Literature, Literacy and Current Events

Thanksgiving travel - and delays - begin
Thanksgiving travel - and delays - begin

Nov. 19, 2018 - Whether by air, sea, or land, travelers coming and going from Thanksgiving celebrations will have plenty of company. About 54.3 million Americans are projected to travel 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA). That projection is a 4.8 percent increase over last year.

Word of the Day
frayed: adjective;tense, stressed to the point of breaking down, Find it in blue in today's top story!

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Women write history through the Vietnam Women's MemorialWomen write history through the Vietnam Women's Memorial
Nov. 14, 2018 - About 300 people gathered Saturday evening for a Candlelight Ceremony at the Vietnam Women's Memorial to honor its 25th anniversary.

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Questions
  1. Why is Rosa Parks called the 'Mother of the Civil Rights Movement?
  2. What prepared Rosa for the action she took on Montgomery City Bus #2857 on Dec. 1, 1955?
  3. Why was the life Rosa led such a courageous one?

Douglas Brinkley, author of Rosa Parks: A Life, speaks at the Student News Net Symposium on Sept. 14, 2018..

Weekly VOCAB

Week of November 19

ghastly: adjective; awful, horrible;
It's go time for ghastly, ghostly, ghoulish, garrulous goblins

gubernatorial: adjective; related to a governor of a state;
It's Midterm Day at the School of Politics

rugged: adjective; difficult to traverse, rocky, mountainous;
Death toll rises from Camp Fire

topical: adjective; relevant, related to a current issue or topic;
CDC releases novel about disease detectives

Today In History

November 19

1863: Library of Congress: President Abraham Lincoln delivered a short speech at the close of ceremonies dedicating the battlefield cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Honoring a request to offer a few remarks, Lincoln memorialized the Union dead and highlighted the redemptive power of their sacrifice. Placing the common soldier at the center of the struggle for equality, Lincoln reminded his listeners of the higher purpose for which blood was shed.

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