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Homework AssignmentFriday, May 24, 2019 at 10:04 am

Mr. SerranoArticle Comprehension:
1) When will Memorial Day be celebrated in 2019?
2) What does Memorial Day signify to most Americans?
3) How do most Americans celebrate Memorial Day?
4) What is the real purpose of Memorial Day?
5) What is the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day?
6) Why did General Logan come up with the idea of Memorial Day?
7) What did Logan call the day?
8) How did Logan celebrate the holiday?
9) When did the Southern States adopt Memorial Day?
10) What other holiday do some Southern States still observe?
11) When did the US Congress declare Memorial Day an official holiday?
12) Why did the US Congress move the holiday's date to the last Monday in May?
13) What has happened since the date was changed?
14) What did former US president Bill Clinton do to remind Americans about the significance of Memorial Day?
15) What does the author want you to do this Memorial Day?

Memorial Day Is More Than The Unofficial Start Of Summer

Memorial Day, which will be celebrated on Monday, May 27, 2019, is considered by many Americans as the unofficial start of summer. For some, that means kick-starting the warm season with a three-day getaway; for others, it is a day to host barbecues or lounge by the pool with family and friends.  Though these are great ways to celebrate the holiday, what often gets forgotten is its real purpose — to honor and remember the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces who sacrificed their lives to defend America's freedom.

Homework AssignmentWednesday, May 22, 2019 at 11:11 am

Mr. SerranoArticle Comprehension:
1) When will Memorial Day be celebrated this year?
2) What is the purpose of the holiday?
3) Who held the first Memorial Day celebration?
4) Why did General John A. Logan decide to declare Memorial Day a national holiday in 1868?
5) What did Logan call the holiday?
6) How was the first national Memorial Day celebrated?
7) When did the Southern States begin celebrating the holiday?
8) What do some of the Southern States do to honor perished Confederate soldiers?
9) Who began the tradition of wearing artificial red poppies on Memorial Day?
10) Who makes Buddy Poppies?
11) Why did the US Congress decide to move Memorial Day to the last Monday in May?
12) Why did former President Bill Clinton sign the National Moment of Remembrance Act?
13) What does the law urge Americans to do on Memorial Day?

Honoring Our Fallen Heroes On Memorial Day

Memorial Day, which will be celebrated on Monday, May 29 this year, is one of the most important holidays in the American calendar. Observed annually on the last Monday of the month, it honors the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Though the tradition is believed to have been started by local communities in the late 1800’s, the first official Memorial Day celebration is credited to Waterloo, New York. On May 5, 1866, the town’s residents organized a community-wide event to pay respects to perished soldiers by decorating their graves with flowers and flags.

Homework AssignmentWednesday, May 22, 2019 at 11:07 am

Mr. SerranoArticle Comprehension:
1) When will Memorial Day be celebrated this year?
2) What is the purpose of the holiday?
3) Who held the first Memorial Day celebration?
4) Why did General John A. Logan decide to declare Memorial Day a national holiday in 1868?
5) What did Logan call the holiday?
6) How was the first national Memorial Day celebrated?
7) When did the Southern States begin celebrating the holiday?
8) What do some of the Southern States do to honor perished Confederate soldiers?
9) Who began the tradition of wearing artificial red poppies on Memorial Day?
10) Who makes Buddy Poppies?
11) Why did the US Congress decide to move Memorial Day to the last Monday in May?
12) Why did former President Bill Clinton sign the National Moment of Remembrance Act?
13) What does the law urge Americans to do on Memorial Day?

Honoring Our Fallen Heroes On Memorial Day

Memorial Day, which will be celebrated on Monday, May 29 this year, is one of the most important holidays in the American calendar. Observed annually on the last Monday of the month, it honors the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Though the tradition is believed to have been started by local communities in the late 1800’s, the first official Memorial Day celebration is credited to Waterloo, New York. On May 5, 1866, the town’s residents organized a community-wide event to pay respects to perished soldiers by decorating their graves with flowers and flags.

Homework AssignmentWednesday, May 22, 2019 at 11:07 am

Mr. SerranoArticle Comprehension:
1) When is Memorial Day?
2) Why is the holiday observed?
3) What is the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day?
4) Why did General Logan decide to observe Decoration Day?
5) What did Logan do on that day?
6) When did the Southern States start celebrating the day?
7) Why did US lawmakers decide to change Memorial Day to the last Monday of May?
8) How has the change in day affected the celebrations?
9) Who introduced the 'National Moment of Remembrance Act?'
10) What does the law require Americans to do?

