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Today in History: South Pole Is Discovered 

On December 14th, 1911 Roald Amundsen (1872-1928) of Norway became the first¬†explorer to reach the South Pole, defeating his British rival Robert Falcon Scott in the race which began¬†in October. While Amundsen used sleigh dogs in his dangerous trek, Scott deployed Siberian motor sledges, ponies and dogs only to reach the site a month later …

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Today in History: Erie Canal Opens 

I've got a mule and her name is Sal/Fifteen Miles on the Erie Canal/She's a good ol' worker and a good ole' pal/Fifteen Miles on the Erie Canal. -- Bruce Springsteen, "Erie Canal" The Boss certainly popularized our understanding of this significant waterway, where low bridges were common and locks were plenty. Men and mules …

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Teaching Current Events: Resources for Teachers 

News stories offer many possibilities when it comes to bringing new topics to life in the classroom. For one thing, teaching students about current events allows for a multitude of opportunities to help students understand contemporary culture and gather their thoughts on issues as they unfold. Current events can be used as jumping off points …

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