the laziest, and yet most excitingly topical sorts of strawman: the Internet Utopian.<p>The Internet Utopian has just read John Perry Barlow’s Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, a beautiful …

Net Neutrality

Should animals have the same rights as humans?

<b>A New York court will resume hearing a case this week about the possible illegal detention of two chimps at a university lab.</b><p>Lawyers acting for the chimps, Leo and Hercules, want them to be moved to an animal sanctuary. Researchers at Stony Brook University are using the chimps for research on …

Law

Apple Steps Up Efforts to Go Green in China

Apple says it's boosting efforts to go green in China by partnering with conservationists to promote sustainable forestry for paper production.<p>CEO Tim Cook also said in a statement Sunday that he will try to get Apple's Chinese suppliers and contract manufacturers to use renewable energy to power …

World Wildlife Fund

Apple's green initiative offers a smidgen of hope

It's easy to be cynical about big companies' claims that they cherish the environment. If that were so, why are industrial waste and emissions among the biggest reasons our planet is so screwed up?<p>Every so often, though, there's reason for hope. Or at least a smidgen of hope.<p>Apple announced this …

Fossil Fuels

The day when roads will harness solar energy is drawing near

There are some 60 million kilometers (37.3 million miles) of roadways in the world, just sitting there. But adapting these surfaces to do anything besides passively carry traffic has proved difficult and prohibitively expensive.<p>Past attempts include trying to convert the vibrations on roads into …

Clean Energy

Texas flooding: Teen dies driving home from prom as Houston gets deluged

<b>(CNN) —</b> The McComb family is not giving up hope.<p>Laura and Jonathan McComb and their two children -- Leighton and Andrew -- were at a cabin in Wimberley, Texas, on Saturday night when the skies opened, dumping record-breaking rains. Water soon swept the house downstream. Jonathan McComb was found, …

Extreme Weather

Red Curry Delicata Squash and Tofu – Recipe

<i>Red Curry Delicata Squash and Tofu</i><p>Delicata squash is one of my favorite winter squash varieties. It is relatively easy to cut and peel, cooks quickly …

Gluten-Free Goddess Recipes

In my oh-so-generous swag bag from Vida Vegan Bloggers Conference, I got some amaranth from Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods. I had no idea what to do with it--previous efforts have been flops--but JL goes Vegan, and other musings and TheVeganRD suggested I mix it with other grains, and ya know what? It was delish. Check out the easy porridge I made! http://bit.ly/111wjM0