Why We Celebrate Memorial Day

On Monday, May 30, Americans will celebrate Memorial Day. The Federal holiday that is observed annually on the last Monday of the month is highly anticipated by all, for various reasons. To students, it signifies the end of the school year and the start of a long lazy summer break. For adults, the holiday is a reminder to firm up vacation plans and host barbecue parties.

Homework AssignmentTuesday, May 21, 2019 at 11:05 am

Mr. SerranoArticle Comprehension:
1) When will Memorial Day be celebrated in 2019?
2) What does Memorial Day signify to most Americans?
3) How do most Americans celebrate Memorial Day?
4) What is the real purpose of Memorial Day?
5) What is the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day?
6) Why did General Logan come up with the idea of Memorial Day?
7) What did Logan call the day?
8) How did Logan celebrate the holiday?
9) When did the Southern States adopt Memorial Day?
10) What other holiday do some Southern States still observe?
11) When did the US Congress declare Memorial Day an official holiday?
12) Why did the US Congress move the holiday's date to the last Monday in May?
13) What has happened since the date was changed?
14) What did former US president Bill Clinton do to remind Americans about the significance of Memorial Day?
15) What does the author want you to do this Memorial Day?

Memorial Day Is More Than The Unofficial Start Of Summer

Memorial Day, which will be celebrated on Monday, May 27, 2019, is considered by many Americans as the unofficial start of summer. For some, that means kick-starting the warm season with a three-day getaway; for others, it is a day to host barbecues or lounge by the pool with family and friends.  Though these are great ways to celebrate the holiday, what often gets forgotten is its real purpose — to honor and remember the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces who sacrificed their lives to defend America's freedom.

Homework AssignmentMonday, May 20, 2019 at 10:04 am

Mr. SerranoArticle Comprehension:
1) When do meteor showers occur?
2) What causes "shooting stars?"
3) What did residents of Costa Rica see on April 23, 2019?
4) How did a piece of the meteor end up in Aguas Zarcas?
5) How big is the meteorite?
6) What is the meteorite composed of?
7) How old is the meteorite estimated to be?
8) What is the meteorite called?
9) Why do researchers believe it is debris from Comet Thatcher?
10) Why is the UCR team thrilled at finding the meteorite?

Stunning Meteor "Fireball" Deposits A 4.5-Billion-Year-Old Rock In Costa Rica

Meteor showers, which happen when our planet traverses through debris streams left behind by passing comets, are a fairly common occurrence. While the tiny rocks usually burn up  when they collide with our atmosphere, resulting in what we call "shooting stars," every so often one manages to survive the impact and land on Earth. That is precisely what appears to have happened in Costa Rica recently.

Homework AssignmentWednesday, May 15, 2019 at 10:05 am

Mr. SerranoArticle Comprehension:
1) How long did Sir Richard Branson originally think it would take to make space tourism a reality?
2) Why does the author believe Virgin Galactic is close to accomplishing its mission?
3) What was special about the VSS Unity's February 22 flight?
4) How did VSS Unity make its journey to space?
5) How fast and high did VSS Unity travel?
6) How many people can VSS Unity carry?
7) What were the names of the two pilots?
8) How long did the journey to space take once VSS Unity was detached from its aircraft carrier?
9) Why does the author believe Beth Moses had the most fun?
10) What was Moses tasked to do during the flight?
11) What did Moses do to complete her tasks?
12) What did Moses think of the view from space?
13) How many people has Virgin Galactic received deposits from?
14) Who is among the future space tourists?
15) Why does this person want to make the journey on July 24, 2019?

Virgin Galactic Carries Its First "Tourist" To Space

Virgin Galactic's founder, Sir Richard Branson, has been hoping to make space tourism a reality since 2008. While it has taken a little longer than the 18 months he had originally estimated, the company is getting increasingly closer to accomplishing its mission. On December 13, 2018, Virgin Galactic's suborbital spaceliner, VSS Unity, made history with the longest rocket-powered flight when it soared to the edge of space, 51.4 miles (82 km) above sea level. On February 22, 2019, the aircraft repeated the feat, this time with its first passenger – the company's astronaut trainer Beth Moses - on board.

