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MelissaChen Period1 GlobalConflicts:TeensSaveaHerosStory 1.MainIdea:teensresearchthestoryofaherooftheHolocaust 2.MainTopic:spreadingthewordaboutIrenaSendleranunsungherooftheHolocaust 3.NewTitle:PlayingOutaHerosStory 4.

AuthorsPurpose:totellpeopleofthewayteensspreadanunsungherosstory

KeyFacts: #1:In1999,threeteenagegirlsfromUniontown,Kansas,beganresearchingthestoryofIrena Sendlerforaschoolhistoryproject. #2:TheirteacherpresentedthemamagazinearticlementioningaPolishCatholicwoman namedIrenaSendler,whoduringtheHolocausthelprescue2,500Jewishchildrenfromthe WarsawGhetto. #3:TheHolocaustsawthemurderofmorethansixmillionJewsbetween1939and1945. #4:TheNazisincarceratedthousandsofJewsintightlypackedandheavilyguardedghettos. #5:Insomeghettos,awellorganizednetworkofdeterminedJewsmanagedtosmuggleinfood andmedicine,frustratingtheNaziplan. #6:Whilstpeopleweresmugglingsuppliesintotheghettos,others,likeIrenaSendlerwerebusy smugglingpeopleout. #7:Beginningin1942,IrenaSendler,disguisedasaninfectioncontrolnurse,surreptitiously enteredtheWarsawGhettoandpersuadedJewishparentstolethertaketheirchildren, convincingthemthatitwastheonlywaythechildrenwouldsurvive. #8:ShesmuggledyoungerchildrenpasttheNaziguardsbyhidingthechildreninherbagsand helpedotherchildrenescapethroughsecretfissuresinthewallsorthroughsewersystems. #9:Oncetheywerebeyondtheghettowallsandguards,Sendlerprovidedthechildrenwithfalse namesandfalseidentificationdocuments.ShethenplacedtheminhomeswithCatholic families,orphanages,andconvents.Shekeptarecordofthechildrensrealidentitiesandsome familyhistorybywritingtheinformationonpiecesofpaperandstuffingthemintomilkjars. #10:Thethreeteenagegirlswroteandperformedaplaybasedonherlife,entitledLifeinaJar, whichreceivedextraordinaryresponse.

MelissaChen Period1 AncientMiddleEast:StrangeMarkings

1.MainIdea:archaeologistfindsmysteriousmarksinanexcavation 2.MainTopic:newlyfoundmysteriousmarksarediscovered 3.NewTitle:MysteryoftheMarkings 4.AuthorsPurpose:totellpeopleaboutthediscoveryofmysteriousmarksinanexcavationin anareaofJerusalemcalledtheCityofDavid KeyFacts: #1:Israeliarchaeologistsdiscoveredacomplexofroomscarvedintobedrockintheoldest sectionofJerusalem. #2:Inoneoftherooms,therewere3Vshapedmarkingsindeliblyetchedintothefloor,and archaeologistswereflummoxedabouttheoriginandsignificanceofthecarvings. #3:ThecarvingswerefoundinanareacalledtheCityofDavid,whichisnamedforthebiblical monarchthoughttohaveruledfromthislocationabout3,000yearsprior. #4:Archaeologistsbelievethatthecarvings,about2inchesdeepand20incheslong,are thousandsofyearsold,butthereisnothingthatoffersanyanswersabouttheidentityofthe individualwhomadethemarkingsofwhatpurposetheymayhaveserved. #5:Scientistsbelieveitispossiblethatwhenthemarkingswerecreated,atleast2,800years ago,theshapesmighthaveaccommodatedsomesortofwoodenstructurethatstoodinside them. #6:Ontheotherhand,theshapescouldhaveservedsomepurposeontheirowntheymight havebeenusedinrituals,ortheymayhavehadmoremundanefunctions. #7:Withtheexpertsunabletoprovideanydefinitiveanswers,officialspostedaphotoonthe digsFacebookpage,solicitingideasfromthepublic. #8:Thestraightlinesofitswallsanditslevelfloorsareevidenceofmeticulousengineering,and itslocationadjacenttotheancientcity'sonlynaturalwatersourceandthemostimportantsite inthecity,theGihonspringindicatesthatitmighthavehadanimportantfunction. #9:Archaeologistshavestudiedthesurroundingsofthecomplexinthehopesoffindingan answertotheconundrum. #10:Oneuniquefindinaroomnexttotheonewiththemarkingsanuprightstonesimilartoa moderngravemarkermightofferaclue.