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A variety of French and Spanish reading comprehension articles and prompts for the Five Paragraph Essay
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Spanish Activities

  Describe the activities of the family pictured below as they make preparations to celebrate a local holiday.                                                                                                                                                                                            

World Language Reading, Writing and Interactive Activities

This is a collection of different sites available for world language teachers. There are a range of activities within a discipline like writing such as grammar and vocabulary. Within reading, there are interactive sites, and naturally, places to listen and practice speaking the language.

Six Steps for Survival of the Chilean Miners

Thirty-three miners were trapped underground when part of the San Jose mine in Chile's Atacama desert collapsed on August 5, 2010.  In the early days of the disaster, Mario Gomez, 63, one of the trapped miners wrote a heartfelt letter to his wife.

By August 10, 2010, the first supplies had reached the 33 miners trapped 2,300 ft. underground in a collapsed mine in Chile. 2,300 ft is roughly half a mile or the distance from MRMHS to the Swanzey Post Office on Rte. 32.

Read the following news report and then write your response to the following question:

Open Response Question: With an estimated four months before they would be rescued, the miners faced a number of challenges. Using specific details from the text, discuss three challenges the miners faced before being reunited with their families.

A Day in the Life of the Trapped Miners

Lights come on at 7:30 underground, and from then on, the men have a full day of work, activities and time to themselves. 

During their time underground, all of the men have been given jobs to keep the entire group functioning. Johnny Barrios, a miner trained in advanced first aid, has been given the job of official doctor.

Open Response Question: Using direct evidence from the text, describe three daily medical responsibilities for team doctor Johnny Barrios and their importance to welfare of the mining group.

The Mental Battle Faced by the Miners

The physical battle for the entrapped miners was certainly difficult, but the emotional and psychological effects were enormous as well.

Organizing Their Time

The 33 Chilean miners were organized into three distinct groups during their time underground, and, in a similar way, their days were organized into three separate time periods which were designed to give them a sense of purpose and to stave off boredom.

Open Response Question: Using evidence from the text, what were the three distinct time periods which divided the miners' days and what were the types of activities which filled each one?


Animated Slideshow of the Miners' Rescue

Use this animated slideshow to find out how rescuers reached the men using the drill pictured above and are bringing the men to the surface.

Edison Pena, Trapped Miner, Finishes NYC Marathon

Edison Pena was one of the Chilean miners trapped for four months in a collapsed mine. Months later, he competed in another kind of endurance race against time: He became a crowd favorite at the New York City Marathon following his ordeal.

Open Response Question: Using specific details from the text, what three personal traits does Edison Pena possess that enabled him to keep going and finish the race?



With Rio de Janiero playing host to the 2016 Olympic Games, a great deal of clean up and preparation is needed before the city is ready for the thousands of tourists and athletes who will flock to the Games.  


Open Response Question: Using specific evidence from the passage, what kinds of problems has Rio De Janiero faced, and what are they doing to remedy the situation?


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