This week, find a quiet place and investigate a feature of The Times that is totally auditory. You’ll hit on components from one of the four Common Core literacy anchor standards for college and career readiness — speaking and listening.
Back by popular demand for a third year, our Year in Rap contest invites students to write a rap about some aspect of the news of 2013. With our partners, Flocabulary, we invite anyone 13 to 19 years old to post by Jan. 7, 2014.
How much do you think tests like PISA and NAEP tell us about American students and what they know and are able to do? How much weight do you think we should give them as a nation? Why? How much time do you spend prepping for and taking standardized tests yourself?
In this Text to Text, we pair an article from the Times archives about the then-cutting edge technology that allowed astronomers to photograph Halley’s comet in 1910 with a recent Times article highlighting what astronomers hope to learn about the origins of the solar system from space-based observations of Comet ISON.