education

Is It “I Wish I Were” Or “I Wish I Was”?

Picture it. You’re texting your buddy, and you type out “I wish I were.” But there’s that pesky autocorrect, trying to change it to “I wish I was.” Is autocorrect ducking with you, or are you about to commit a grammar faux pas? What is the difference between were and was? Were and was are both …

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243 Easy and Simple Speech Topics

243 Easy and Simple Speech Topics What makes a speech topic easy? DRIf you have interest and knowledge in a specific subject, it makes for an easy speech topic. If a subject is not complex, it makes for an easy subject. If you have interest and knowledge on a simple …

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How to Facilitate Remote Socratic Seminars

How to Facilitate Remote Socratic Seminars Disciplined conversations about texts deepen students’ understanding—and build a sense of community during distance learning. No matter the circumstances, the most powerful learning experiences for high school students often involve student-led discussions that foster connections with each other, as well as with critical texts and …

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Immigration – A Broken System

TRANSLATE 23. Immigration – A Broken System SEARCH IMAGES Immigration in the United States is a complicated and controversial issue. Since the founding of the country people have come from different countries in search of a better life and opportunities. Immigration laws, however, are always changing and are complicated. This leads to many people coming into the U.S. without proper legal status. While some people call immigrants who come …

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Medical Insurance – Making it Easier to Get Health Care

TRANSLATE 22. Medical Insurance – Making it Easier to Get Health Care SEARCH IMAGES Health insurance is one way to pay for health care. Health care includes visits to the doctor, prescription medication, and emergency services. People can pay for medicine and doctor visits directly in cash or they can use health insurance. Health insurance usually means you pay less for these services. There are different types of health …

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One Country, Many Taxes

TRANSLATE 21. One Country, Many Taxes SEARCH IMAGES Taxes are special fees charged by a government on the people who live in a country, state or city. These fees help pay for public services like police, road and bridge repair, and public schools. In the United States people have to pay national, state, and local taxes. Income tax is a tax applied to how much money a person earns in …

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Lottery – A Chance at Millions

TRANSLATE 20. Lottery – A Chance at Millions SEARCH IMAGES In the United States, 43 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, all have their own lottery. A lottery is used for states to raise money. Licensed stores sell numbered tickets, or people can pay to choose their own numbers. When you let a machine pick your numbers, it is usually called a …

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Thanksgiving – Families Coming Together

TRANSLATE 19. Thanksgiving – Families Coming Together SEARCH IMAGES Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated by many people in the United States and Canada. In the United States it is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November and marks the start of the Christmas season. Some people celebrate Thanksgiving to remember the first harvest of the pilgrims and puritans, groups of people from England who immigrated to North America in the …

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Chanukah – A Holiday of Lights

TRANSLATE 18. Chanukah – A Holiday of Lights SEARCH IMAGES Chanuka, which can also be spelled as Hanukkah, is an 8-day Jewish holiday. It is known as the Festival of Lights, which celebrates the dedication of an ancient Jewish temple in Jerusalem thousands of years ago. According to the Hebrew, or Jewish Bible, a miracle took place then. A one-day supply of oil miraculously lasted eight days. The dates of …

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Veterans Day – A Holiday Honoring All Soldiers

TRANSLATE 17. Veterans Day – A Holiday Honoring All Soldiers SEARCH IMAGES Veterans Day is an official United States holiday observed on November 11th every year. While Memorial Day remembers those who have died while serving in any of the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces — Army, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard, Veterans Day honors all members of the armed forces, especially the living. As …

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