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Japan will use ninja to help boost tourism over the next few years. Ninja will help to promote the Tokyo Olympics. Japan is changing its immigration policy because it needs workers. Japan is an aging society. This means it does not have enough workers. The passport of the United Arab Emirates has risen to the top spot on the list of the world's most powerful passports. A man from Norway has photographed a rare white reindeer calf - in time for Christmas. A court in Australia has judged that the use of the word "Kiwi" to describe a person from New Zealand is not discriminatory.

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The new artwork was created by the British artist Damien Hirst. The legendary rock 'n' roll singer Elvis Presley has been posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The campaign group A health group wants to ban the 'freakshake' milkshake that is packed with 'grotesque' levels of sugar. Using social media too much and posting many selfies have caused a rise in narcissism, according to a new study.

New photographs have been released to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War on November 11, A study from Stanford University in the USA reports that babies of older fathers may be more likely to have health problems. Earth is losing wildlife at a faster rate than at any time in history. This is according to the new "Living Planet Report".

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France's government has asked Google to blur all images of French prisons on the Internet. There is public outcry in Australia over controversial plans to use the Sydney Opera House as a "billboard" to advertise a horse race. Tokyo's world-famous Tsukiji fish market has closed after 83 years of trading. It shut permanently at noon on Saturday.

A university in the UK has voted to replace hand clapping with 'jazz-hand waving'. A poor potato harvest in Europe this summer could mean French fries are up to three centimeters shorter than usual. Rugby players with tattoos are being asked to cover them up during next year's World Cup in Japan. Tanzania's President John Magufuli has advised women in his country to stop taking birth control pills. The sportswear maker Nike has announced it will use American football player Colin Kaepernick in its advertising campaign.

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A theme park in France has established a novel and environmentally-friendly way of keeping its grounds free of litter. More people are seeking and having facial procedures to look like their Snapchat selfies.

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Scientists say they have uncovered details about who built the 5,year-old prehistoric monument Stonehenge. Over half of British people take tea bags with them when they leave Britain to go on holiday or go on a business trip. Many people cannot sleep without using a fan, but scientists say this could be bad for us. What does the Sun sound like? Perhaps you have never thought about what kinds of sounds the Sun makes, but scientists have found out. Doctors are warning people to use suntan lotion correctly or risk serious burns or skin damage. Space enthusiasts will soon have the chance to purchase a piece of space exploration history.

Mexico's president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is leading by example in his country's austerity drive. Humanity is set to enter a new era of transport as a flying car could go on sale next year. Scientists in the Amazon rainforest have come across a new wasp that could encourage Hollywood to make a horror movie. The president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has made people angry. He said he would resign if anyone can prove that God exists. Images of an American trophy hunter posing for a photo next to a black giraffe that she had shot and killed in South Africa have caused outrage online.

There is good news about the twelve boys and their football coach who are trapped in a Thai cave. A simple TV advertisement for a razor has created great debate online. The ad simply shows women shaving real body hair. A Russian billionaire has attended his inauguration as leader of humankind's first ever nation in space.

British singer Sting has called world leaders "half-men and cowards" for their failure to solve the refugee crisis. A BBC team has filmed disturbing footage of the devastating impact plastic pollution is having on seabirds. Algeria has turned off its Internet all over the country to stop students cheating in high school exams.

A former U. A politician in the United Kingdom has blocked a new law on upskirting from being passed. Japan's government has lowered the age at which people become adults. It is the first time since that this has happened. Pope Francis has given a stark warning to around 50 of the world's top oil company executives about the threat to humanity from fossil fuels. Scientists at the Canadian company Carbon Engineering have said they are close to making carbon capture work.

Women are on the rise in Spanish politics. Spain's newly-formed government consists of eleven women and six men. A French swimmer will try to become the first person to swim across the Pacific Ocean. Authorities in China are asking couples who file for divorce to take an exam to reduce the rising divorce rate. Malaysians have helped their government with its money problems. Hotter weather leads to lower exam results, and may reduce learning in both the short term and long term. A South Korean pop act has reached number one in the U. It might not be everyone's cup of tea, but scientists say cockroach milk could become a new superfood.

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    The American rapper and songwriter Kendrick Lamar has become the first non-classical or jazz musician to win the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for music. A new study says that going to bed late may be bad for our health. It may even shorten our life. Japanese researchers have discovered enough reserves of rare-earth metals REMs to satisfy global demand for up to years. Saudi Arabia will soon have its very first national orchestra and opera, with the help of France.

