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Literacy Education - Teaching Literacy

Did you know functional illiteracy plagues 40-50% of US adults? Literacy education increases comprehension for everyday reading and beyond. Find out if you could benefit here.
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The Unsinkable Titanic

The Unsinkable Titanic | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it
From health to home, money to food, family, travel, work, holidays and more, Reader’s Digest focuses on simple tips and time-saving insights to help make life simpler and better.

 

Article on the Unsinkable Titanic -- sinking.

 

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DOAJ -- Directory of Open Access Journals

DOAJ -- Directory of Open Access Journals | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it

Full text, free, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals searchable by journal title and subject (including boolean search).

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Birth Control Methods: How Well Do They Work?

Birth Control Methods: How Well Do They Work? | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it
Some birth control methods work better than others. This chart compares how well different birth control methods work.

 

Health class resources for low level readers

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - Man of Peace In a Time of War

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - Man of Peace In a Time of War | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it
A rare and candid TV interview with Martin Luther King, Jr. - unseen in 40 years - is the centerpiece of this timely tribute. Watch free movies and documentaries at SnagFilms.

 

8th Social Studies

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Build Ups and Slim Downs: Reshaping America

Informational Text on the history of the preoccupation on dieting and fitness in America. Very readable. Comes from the Journal Skepsi through the Directory of Open Access Journals. 

 

Use with 8th grade LA or FACS.

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Three Reasons Why Smoking Is Bad

Three Reasons Why Smoking Is Bad | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it
Three Reasons Why Smoking Is Bad. Smoking is a serial killer. It lures with its dangerous charm, its reckless glamor, its knack for attracting vulnerable souls seeking momentary relief from daily stress.

 

Article for 6th LA to support the CCSS - "cite textual evidence to support a claim" in an argument piece.

 

More sophisticated argument and longer explanations for the evidence than the recycling article, but a familiar topic; good for advanced at level or lower honors groups.

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Three reasons why buying a first-generation iPad mini may be foolish

Three reasons why buying a first-generation iPad mini may be foolish | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it

The iPad mini has a really impressive design and is probably the most attractive-looking small tablet on the market right now. But as Business Insider’s Jay Yarow points out, it may be wise to hold off and wait until the company comes out with a second-generation version sometime in 2013.

 

Teachers looking for argument articles with clear claims, evidence for claims, and explanations of that evidence will like this article on the latest device from Apple. Richer in content, longer, requires more background knowledge, very timely for the holiday season, 2012.

 

Article offered to 6th LA Honors teachers.

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Was Romney Destined To Lose?

Was Romney Destined To Lose? | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it
Three Reasons Why Mitt Romney Lost - The Huffington Post...

 

Teachers looking for argument articles with clear claims, evidence for claims, and explanations of that evidence will like this article on why Mitt Romney lost the election. 

 

The language is sophisticated enough to require some background knowledge of the topics, so this would work better for 8th grade students than for younger grades.

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The Immune System | Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Video resources for Science; this particular one is related to the Immune System, but there are many animations and short videos from this Australian source.

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Parting with privacy with a quick click

Parting with privacy with a quick click | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it
While gaming or talking through social networks, adolescents may give away reams of information, often without a thought.

 

Pair with article on Loose Lips Sink Ships ("Five Social Networking Tips for Military Members") from USAA magazine, October, 2012.

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Mike Daisey: Leslie Chang Does Important Work, But She's Wrong, Naive, and Tech Propaganda

Chinese workers building iPhones -- is it the worst existence ever or not? Mike Daisey comments on Leslie Chang's TED video about her experiences living among factory workers in China for two years and what she learned from them about their feelings, their experiences, their past and their hopes for the future. 

 

Watch the video first, then read the commentary.

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Breaking News, Analysis, Politics, Blogs, News Photos, Video, Tech Reviews - TIME.com

Breaking News, Analysis, Politics, Blogs, News Photos, Video, Tech Reviews - TIME.com | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it
In law enforcement, there are few situations that are clear-cut, and disorderly conduct is one of the fuzziest...

 

Gates as guilty of disorderly conduct - pair with Crowley as racist

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The Sinking Of Titanic

On her maiden voyage, RMS Titanic was the largest active ship in the world. Equipped with the latest safety features she was thought by some to be unsinkable...

 

Discovery channel  Sinking of the Titanic to pair with article. 7th LA

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Photographs and video footage of the sinking of the Titanic.

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Feasibility Study of Using Excess Heat from GTL Process for Seawater Desalination | Srivatsan | Energy and Environment Research

Feasibility Study of Using Excess Heat from Gas-To-Liquid Process for Seawater Desalination

 

This is a dense article which a student might be able to skim to learn the basics of what these scientists are trying to do. It's a real-life example of an exothermic reaction and how the resulting energy could be recaptured for other uses.

 

8th Science: Exothermic Reactions -- extension article

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How To Create an Exothermic Chemical Reaction

How To Create an Exothermic Chemical Reaction | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it
How to create an exothermic reaction, rusting steel wool with vinegar.

 

Author has a PhD and has taught at the high school and college levels.

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Do It Now Online | Catalog 2009-10

The digital publications catalog of Do It Now Online, an information service of the Do It Now Foundation.

 

Health topics

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DOAJ -- Directory of Open Access Journals

Search page for DOAJ, by journal title or by keyword.

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Technology Is Changing How Students Learn, Teachers Say

Technology Is Changing How Students Learn, Teachers Say | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it
There is a widespread belief among teachers that digital technology is hampering students’ attention spans and ability to persevere, according to two surveys.

 

Students can read and respond to this article as a prompt for an argument essay.

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Three reasons why we should recycle - RecyclingCenters.org

Three reasons why we should recycle - RecyclingCenters.org | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it
Recycling is easy and helps create jobs.

 

Article for 6th LA to support the CCSS - "cite textual evidence to support a claim" in an argument piece.

 

Simple, straightforward style, easy to identify claim, evidence and explanations. Good for at level classes.

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3 Reasons Why PC Demand Can Get Weaker Still - Forbes

3 Reasons Why PC Demand Can Get Weaker Still - Forbes | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it

This has been a rough year for all of the players in the PC sector: plagued by a combination of weak IT spending, tablet cannibalization, some mixed opinions for Windows 8 and various other factors, PC sales have stumbled badly, falling about 8%.

 

Teachers looking for argument articles with clear claims, evidence for claims, and explanations of that evidence will like this article.

 

The topic is sophisticated; judge the particular audience for their ability to comprehend the material, although kids into tech may find this very easy and interesting.

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3 Reasons why McDonalds will be just fine

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http://investorplace.com/2012/11/3-reasons-why-mcdonalds-will-be-just-fine/

 

Teachers looking for argument articles with clear claims, evidence for claims, and explanations of that evidence will like this article on McDonald's. It contains stock trading information which could be deleted prior to presenting to students to make the article easier to read. 

 

Recommended for 8th grade or 7th H

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5 Social Networking Tips for Military Members

USAA Magazine is written for active and retired military members who have insurance with USAA; this particular article describes the unwitting sharing of personal information (especially location) via the metadata associated with photos uploaded to social networking sites like Facebook.

 

Service men and women have put their fellow soldiers at risk by keeping in touch with friends and family from secret locations; pair this article with Parting with Privacy and hand it to teachers teaching WWII -- "Loose Lips (still) Sink Ships!"

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Teens, kindness and cruelty on social network sites | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

Teens, kindness and cruelty on social network sites | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it
How American teens navigate the new world of "digital citizenship"...

 

Multiple surveys about teens' use of social networking and their behavior, safety, and a parent's role in guiding them.

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