Literature, Literacy and Current Events

Tracks do not appear to be a snow angel!
Tracks do not appear to be a snow angel!

Feb. 19, 2019 - More rain, snow, and sleet will be falling soon over large portions of the country. The National Weather Service (NWS) reports a large dome of high pressure currently in place over the Great Lakes region means wintry weather is on its way. At Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota, a large-winged bird left a unique "snow angel."

Word of the Day
raptor: noun;a bird of prey; Find it in blue in today's top story!

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Remembering the people of D-Day as 75th anniversary nearsRemembering the people of D-Day as 75th anniversary nears
Jan. 11, 2019 - For the upcoming 75th anniversary of D-Day, Student News Net will be honoring the people of D-Day. Sgt. Fred Bahlau was a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne who "dropped" behind enemy lines on D-Day. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was the Supreme Allied Commander who commanded more than 150,000 soldiers on D-Day.

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  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 February 18

cryoseism: noun; phenomenon of ice forming deep in the ground and releasing energy in the form of sound;
A frost quake is not a shake

epidemiologists: noun; scientists and/or doctors who are trained to track infectious diseases and determine the origin of outbreaks;
Romaine lettuce now safe to eat

landslides: noun; action of soil (land) sliding downhill because of lack of support in the soil system;
From Seattle to Secaucus, it's another wicked winter

Today In History

February 20

1963: Charles Barkley, retired professional basketball player, was born in Leads, Alabama.

: Gloria Vanderbilt, fashion designer and mother of CNN reporter Anderson Cooper, was born in New York City.

1920: Carl Stotz, the founder of Little League baseball, was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania where its main administrative offices are still located.

1902: Ansel Adams, photographer famous for his photos of Yosemite National Park in California, was born in San Francisco.

1895: Frederick Douglass, American journalist, orator and antislavery leader, died in the Washington D.C. area.

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