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    Conservationists and animal lovers are in mourning today for the loss of Sudan the rhinoceros. The world-famous physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking published an important paper before he died last week. A top British official has said the UK government should set a target date for everybody in England to speak English.

    Students in the USA took part in a protest on Wednesday. Tens of thousands of high-schoolers walked out of their schools to protest against gun violence. A revolutionary, low-cost use of 3D printers to construct houses may help the homeless in developing countries. A historic summit between U. Technology has come to the rescue of Japanese farmers.

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    It is moving into the luxury travel market. Fashion designers and clothing experts are wondering how a new suit might change their industry. The new superhero movie Black Panther is breaking box office records. It is the highest moneymaking debut ever for a February film. Everyday household items such as toothpaste, deodorant and perfume contain volatile compounds that help to cause pollution.

    A passenger on a flight in the USA was asked to leave the airplane because she complained about a crying baby. An American woman has been diagnosed with the rare Foreign Accent Syndrome after waking up with a British accent. An early species of humans who lived between , and 35, years ago were not as good at drawing as early modern humans. The tiny city-state of Monaco on France's Mediterranean coastline is having problems finding space for rich people. Scientists have warned of the potential threat from Earth's magnetic poles flipping upside down.

    All prisoners in the U. Banana farmers in Japan have created a special technique for growing bananas with a peel we can eat. A team of elite mountain climbers from Poland made a hazardous night rescue on the 8,meter-high Nanga Parbat mountain in the Pakistani Himalayas. There have been crazy scenes in supermarkets across France. Shoppers have been fighting and punching each other to buy jars of the hazelnut spread Nutella. Centipedes use venom that packs a serious punch that can cause rapid paralysis and death in insects and small animals. Scientists have changed their estimation of when adolescence ends and adulthood starts.

    South and North Korea have agreed to use the same flag at next month's Winter Olympics. Spain is set to replace the USA as the world's second most popular tourist destination. Scientists have an idea that could help us get to sleep faster. All you need is a pen and paper and write a to-do list.

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    The year is just days old, but already there are indications it will be a great 12 months. The United Kingdom is doing a lot to increase its use of renewable energy. It is moving away from fossil fuels. Scientists have found out why certain smells recall feelings of nostalgia and can recall distant memories. Researchers have found that singing in groups could have positive effects on reducing anxiety and depression.

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      Scientists from two of the USA's elite universities have pioneered a new method of creating artificial muscles. French President Emmanuel Macron has started a new project to try and bring an end to violence against women. The amount and brightness of light from towns and cities around the world is at a high level. An American scientist is going to try and prove his belief that the Earth is flat. Thousands of people are in the streets of Zimbabwe asking for President Robert Mugabe to resign.

      The operators of Tokyo's Tsukuba Express line apologized for one of its trains leaving 20 seconds too early. A Chinese media company has bought the hugely popular social video app musical. New research shows that it is bad for children to watch TV, tablet or mobile phone screens before bedtime. Australia's high-speed, state-of-the-art broadband network is under attack from thousands of birds. New Zealand's government has announced a ban on the purchase of homes by foreigners. Update, March To introduce it, Matthew Green writes :.

      This is hardly the first time high school students have led the charge in pushing for nationwide reforms. In fact, the nascent Never Again movement follows in a long tradition of middle and high school students who, despite being too young to vote, have helped lead landmark social and political movements. Among the most recent and often overlooked examples include the young people on the front line of the Black Lives Matter movement, Dreamers activists fighting for immigration reform, and the group of American Indian youth who helped spark the Standing Rock movement in South Dakota last winter.

      As University of Oklahoma professor Kathryn Schumaker noted in a recent Washington Post commentary , student protesters have long risked disciplinary action or worse to force the nation to have difficult conversations about the future they stand to inherit. Some were successful and others brutally crushed, but even the latter still resonate. Invite students to study the slide show , and read the Times article. What do these movements have in common? How do they differ? Then, invite them to choose one of featured movements and delve into it more deeply.

      As they do so, they might use the same chart they kept in the first part of this lesson to take notes: What did these students want? What actions did they take to get it? What impact did those actions have, and why? To report back to the class on their findings, they might answer a version of the same questions we asked about the current gun-violence activism:. How were they unique to their time, place and circumstances? But when it exploded into national view in after the police killing of Michael Brown, 18, many of the protesters who filled the streets of Ferguson, Mo. Parkland students themselves have credited Black Lives Matter as a model for their own movement:.

