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ReadWorks.org | Thirty 6th-8th Grade Passages

ReadWorks.org | Thirty 6th-8th Grade Passages | Common Core | Scoop.it
Improve your students’ reading comprehension with ReadWorks. Access thousands of high-quality, K-12, articles, lessons, and units for free.
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The True Size Of Africa

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This is another old classic image that I might have shared earlier but it merits repeating. As Salvatore Natoli (a leader in geography education) once said, "In our society we unconsciously equate size with importance and even power." This is one reason why many people have underestimated the true size of Africa relative to places that they view as more important or more powerful.


Tags: mapping, Africa, perspective, images. 


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Afrikasources's curator insight, January 15, 2014 10:10 AM

Just a reminder

Edelin Espino's curator insight, December 5, 2014 11:01 AM

It is incredible big, but unfortunately most of the north area is cover by the big Sahara and most of the are is typically unfertilized. 

Jason Schneider's curator insight, March 9, 2015 4:29 PM

As we can see, there's a little overlapping here and some empty spots but it's pretty accurate. The United States and China are in the top 5 largest countries of the world list and they still fit in the 2nd largest continent of the world, Africa. I'd like to see the size comparison between Africa and Russia. I did some research on that and it turns out that Russia is a little over half the size of Africa, maybe the size of the combination of the United States and China.

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Saudi Arabia is undergoing a "huge transformation"

Saudi Arabia is undergoing a "huge transformation" | Common Core | Scoop.it
Women in conservative Islamic nation reaching new heights, and intend to push further, but with any change, comes risk
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Diary Of A Saudi Girl: Karate Lover, Science Nerd ... Bride?

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For two years, Majd Abdulghani kept a journal during a crossroads in her life: Should she get married or keep studying? Or can she do both?
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Cubans hungry for internet revolution on the Communist island - BBC News

Cubans hungry for internet revolution on the Communist island - BBC News | Common Core | Scoop.it
The BBC's Sarah Rainsford speaks to Cubans on changes to internet rules which now allow residents to receive and send emails on their pones.
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Should Felons Have the Right to Vote?

Should Felons Have the Right to Vote? | Common Core | Scoop.it
Over five million Americans are disenfranchised from voting even if the former inmates are again productive members of society who pay taxes. Several states do not restore the right to vote upon completion of the sentence.
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Thomas Malthus

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Thomas Malthus - Population growth overpowers food supply growth, creating perpetual states of hunger, disease, and struggle. This sociological premise grounded Darwin's biological theory.
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12 Things Students Should Never Do on Social Media

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The last thing young people want is another set of rules. But these days, social media comes with great responsibility.
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ASCD EDge - 5 Top Resources for Aligning Your Social Studies Curricula to the Common Core

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Video: 50,000 Homeless Veterans Nationwide

ABC News' Bob Woodruff travels the country examining new efforts end homelessness among US veterans.
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Is It a Crime to Be Poor?

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The modern equivalent of debtors’ prisons lock people up if they cannot pay.
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The Separatist Map of Africa

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When African states gained independence, the continent's new leaders agreed to respect the old colonial borders to avoid endless wars.


This interactive map shows the major conflicts on the African continent where the combatants have geopolitical aspirations to separate from the state and create a new, autonomous state.  Click on the red arrows and you can read about the warring factions and the current situation in that region.   


Tags: political, governance, Africa, unit 4 political, war, conflict, states, colonialism.


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Arya Okten's curator insight, March 27, 2014 11:48 PM

Unit IV - Non American

Edelin Espino's curator insight, December 5, 2014 11:04 AM

is sad to see how people just refer to it as "Africa" when every part has its own name. Even myself don't know many of them since they are irrelevant for the western people.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 17, 2014 12:08 AM

This interactive map does a great job of not only showing the sate of political struggles and military conflict within the whole of Africa. This shows the new countries many dissidents  and rebels wish to establish in order to give their people a cultural and ethnic home land. This give a good picture of simply how chaotic some parts of Africa truly are and how destabilized many regions are. 

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Business Languages In Africa

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"The Main Languages of Business in Africa."


