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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 […]

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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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Nelson Mandela 1918 – 2013

Nelson Mandela once said, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” December 5, 2013 marked the passing of one of the greatest representatives of freedom and democracy of our time. […]

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Remembering D-Day

June 6th, 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, a pivotal point in World War II. Due to its massive scale and success, this operation also stands as one of the most extraordinary accomplishments in military history. Between paratroopers, glider-borne troops, and soldiers traveling by ship, Allied forces shuttled over 155,000 […]

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The Cuban Missile Crisis

For thirteen days in October 1962, the world waited while two super powers, the United States and the Soviet Union, challenged each other over nuclear weapons on the island of Cuba. After World War II, the world experienced a new war: the Cold War. On one side sat the United States and her North Atlantic […]

The War of 1812

During this second war for independence, Francis Scott Key penned the Star Spangled Banner, an opposition power invaded and burned the capital of the United States, Washington, DC, and a future president, Andrew Jackson, became a war hero. Almost thirty years after the colonies successfully defeated Great Britain and gained their independence, tensions over impressment, […]

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Myths for Today

Myths are among the world’s oldest stories. They have endured for eons. Invite students to be the latest generation to fall under their spell. Magical objects, tricky animals, and clever women. Epic battles and heroic challenges. Journeys to heaven and the underworld. This is the stuff of myths. Originally, they explained the world. Today, they […]

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Christmas around the World

Can you imagine celebrating Christmas during the summer? What would you think about celebrating the holiday on January 7 instead of December 25? What traditions come to mind when you hear the word Christmas? You might think of Christmas traditions like the decorating of the Christmas tree, the hanging of stockings, the arrival of a […]

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