      In early March, several of the Parkland students met with students in Chicago to talk about how to combat gun violence in communities nationwide. If your students choose this youth-led movement to research further, they might also address these questions:. If so, what do they think accounts for those differences? What evidence can they find to support their point of view? Though we have focused on gun violence in this lesson, there are, of course, many other issues young people are passionate about. What problems in our world might inspire the students you teach to start or join a movement for change?

      Identify issues important in their lives and community, and decide on one to address. Research the chosen issue and decide how to change or improve the situation. Plan an action, including determining a goal for change; identifying who or what body in the community has power to make the change; and deciding how to approach that person or those people.

      Carry out the action through letters, talks, meetings with officials, policy proposals, and activities, depending on the specific goals of the project. Reflect on the effort when it is over in order to understand their successes, challenges, and ways to continue learning in the future. Invite your students to write individually, then brainstorm as a group, as many answers as they can to these questions:. Students might write their answers on the board, on sticky notes or in a shared class document so that everyone can see the range of ideas. Next, invite them to group what they find into several broad categories.

      Finally, have students team up around related issues to decide what to do next. Consider a Range of Actions. Not everyone is comfortable speaking on camera, or walking out of school for a cause, yet everyone can find something to do to effect change. Useful at all grade levels.

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      An excellent complement to the video A Time for Justice. Dutton, reprint edition One of the best overviews of the Civil Rights Movement in a single volume. Fast-paced and well-written. Howell Raines interviewed key figures of the Civil Rights Movement. The voices of ordinary people who make extraordinary sacrifices in the name of justice come alive in this book. A massive collection of first-person accounts of different types of activists in the Civil Rights Movement.

      An excellent resource. A companion book to the Eyes on the Prize video series. Indiana University Press, A comprehensive look at the Civil Rights Movement with engaging text. Contains a variety of creative teaching ideas. Provides lessons and articles for K educators on how to go beyond a "heroes" approach to the Civil Rights Movement. Includes interactive, interdisciplinary lessons, readings, writings, and interviews. Encourages teachers to take a global and historical look at the meaning of civil rights struggles. Roberson, and Rhonda Y. Williams, eds. Routledge, Teaching ideas for high school and college level courses including reflections and syllabi on history, drama, music, composition, and social movements.

      Freedom School, Yes! A fictionalized account of Freedom Summer in when northern young adults traveled south to teach. Kindergarten and up. In the summer of two boys, one white and one black, are excited that they will finally be able to swim at a previously segregated all-white swimming pool.

      The beautiful drawings bring to life the narrative, which takes a twist when officials decide to fill the pool with asphalt. A wonderfully illustrated book that describes the struggle of the great African-American author Richard Wright's attempt to get access to all-white libraries. Appropriate for all ages and a good way to introduce Wright's works to older students. The story of six-year-old Ruby Bridges, the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school, and how she deals with the hatred and prejudice.

      The story of Ruby Bridges' brave action to integrate her elementary school. Photos, quotations, and Bridges' own words make this a powerful book. An easy-to-read book that describes the struggles of the integration of Central High School. A lively autobiography that describes segregation and the bus boycott. Fourteen-year-old Sheryl, traveling from Brooklyn to the South, is awakened to racist segregation and gets involved with her uncle who is working in the Civil Rights Movement.

      A year-old white boy returns to Mississippi to visit his racist grandfather who raised him. He finds himself surrounded by controversy in the midst of the lynching of Chicago teenager Emmett Till. Written from the perspective of a white teenager who deals with racism and his role as a bystander, this novel lays the basis for discussions of the need for whites to be allies against racism. Use with Crowe's book Getting Away with Murder. This quasi-mystery is set during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Twelve-year-old Alfa, his older sister, and his grandmother walk everywhere and struggle to pay the rent.

      When someone starts stealing their money, the children get jobs, only to be accused of stealing themselves. Fourth grader Kenny Watson tells the story of his family in Flint, Mich. Funny, riveting, and genuine, this story will bring this aspect of the civil rights struggle alive for students. This book details Rustin's work in the Civil Rights Movement. A key player in every major U. Part of a series of non-fiction children's books edited by Alex Haley, this book describes the struggle by high school students to integrate Little Rock's Central High School. Anne Moody's autobiographical account of coming of age in Mississippi during the first half of the Civil Rights Movement is a must-read for high school and college students.

      Moody creates an unforgettable image of the inequities and violence that characterized southern society.