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End of a Dynasty

April 27, 2018

For the first time in almost 60 years, Cuba has a president who is not a member of the Castro family. President Raúl Castro (above, right) formally stepped down on April 19. The Cuban government chose Miguel Díaz-Canel (above, left)…



Danger Zone

March 16, 2018

On March 7, the Japanese volcano Mount Shinmoedake erupted. Smoke and ash filled the sky. For a few days, the volcano spewed ash. Then, on March 10, the eruptions again turned explosive. Buildings vibrated as lava cascaded down the mountainside.…



Countdown to Day Zero

February 26, 2018

It is late at night. People in Cape Town, South Africa, line up to collect water from a spring. One by one they fill their plastic bottles. Each person can take up to 13 gallons. Security guards stand by to…


Text Sets

Tracing The Journey Video

September 9, 2017

Watch this video as an optional extension activity for the refugee text set.


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The Syrians Next Door

December 16, 2016

As the plane lands in Des Moines, Iowa, Ghazweh Aljabooli reaches for her daughter Hala, 6. Ghazweh, her husband—Adbul Fattah Tameem—and their five children are on the last part of a long trip. The kids—Nazeer, 15; Sedra, 13; Haidar, 11;…

Text Sets

G3-4 Text Set: Refuge Seekers

May 3, 2016

People around the world flee their homes to find safety for themselves and their families. Some are even forced to leave. They must leave behind all they know, often with only the things they can carry. This text set explores the topic…