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Reading News for IELTS

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News articles for IELTS and general EFL - Topics, vocabulary and discussion.
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Secret Teacher: do they know it's Christmas?

Secret Teacher: do they know it's Christmas? | Thinking, Speaking, and Writing | Scoop.it
What has happened to Christmas at school? It should be a time for classroom decorations and silly plays, not rapid progress, levels and too much homework
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Story Starters: Creative Writing Prompts for Kids | Scholastic.com

Scholastic's Story Starters kids' writing activity generates creative writing prompts, from general fiction to adventure, fantasy, and science fiction.
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1000 Acts of Kindness

1000 Acts of Kindness | Thinking, Speaking, and Writing | Scoop.it
@joesegal #1000ActsofKindness a project using social media to impact the world - Combine creativity with a heart http://t.co/qwRanOvYaC

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Visual Writing Prompts

Visual Writing Prompts | Thinking, Speaking, and Writing | Scoop.it
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 10, 2013 3:11 PM

Prompts are handy tools.  Students should learn how to write from prompts. However,  never slam the door shut on a student generated topic. Instead encourage students to generate their own prompts whenever they can. 

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Introducing the iPotty. What next? - Read, listen and learn a little English!

Introducing the iPotty. What next? - Read, listen and learn a little English! | Thinking, Speaking, and Writing | Scoop.it
Digital technology is entering the lives of children at an increasingly young age.  More and more teenagers have iPhones and some primary schools are using iPads in class instead of books.  Now, an...
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This Is a Flash Mob Playing 'Here Comes the Sun' In a Spanish Unemployment Office

This Is a Flash Mob Playing 'Here Comes the Sun' In a Spanish Unemployment Office | Thinking, Speaking, and Writing | Scoop.it
Everyone needs a little ray of hope.

I'm not sure if this video is more heartbreaking or heartwarming, but it pretty well captures what's going on in Europe's economy right now. While the day-to-day drama of the continent's debt crisis has subsided, painful austerity measures have helped leave huge swaths of the population jobless.

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Meteorite Carries Ancient Water from Mars

Meteorite Carries Ancient Water from Mars | Thinking, Speaking, and Writing | Scoop.it
Rock is among the oldest known from the Red Planet and matches findings from NASA rovers

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TowardTheStars (TowardtheStars)

TowardTheStars (TowardtheStars) | Thinking, Speaking, and Writing | Scoop.it
TowardTheStars is using Pinterest, an online pinboard to collect and share what inspires you. - Our tribe was created with one single purpose , to help reduce all threats to girlhood that crush our girls' true nature and potential.
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Constipated tortoise cured by vibrator.

Constipated tortoise cured by vibrator. | Thinking, Speaking, and Writing | Scoop.it
A sick tortoise, which had been kept in a glass tank and had become severely constipated having eaten the gravel and stones on its cage floor, has recovered after an ‘adult sexual aid toy’ was used as a vibrating massager strapped to the underside...

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There Is No Lesson Plan For Tragedy – Teachers YOU Know What To Do | Angela Maiers, Speaker, Educator, Writer

There Is No Lesson Plan For Tragedy – Teachers YOU Know What To Do | Angela Maiers, Speaker, Educator, Writer | Thinking, Speaking, and Writing | Scoop.it
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‘Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir’

‘Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir’ | Thinking, Speaking, and Writing | Scoop.it
Cyndi Lauper’s memoir of her unglamorous outer-borough upbringing and not entirely glamorous life since MTV made her a pop star in the 1980s.
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Does English test split families?

Does English test split families? | Thinking, Speaking, and Writing | Scoop.it
Two years after the introduction of a test to prove husbands and wives from outside Europe can speak English before they join partners in Britain, campaigners say it is dividing families.
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Binders Full of Women | Know Your Meme

Binders Full of Women | Know Your Meme | Thinking, Speaking, and Writing | Scoop.it
According to Mitt Romney, he looked at “binders full of women” during his search for senior-level staff during his time as Governor of Massachusetts.
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The Writer's Den - tools and how-to advice for writers of fiction

Tools, advice, inspiration and generators for writers of fiction. Find plot ideas, plot twists, character names,location names for novels, stories and scripts.
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Nap time.

