A Turkey of a Day Turmoil in Ferguson Stuff YOU Should Know New Adventures in Outer Space! Stuff YOU Should Know: (Re)Introducing Election Central NaNoWriMo: A Global Creative Writing Marathon To Frack or Not to Frack: A Complicated Question

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A Turkey of a Day
Nov 26, 2014

A Turkey of a Day

Dedicated btw fans know that we have posted about the history of the presidential turkey pardon in the past. But this year, let’s switch it up a bit and examine a different Thanksgiving history angle. (And no, it’s NOT going to be about Pilgrims, Native Americans, and what they might or might not have agreed […]

Turmoil in Ferguson
Nov 25, 2014

Turmoil in Ferguson

In August, btw provided an introduction to the shooting death of Michael Brown and tried to provide some historical context to violent protests in recent U.S. history. Darren Wilson was the Ferguson police officer who encountered Michael Brown and Dorian Johnson in August 2014 while Wilson was on patrol. Brown and Wilson were walking along […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Nov 25, 2014

Stuff YOU Should Know

U.S. and China Agree to Climate Regulations By now, you should be well aware of the many discussions centered around climate change. The big debate, however, continues to be over what steps should be taken to slow or reverse its effects. Earlier this month, President Obama and China’s President Xi Jinping co-announced a climate change […]

New Adventures in Outer Space!
Nov 24, 2014

New Adventures in Outer Space!

The European Space Agency (ESA), Europe’s equivalent of our NASA, successfully landed the first probe ever on a comet on November 12. Mission control is located at the European Space Operations Centre located in Darmstadt, Germany. The Mission Ten years ago, ESA launched a robotic space probe called Rosetta into space. Its original target was […]

Stuff YOU Should Know: (Re)Introducing Election Central
Nov 14, 2014

Stuff YOU Should Know: (Re)Introducing Election Central

As a Social Studies student, you are learning the importance of understanding how the roles and responsibilities of government and elected leaders affect our daily lives. You are also learning that your own role as educated citizens is important in the future of our nation as well. McGraw-Hill Education’s renewed Election Central Web site provides […]

NaNoWriMo: A Global Creative Writing Marathon
Nov 13, 2014

NaNoWriMo: A Global Creative Writing Marathon

Do you like to write? If so, do you sometimes have trouble finding the motivation and inspiration necessary to get those words down on paper (or into your computer)? If so, you’re in luck; November is National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWritMo for the attention-challenged or social media conscious). Humble Beginnings to Viral Sensation In […]

To Frack or Not to Frack: A Complicated Question
Nov 10, 2014

To Frack or Not to Frack: A Complicated Question

Negotiation over ownership of the world’s natural resources has long caused tensions between nations and lead to ongoing, major disputes, including war. One of the major issues of the 2012 presidential election centered around the United States becoming less depending on foreign oil (mostly the Middle East) and more self-reliant in producing its own energy […]

Violent Acts Rock Canada
Oct 31, 2014

Violent Acts Rock Canada

Last month, Canada, recently ranked the seventh “most peaceful nation” by the Institute for Economics & Peace, faced two unrelated but public acts of violence. What Happened? On October 20, in the city of Saint-Jean sue-Richelieu, Quebec, 25-year-old Martin Couture-Rouleau rammed his car into two Canadian Armed Forces soldiers in a mall parking lot, killing […]

The Government’s Latest Actions Against Ebola
Oct 29, 2014

The Government’s Latest Actions Against Ebola

The news and rumors and misunderstanding about the Ebola disease in the United States is continuing to change. The Obama administration has been working this past week to keep informed about the story and develop the guidelines that are needed to keep citizens and health care professionals safe. On the White House blog page, a […]

#Gamergate: Beyond Fun and Games
Oct 24, 2014

#Gamergate: Beyond Fun and Games

Do you play video games? If so, you may be aware of an ongoing controversy that goes by the name #Gamergate. (∗See explanatory note at the end of this article.∗) There has been a lot of coverage, and a lot of confusing accusations, flying around this story. So btw is going to try and break […]