Topic: Newsela

On this fine and dandy day, i've decided to read a story about underwater creatures on So what is the topic of this story you may ask? Well, if you've ever wondered if sharks sneeze, now you can find out.
The reason I chose this article is because I become very intrigued with the ocean and what lies beyond it's surface, even though i'm terrified of the oceanic waters. It was a very interesting topic and the answer is, no, sharks do not sneeze. Many animals and people sneeze such as elephants, pandas and even seals. The reason sneezing occurs is because it is a method of getting rid of annoying bits and pieces that have floated into the nose or mouth. Sharks have two nostrils called nares below their snout that are used for smelling. the sharks nares don’t join up to the back of the throat like our nose does, so they can’t sneeze like we do. If something floats into their nares, they might try to shake it out, but do not sneeze.

Re: Newsela

I selected another newsela to read because my book was at home. The article that caught my eye is "Why Do Songs Get Stuck In Our Heads. After listening to a song, the action of it getting stuck in your head is called an ear-worm which replays the song in a loop on repeat inside your mind. Ear-worms are very common, studies show that more than 91% of people reported having an ear-worm at least once a week while 25%  had them more than once a day. The cause of these ear worms are still unknown to man but scientists are trying to crack the code. The reason it is very difficult for scientists to find out the background of an ear-worm is mainly because they tend to last around 8 seconds and pop out of nowhere, making research nearly impossible. The song that can be played over and over in your head are most likely songs with a good beat, easily remembered words or even songs that you have heard over four times recently could be played on repeat but inside your mind. This is the known information about songs getting stuck in your head, or aka an ear-worm.

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Re: Newsela

Civil Rights Leaders, Martin Luther King Jr:

King was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. He fought for equal rights towards African-Americans and was killed in 1968 as one of the greatest black leaders in history. King started school when he was 5 years old and skipped two grades, starting college when he was 15 years old. In 1954, King became the leader of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. In the 1950's whites and blacks were often separated, because of their color and could not sit in the same places which was unfair. White people got to sit in the front of the bus and black people got to sit in the back, but the African American would have to give up his or her seat if a white person needed or wanted to sit. December 1st, Rosa Parks, an African American was told to give up her sit, refused, and was arrested. African Americans were very angered by this and protested, lead by King, and did not go on the bus for over a year then finally Montgomery finally gave in and anyone could sit anywhere on the bus. King lead many other protests peacefully in many more places because he believed in equality. On august 28,1963, King led a march in Washington where he gave his most famous speech "I Have a Dream" which was about making all men act like brothers towards one another. In 1964 lawmakers passed the Civil Rights act so that African Americans were to be treated fairly in public. King received the Nobel Peace Prize for making the U.S a fairer place. In 1968 King was shot leaving many devastated by the act.

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Re: Newsela

WW1. part 1

World War 1 started with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie in 1914 in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Although Ferdinand was not very liked, Austria-Hungary used the shooting as an excuse to attack Serbia. This war was between two forces, the allies which included France, the United Kingdom and Russia. The other force were the Central Powers, which included Germany and Austria-Hungary. Germany didn't want to fight both Russia in the east and France in the west so Alfred Graf von Schlieffen, an army strategist, made a plan. He believed it would take about 6 weeks for Russia to gather it's troops so if there was a small amount of soldiers in the east the majority of the german soldiers could strike a quick attack on the west. Germany attacked France by going through neutral Belgium. Britain had a treaty with Belgium so it had a responsibility to defend them and join the war.

Re: Newsela

WW1. part 2.

the french quickly prepared their army in response to a German attack. As the German troops moved into moved into south France, French and British troops tried to stop them. At the end of the First Battle of the Marne, fought just north of paris, a stalemate was reached and the germans who had lost the battle dug trenches. The french could not get them out, so they also dug trenches. Neither side couldn't force the others to move from their trenches. The area between the trenches was called "no mans land" and the only way to overtake the other was to run across no mans land, most likely getting shot down by machine gunfire before they even got close because they were out in the open. Because of the nature of trench warfare, millions of young men were slaughtered in the battles of world war 1. With so many men being killed daily, eventually the side with the most men left would win the war. By 1917, the allies were running very low on men. The allies were hoping that the U.S would join forces with hem due to their resources so they could help, but the U.S decided to keep themselves out of other countries problems because the war did't affect them much and seemed so far away.

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Re: Newsela

WW1. part 3.

Two major events changed American public opinion about the war. The first occurred in 1915, when a German submarine torpedoed sunk the British ocean liner the Lusitania. The Lusitania was nearly the size of the titanic and was traveling from New York to England with 1,900 passengers. The boat had 159 Americans on it, and most of them were innocent passengers, not soldiers. More than 1,100 passengers perished, including more than 120 Americans. The second happened in 1917 when Germany sent Mexico a coded message asking Mexico to join WW1 against the U.S, in return, Germany would help Mexico take back their land that used to be apart of the U.S. The Zimmerman Telegram was intercepted by Britain and shown to the U.S, giving it more reason to join the war. On April 6, the U.S declared war on Germany.

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Re: Newsela

WW1. part 4.

As the U.S was preparing to get into war, Russia was getting ready to get out. In 1917, Russia got swept up in revolution that removed it's king from power. The new communist government wanted to focus on more home problems so they were removed from war on March 3rd, 1918. With war in the east ended, Germany was able to distract those troops to the west to face the new american soldiers. While the European troops were tired from war, the american troops were enthusiastic and soon enough the Germans were retreating and the allies were advancing, nearing the end of the war. Peace was finally agreed upon 1918. The fighting was told to end on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month at 11:00 am, November 11. For the next few months, diplomats came together to write up the Versailles treaty which would end World War 1 and also divide up land. The Germans thought this treaty was unfair and would make them poor which would strike up World War 2. By the end of the World War 1, about 10 million soldiers had died. Which is about 6,500 deaths everyday.  Millions of civilians were also killed. World War I is remembered for being one of the bloodiest wars in history.