Nap time. | Thinking, Speaking, and Writing | Scoop.it
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Apple - Making a difference. One app at a time.

Apple - Making a difference. One app at a time. | Thinking, Speaking, and Writing | Scoop.it
Each iOS app offers remarkable — and often delightful — possibilities. But the most powerful iOS apps ever are ones that change people's lives in ways they n...

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Imagination Prompt Generator: Random Writing Blog Prompts

Imagination Prompt Generator: Random Writing Blog Prompts | Thinking, Speaking, and Writing | Scoop.it
Random writing and journaling prompts, inspiration, and story starters for writers, bloggers, and visual artists.

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22 Words

22 Words | Thinking, Speaking, and Writing | Scoop.it
22 Words: Curious | Cute | Comical | Crazy
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MODERN FORENSICS PROVES ANCIENT EGYPTIAN KING WAS MURDERED

MODERN FORENSICS PROVES ANCIENT EGYPTIAN KING WAS MURDERED | Thinking, Speaking, and Writing | Scoop.it

Chalk up another crime solved to modern forensics.

Ancient documents say that in 1155BC members of his harem attempted to kill him as part of a palace coup but it was never clear whether the assassination was successful. Some say it was, while other accounts at the time imply the ancient Pharaoh survived the attack, at least for a short while.

Scans of Ramesses III revealed a deep, 2.7 inch (7cm) wide wound to the throat just under the larynx.

Medical scientists say it was probably caused by a sharp blade and could have caused immediate death.


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Charlie Wittke's curator insight, January 28, 4:23 PM

It is unsure whether the assasination was sucsessful immediately. They say he may have survived for a short while.

Christine Barron's curator insight, January 31, 3:20 PM

According to this article, he had a deep wide wound to the throat. I think that the Ancient Egyptian King was assassinated/ slit on the throat by a royal coup.

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We Speak Different Languages

We Speak Different Languages is a movie made by a physically disabled teenager, chronicling the challenges of communication that many people face-not just th...

A must watch video for both you and your students!


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Asteroid discovered on 9th December in near-miss with Earth on 11th December.

Asteroid discovered on 9th December in near-miss with Earth on 11th December. | Thinking, Speaking, and Writing | Scoop.it
Asteroid 2012 XE54 came within 140,000 miles of our planet this morning.

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After Newtown Shooting, Running and Hoping to Find a Child Safe

After Newtown Shooting, Running and Hoping to Find a Child Safe | Thinking, Speaking, and Writing | Scoop.it
Michelle and Curtis Urbina frantically traveled Friday from different directions to reunite with their daughter, a student at Sandy Hook Elementary.
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Gun Control Is A Parenting Issue

Gun Control Is A Parenting Issue | Thinking, Speaking, and Writing | Scoop.it
More than a dozen children went to elementary school this morning and were dead before lunch. White House spokesman Jay Carney says today is not the day to talk about gun control. I disagree. That's all we should talk about today.
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Maria Popova Has Some Big Ideas

Maria Popova Has Some Big Ideas | Thinking, Speaking, and Writing | Scoop.it
Maria Popova is the mastermind of Brain Pickings, one of the faster growing literary empires on the Internet, yet she is virtually unknown.

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Sharrock's curator insight, October 23, 2013 12:52 PM

Everything her Brain Pickings blog/website publishes boils the brain with ideas, images, thoughts, concepts. Every intellectual should have her site in their favorites. 

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The Life Lessons Hidden in Reality TV

The Life Lessons Hidden in Reality TV | Thinking, Speaking, and Writing | Scoop.it
Successful reality-TV shows are never about what they claim to be about. Once you realize that, there is much to be learned.
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