The all time leader in medals, Norway, has been having a disappointing run of it this round of the Olympics. It’s easy to think about the Olympics only from a USA-centric point of view (cause why not?), but this article will pull you out of that for a few minutes, and let you feel the disappointment and hopes of the Norwegians.
As always, please read at least the first paragraph of the article, although I’d encourage more.. so you can get to this quote:
The shock wasn’t just so much that the Norwegians lost the races, though that was bad enough. It was that their next-door neighbors, those uppity Swedes, won both.
Article here: Medals, yes, but not the Olympics Norway planned, by Seattlepi
Photo and article by The Daily Beast
Interesting article comparing the rise and fall of Flappy Bird with the grunge movement, specifically focusing on Kurt Cobain. Read away, students, about another take on the Flappy Bird craze.
Addiction & Fame: How Flappy Bird is the App Store’s Grunge Moment
This is a good one. Some solid vocabulary, lots of video, and a topic for those of you who don’t usually like reading..
Remember, at least the first paragraph.
The 12 Best Cars that Never Show Up on ‘Best Cars’ Lists, by Esquire.
Today I’ve included an article pertinent for all of you starting to hear news of the California drought. It turns out that we as a state have HUGE differences in how much we consume per capita per day, with Coastal regions generally performing better than Inland regions. The article also mentions some other major contributors to water usage that can vary from neighbor to neighbor or block to block. Very interesting.
California Drought: Database shows big difference between water guzzlers and sippers
Student Reading: American Cities with the Most Pleasant Weather
Can you guess where San Diego sits on this list?? (we’re not #1). Can you guess how many California cities make up the top 5? And another question: can you guess which states contain the 5 cities with the least pleasant weather? There’s one repeat, i.e. one state contains two cities with the worst weather, so that’s 4 states.
As always, students, please read at least the first paragraph of this article. It’s a short one, so shouldn’t be too painful. Read More
‘Broad City,’ starring Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, tries to crack the 20-something code
From the Washington Post, an inside glimpse into a new series debuting on Comedy Central this week. As always, at least a paragraph, folks, but I would recommend in this case to make it a little longer, as there are some interesting pieces near the end of the article.
Student Reading: Is Major League Soccer About to be a Big Deal?
By Esquire. Convincing arguments that the MLS is making a solid move towards respectability, with some humor and a dash of vocab thrown in. Remember kids, one paragraph is the min.
Student Reading: Daily Coffee Might Enhance Memory
Today I bring you a two-for-one! An article to practice reading and a tip to enhance your memory while studying. Awesome!
As always, make sure to read at least the first paragraph. The rest is up to you.
Student Reading: Google Glass: What You’re Not Supposed to Do
Hello students of reading,
Today I’ve come across an entertaining article that highlights the author’s use of Google Glass.
Again: just read the first paragraph if the topic doesn’t interest you.
Applying to college and filling out applications are stressful. This is not new news. Neither is this: a lot of the stress attached to the application process is due to procrastination. The good news about this old news is it means there’s an easy way to avoid a little (or a lot of) stress.
The application deadline is not a recommended submission date – so save yourself some anxiety and don’t treat it like one. Give yourself a cushion and kick stress to the curb. It’s easy to underestimate the time applying will actually take – and sometimes the easy things we take for granted end up causing us HUGE headaches. For example, many prospective students applying for early decision/action for Fall 2014 admissions with the common application know this all too well.
Read more about glitches with the common app at the New York Times, Washington Post, and CNBC.
So… instead of meeting the deadline, try beating it.