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Kevin Cournoyer's curator insight, May 6, 2015 10:46 PM

This map is a simple but powerful one. Africa is the continent that contains the most nations (53), yet it uses only six languages for business. Not surprisingly, all of the languages (with the exception of Arabic) are European in origin. Clearly, the effects of colonialism are still felt around the world in former colonies. The languages that were forced upon various African countries by their colonizers have endured and become the main languages of business in their respective countries. What is just as unfortunate as the roots of colonialism holding fast, if not more so, is the absence of any indigenous languages being used as the language of business in any of the countries of Africa. While using a business language that is spoken by much of the world is surely a matter of practicality and logistics, it is still robbing African countries of their heritage and culture to some degree.

 

This brings up the issue of globalization and how it is constantly at odds with the preservation of culture and tradition. In order for Africa (or any continent or region or country) to function in the modern world, it must be capable of conducting business in a language that is spoken by its business partners. The ability to do business with virtually any person, company, or country in the world is an obviously invaluable one. At the same time, however, it allows for the subtle and gradual erasure of unique culture and traditions. So while it would be ideal for cultural preservation for countries to conduct business in their indigenous languages, it seems to be a necessary evil for smaller and less influential countries to adopt the languages of their more powerful and influential business partners if they wish to survive in today's world. 

Chris Costa's curator insight, October 29, 2015 4:24 PM

The lingering effects of colonialism, so strongly relevant in every aspect of African ways of life, are perhaps most evident in the "lingua franca" of African nations today. With a multitude of different ethnicities and languages in use in every African nation today, the result of the arbitrarily drawn national borders made by European colonizers, necessitates the use of the one language that's commonly spoken across every independent nation- a European tongue. This system, while a necessity in today's world, is a solution that no one is quite happy with. It reminds Africans of all ages of the power still held by their colonizers over their everyday lives, a stark reminder of the horrors of the previous century at every business meeting and every exchange of goods. This harms the national psyche of each nation, as well as undermining the importance and pride Africans deservedly maintain in their own native languages. European-made borders, however, make it difficult to find another, native language that every ethnic group can agree upon. As a result, the European languages are still in use in Africa, and will most likely still be in use for some time to come. It's a system that no one likes but, for the time being, everyone must accept as reality.

Mark Hathaway's curator insight, October 30, 2015 7:26 AM

This map is a great resource in showing the diversity of language in Africa. Of course, this map discounts the many native African languages. It instead focuses on the language of business in the continent. That language, has been influence by the European colonization of Africa. The chosen language of business is often tied to the colonizer of the region. The diversity of language in Africa is staggering to say the least.  

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Diary Of A Saudi Girl: Karate Lover, Science Nerd ... Bride?

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For two years, Majd Abdulghani kept a journal during a crossroads in her life: Should she get married or keep studying? Or can she do both?
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Keeping Out the Internet? Non-Democratic Legitimacy and Access to the Web | Taubman | First Monday

The author examines several countries' history with the Internet to illustrate the attractions of the Internet and the lengths to which officials have gone to make this technology politically reliable.
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If I have a felony conviction, can I vote? | Tennessee Secretary of State

If I have a felony conviction, can I vote? | Tennessee Secretary of State | Common Core | Scoop.it
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The U.S. Declared War On Veteran Homelessness — And It Actually Could Win

The U.S. Declared War On Veteran Homelessness — And It Actually Could Win | Common Core | Scoop.it
In 2009, then-Veterans Affairs head Eric Shinseki declared that all homeless veterans would have housing by 2015. New Orleans has made big strides, but in Los Angeles, the problem persists.
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Industrial Revolution Exclusive Videos & Features - HISTORY.com

Industrial Revolution Exclusive Videos & Features - HISTORY.com | Common Core | Scoop.it
Check out exclusive Industrial Revolution videos and features. Browse the latest Industrial Revolution videos and more on HISTORY.com.
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Do Students Still Have Free Speech in School?

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Social media has eroded young people's privacy—and advocates are trying to win it back.
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Tide Starts To Turn Against The 'Crime' Of Being Homeless

Tide Starts To Turn Against The 'Crime' Of Being Homeless | Common Core | Scoop.it
Some local laws make it illegal to sleep or eat outside. Advocates have fought these laws in court. Now, the federal government is taking a stance, pushing ways to help, not criminalize, the homeless.
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