Homework AssignmentWednesday, May 15, 2019 at 7:10 am

Mr. SerranoArticle Comprehension:
1) How long did Notre Dame take to build?
2) What architectural style does Notre Dame showcase?
3) What did church officials do when the first fire alarm went off?
4) What could passersby see by the time the second alarm went off?
5) How long did it take for the firefighters to extinguish the fire?
6) How much damage did the fire cause Notre Dame?
7) What important relic did Jean-Marc Fournier manage to save?
8) What other treasures were removed from the cathedral?
9) What important treasures inside the cathedral survived the fire?
10) What caused the fire?
11) How much money was raised to restore the cathedral within two days after the fire?
12) How long does the French president believe it will take to restore Notre Dame?
13) What problem does John Fidler see with the president's timeline?
14) Why does Rosa Lowinger think washing the soot with soap and water is a bad idea?
15) What do engineers have to do before any reconstruction can begin?
16) What debate may delay Notre Dame's reconstruction even further?

French President Emmanuel Macron Promises To Rebuild Fire-Ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral

No visit to the beautiful city of Paris, France is complete without a visit to the Notre Dame de Paris or, as it is commonly called, Notre Dame. The medieval cathedral, built over 180 years — from 1163 to 1345— is one of the world's most stunning examples of Gothic architecture. Unfortunately, on April 15, 2019, the 850-year-old monument, which is visited by over 13 million people annually, was engulfed in a massive blaze that caused widespread damage to the iconic structure.

Homework AssignmentThursday, May 9, 2019 at 5:33 am

Mr. SerranoArticle Comprehension:
1) According to the author, what roles do teachers play in their students' lives?
2) Why was the Varkey Foundation established?
3) What award Peter Tabichi win from the Foundation on March 24, 2019?
4) What does Tabichi teach?
5) Why did Tabichi join Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in 2016?
6) How was the school different from the one Tabichi had taught at before?
7) On what does Tabichi spend most of his salary?
8) How well have Tabichi's students done in science and math?
9) What does Tabichi do to prevent low achievers and girls from dropping out of school?
10) What proves that Tabichi's efforts are paying off?
11) What does Tabichi plan to do with the prize money?
12) What does Sunny Varkey hope Tabichi's story will do?
13) According to the author, how can students help celebrate the hard work of teachers?

Kenyan Science Instructor Peter Tabichi Wins $1 Million Global Teacher Prize

Teachers don't just educate students — they also act as counselors, problem-solvers, and in some cases, even social workers to help kids in need. Yet, these incredible indivduals, who inspire kids to dream big and help them reach their potential, are often unappreciated and overlooked. To change that, since 2014, the Varkey Foundation — established to improve standards of education and raise the status and capacity of teachers worldwide —  has been honoring the world's "real superheroes" with an annual $1 million Global Teacher Prize. This year's award,  presented in a  star-studded ceremony hosted by Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman in Dubai, UAE on March 24, 2019, went to Peter Tabichi from Kenya, Africa. 

Homework AssignmentThursday, May 9, 2019 at 5:28 am

Mr. SerranoArticle Comprehension:
1) When will Mother's Day be celebrated in 2019?
2) How do Americans show their appreciation for moms on Mother's Day?
3) How much are American consumers expected to spend on Mother's Day in 2019?
4) According to NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay, what are retailers ready to do for consumers this year?
5) How many people were involved in the NRF survey?
6) What age group plans to spend the most on Mother's Day?
7) On what will the money be spent?
8) Who came up with the idea of creating a special day for mothers?
9) What did she do to convince lawmakers to establish Mother's Day?
10) What did retailers do as soon as Mother's Day became a national holiday?
11) Why was Jarvis not happy with the turn of events?
12) What did Jarvis do to show her disapproval?
13) According to the author, what would moms appreciate more than a store-bought gift?

US Retailers Gear Up For Record Mother's Day Spending

Every year on Mother's Day, which will be celebrated on Sunday, May 12, 2019, Americans honor the real-life superheroes in their lives with special treats and extravagant gifts.  Hence, it is not surprising to hear that Mother's Day is the third-largest US retail holiday, behind only the winter holidays and back-to-school season.  According to a survey conducted by the National Retail Federation (NRF), this year, the spending will escalate to a record $25 billion, up substantially from the $23.1 billion earned by retailers in 2018. 

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