American Red Cross – Emergency Relief around the World

What is the one organization devoted to emergency relief and humanitarian aid that has been present at most international disasters and national crises for the past 133 years? The American Red Cross has provided vital assistance to those in need in chaotic situations around the world regardless of geographical challenges and risk of danger. Through natural […]


Celebrating a British – American Hero: (Sir) Winston Churchill Day

 Sir Winston Churchill  become an Honorary Citizen of the United States on April 9th, 1963. The 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, bestowed the honor of granting citizenship to the World War II British leader and staunch American ally. Churchill was 89 when he received this honor; he died two years later. Winston Churchill […]


Celebrating Women Leaders – March 2014

This month, we celebrate women in history. By focusing on the great number of inventions, discoveries, ideas, and achievements by women throughout history provides students with an appreciation of the ingenuity that women have contributed to our world today. March’s focus on women should merely be a springboard for exploring the accomplishments of hard-working, intelligent, […]


Otzi/Oetzi the Mummy

In 1991, when walking near a melting glacier on the Otztal Alps in South Tyrol, at the border of Austria and Italy, tourists Helmut and Erika Simon noticed something they could not identify. Moving closer, they began to panic when they realized what they had found. It was not a discarded piece of worthless matter […]


Perseverance and the Women’s Suffrage Movement

In 1776, Abigail Adams wrote an interesting letter to her husband. As a member of the Continental Congress, John Adams had been working with colleagues to craft a declaration of independence for the newly ‘united’ states. Abigail reminded John to remember the ladies in this new democracy. In an attempt to placate his wife, John […]


A Lot Happening in 1922

What do the following events have in common: Irish Civil War, Teapot Dome Scandal, the abolishment of the Ottoman Empire, and the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb? The common thread is that all of the mentioned events took place during 1922. Season 4 of the popular PBS series Downton Abbey began airing last month. This […]

The Poetry of E.E. Cummings

The American poet E.E. Cummings (yes, capitalized) was an accomplished painter, and in that vein his poetry is very much a verbal painting written for both the eyes and the ears. He was not the most critically acclaimed poet of his time, but his works were enormously popular; At the time of his death in […]


The Music and Literature of Downton Abbey

Make sure all your planning and grading is done before January 5. You will no doubt want to be free on the fifth to enjoy one final Winter Break indulgence: snuggling up with a cuppa English tea and an American cookie to watch the season premier of Downton Abbey. If this sounds like a delicious […]


Ringing in the New Year

What do these lyrics remind you of? “Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne?” Do the lyrics bring images of balls dropping at midnight on New Year’s Eve and people celebrating the start of a new year? Auld Lang Syne was a Scottish […]

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