Article of the Week
America's Founding Documents: The Constitution
This week is Constitution Week! The Constitution acted like a colossal merger, uniting a group of states with different interests, laws, and cultures. Without it, the American Experiment might have ended as quickly as it had begun. Learn more about the creation of this important document with our Article of the Week.
Flight 93 Memorial
This week's article honors the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks with a specific focus on the heroic efforts of the crew and passengers of United Airlines Flight 93. This was a domestic passenger flight that was hijacked by four al-Qaeda terrorists on board. The passengers and crew fought to regain control and divert the plane from its intended target of the U.S. Capitol building. The actions of the individuals onboard instead forced the plane to crash in a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. All on board were killed, including the four hijackers, but no one on the ground was injured. This two-part article offers a personal reflection of the crash site and an overview of the 93-foot musical memorial designed to honor those on board the plane. Students will read the article and listen to a segment of the memorial's wind chimes in motion.
Ranked: The 10 Happiest Countries in the World in 2019
Findings from the Happiness Research Institute are in! The data focuses on happiness and the community with an emphasis on technology, social norms, conflicts, and government policies. Read this week's article to discover the happiest countries and find the answer to the question you may be asking yourself: Where does the United States rank?
August 19th was World Photography Day!
To celebrate, our article this week reviews the impact photographs have on the way we perceive events, people, and places. Read along to discover the history of photojournalism, and take a peek at some of the more influential photographs taken throughout history.
USA Swimming Relies on ‘Secret Weapon’ and Analytics to Get Smarter, Faster
What happens when you combine the power of technology with the mind of a brilliant engineer? For the USA swim team, this combination means the potential to fine-tune swimmers' performances and win more medals. Read this week's article to learn how data is collected, examined, and analyzed to achieve results in this sports field.
‘It Snuck Up On Us’: Scientists Stunned by ‘City-Killer’ Asteroid That Just Missed Earth
Did you know a giant asteroid whizzed "uncomfortably close" to us a few weeks ago? If not, you're not alone. The large rock was not detected or monitored by scientists until less than 24 hours before it zoomed past the Earth. This week's article discusses why the detection happened so late and provides suggestions for the future protection of our planet.