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Articles from across the web that are ripe for discussion and response. I don't search for articles specifically, they're just ones I come across in my regular reading from all sorts of sources and recommendations. They are articles that I may or may not agree with, but that are about topics that students should be aware of and given the opportunity to explore, respond to, and discuss. If you are one of my students, you may select from any of the articles here for your response journal. Remember when reading to consider the quality of the source you've been directed to, it and the author's bias, the reliability of their research/argument, and its intended audience and purpose before you formulate your own opinions and responses.
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An Ontario court has just affirmed that cultural norms that excuse violence have no place here: Editorial | Toronto Star

An Ontario court has just affirmed that cultural norms that excuse violence have no place here: Editorial  | Toronto Star | Response Prompts | Scoop.it
In a welcome ruling the Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that “cultural differences” cannot be used to justify a lighter sentence in criminal cases
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What Your Child's Teacher Really Wants Them to Do During the Summer

What Your Child's Teacher Really Wants Them to Do During the Summer | Response Prompts | Scoop.it
Even after seven years as a high school English teacher, Summer still feels like a special time when students and teachers get to unwind and recharge for the
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No water for poor people: the nine Americans who risked jail to seek justice

No water for poor people: the nine Americans who risked jail to seek justice | Response Prompts | Scoop.it
To live without water means no bath time for your kids, no cooking and no useable toilets. As the city of Detroit cut water to 83,000 homes since 2014, nine activists put their bodies on the line to protest
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The lost art of play: No resilience without risk, says researcher

The lost art of play: No resilience without risk, says researcher | Response Prompts | Scoop.it
Parents might want to shield their children from unpleasant experiences but experts say that playing it too safe is actually harmful.
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Why the British Tell Better Children’s Stories

Why the British Tell Better Children’s Stories | Response Prompts | Scoop.it
Their history informs fantastical myths and legends, while American tales tend to focus on moral realism.
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How to Ruin Your Relationship With Your Teenager

How to Ruin Your Relationship With Your Teenager | Response Prompts | Scoop.it
One evening my sons came home with the same exclamation, "It's amazing how many kids hate their parents!" We talked for an hour or so about why.
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Reebok Schools Donald Trump On What Not To Say To Women

Reebok Schools Donald Trump On What Not To Say To Women | Response Prompts | Scoop.it
The sneaker company took a shot at Trump after his inappropriate remarks to the French first lady.
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What Do Teens Think About When They Think About HIV?

What Do Teens Think About When They Think About HIV? | Response Prompts | Scoop.it
Teens today have never known a world where HIV was a certain death sentence. They missed the “plague years” of AIDS—the confusion, the pop-cultural discussions, the general feeling of hopelessness regarding the disease. This is sometimes referred to as “historical privilege.” It means that through no fault of their own, teens could be unaware of the enormity of the epidemic—the havoc it wreaked, the damage it is still very much capable of causing.
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7 Ways to Rediscover Your Love for Reading

7 Ways to Rediscover Your Love for Reading | Response Prompts | Scoop.it
The worst has happened. You are a librarian, but you have found that you just cannot pick up another book. Maybe you are in a readin
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Outrage over group’s use of Toronto library threatens freedom of speech

Outrage over group’s use of Toronto library threatens freedom of speech | Response Prompts | Scoop.it
Officials, groups have expressed concern and outrage over memorial held at library for lawyer who defended Holocaust deniers
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This employee needed mental health days. This is how her CEO responded

This employee needed mental health days. This is how her CEO responded | Response Prompts | Scoop.it
When Madalyn Parker needed some time off to focus on her mental health, she wrote an e-mail to her co-workers letting them know.
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Kin Aesthetics // Excommunicate Me from the Church of Social Justice

Kin Aesthetics // Excommunicate Me from the Church of Social Justice | Response Prompts | Scoop.it
If we are interested in building mass movements to destroy mass oppression, our movements must include people not like us, people with whom we will never fully agree, and people with whom we have conflict. That’s a much higher calling than railing at people from a distance and labeling them as wrong.
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New $10k photography prize announced for young Canadians

New $10k photography prize announced for young Canadians | Response Prompts | Scoop.it
The national photography prize aims to support the careers of young artists and recognize talented Canadians aged 30 and under.
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Microsoft may be quietly retiring Paint after 32 years

Microsoft may be quietly retiring Paint after 32 years | Response Prompts | Scoop.it
Microsoft is "deprecating" Paint within the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, meaning it won't be developed further and may eventually disappear. If the worst happens, here are your options.
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Gojoy Berries

Gojoy Berries | Response Prompts | Scoop.it
Nestled in Aldergrove, Gojoy Berries is Canada’s one-of-a-kind goji berry farm that invites locals to come pick the superfood fruit.
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Montreal IGA Says It's 1st Supermarket In Canada To Sell Produce Grown On Roof

Montreal IGA Says It's 1st Supermarket In Canada To Sell Produce Grown On Roof | Response Prompts | Scoop.it
"People are very interested in buying local."
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Libraries added to easyJet flights to encourage children to read

Headline Libraries added to easyJet flights to encourage children to read
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The Changing Genders In (and of) Doctor Who

The Changing Genders In (and of) Doctor Who | Response Prompts | Scoop.it
With Jodie Whittaker taking on the mantle of the Thirteenth Doctor, some fans may be wondering how a Time Lord can regenerate into a Time Lady.
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People Share 'Green Flags' That Someone Is A Good Person.

People Share 'Green Flags' That Someone Is A Good Person. | Response Prompts | Scoop.it
Faith in humanity restored!
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The Retailer’s View // What Is Marvel Saying?

The Retailer’s View // What Is Marvel Saying? | Response Prompts | Scoop.it
Both are structures of pure marketing, from the new coats of paint, to the renumbering, to the lenticular covers they just announced. It’s all flash and slight of hand. What do these things actually accomplish. What do they say? And more importantly, does any of it have meaning? Because at least when they were first launching this Hulk series, there were words and the possibility of connection. There was a story where a women experiences deep trauma and has to walk through a world dealing with anger. She’s afraid to express it. She’s afraid to unleash because of what people will think of her and what she will think of herself. Tying in the title and just calling the book Hulk? At the very least, true intent aside, it was a thing that held meaning. For the company, the name invoked ideas of rage and anger that the history of She-Hulk did not. There was meaning there – potential for connection, born from story.
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Dan Mangan wants to help you book live music - in your living room

Dan Mangan wants to help you book live music - in your living room | Response Prompts | Scoop.it
Side Door is a new start-up from Vancouver's Dan Mangan that aims to connect up-and-coming musicians with audiences and hosts in small venues across the country; essentially, a platform for booking and hosting house shows.
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Not for the first time, Microsoft’s fonts have caught out forgers

Not for the first time, Microsoft’s fonts have caught out forgers | Response Prompts | Scoop.it
If you’re going to pretend a document is from 2006, you should use Times New Roman.
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No, you're not entitled to your opinion

No, you're not entitled to your opinion | Response Prompts | Scoop.it
Every year, I try to do at least two things with my students at least once. First, I make a point of addressing them as “philosophers” – a bit cheesy, but hopefully it encourages active learning. Secondly…
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Ted Leo and Amanda Palmer Explain Why We Need Net Neutrality

Ted Leo and Amanda Palmer Explain Why We Need Net Neutrality | Response Prompts | Scoop.it
An up-and-coming band might want to work on their album by sending tracks over email, but without the financial backing of, say, a major label, that might not be an option if their Internet speeds are throttled to a point that sharing large files would be impossible.
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