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Our news lessons, at three levels, are sourced from articles published by The Guardian. They include downloadable worksheets and teacher's notes for you to use in class.

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$2bn woman: how Sheryl Sandberg became one of tech’s most successful bosses

2024-02-22T00:37:00+00:00By Jennifer Cantave

Meet Sheryl Sandberg and learn about her legacy in one of the largest companies in the world.

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Why I quit complaining about cyclists, scrapped my car and chose public transport

2024-02-15T00:41:00+00:00By Karen Capel

Should cities invest in better infrastructure to promote alternative transportation options?

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I’m only seeing bands I loved when I was 14. Am I in a musical rut – or is this growing up?

2024-02-08T00:01:00+00:00By Tim Bowen

Does the music we listen to in our teenage years become our favourite for the rest of our lives?

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Does an unhappy partner make you less happy?

2024-01-25T00:01:00+00:00By Jennifer Cantave

Discuss with your students how our good or bad mood may affect our significant other.

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French miss: is the future of movie kissing in jeopardy?

2024-01-18T00:01:00+00:00By Kieran Baker

Have you ever wondered if two actors kissing in a movie are actually kissing?

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A moment that changed me: I had a heart attack at 37 – so I went to live in a cave

2024-01-11T00:03:00+00:00By Engeli Haupt

How can a near-death experience alter drastically the way we live?

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Schools in England using Airbnb-style strategy to raise funds

2023-12-21T00:01:00+00:00By Jennifer Cantave

Read about the innovative approach being taken by schools in England to address the issue of underfunding.

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The best apps for nature lovers – from identifying birdsong to tracking lions

2023-12-14T00:03:00+00:00By Engeli Haupt

Can our mobile phones enhance the experience of being outdoors?

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Shouting at children can be as damaging as physical abuse, study says

2023-11-30T00:02:00+00:00By Jennifer Cantave

Discuss with your students the adverse effects of verbal abuse on children’s well-being and development.

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‘Could be the next big thing’: how pickleball is courting a new generation of players

2023-11-23T00:01:00+00:00By Engeli Haupt

Pickleball is a popular new sport, but what challenges does it face for continued growth?

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The male menopause: genuine condition or moneymaking myth?

2023-11-16T00:01:00+00:00By Jennifer Cantave

Should male menopause be considered an actual medical condition?

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‘Whatever it takes’: students at 50 US high schools launch climate initiative

2023-11-09T00:00:00+00:00By Engeli Haupt

Read about a youth-led initiative to provide students with better climate education and sustainable campuses.

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‘A lifeline for dirty cars’: EU backs new air pollution limits, but not until 2035

2023-10-26T00:02:00+01:00By Jennifer Cantave

What is the European Union doing to fight air pollution?

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The microwave lemon trick – and other household hacks that actually work

2023-10-19T00:02:00+01:00By Engeli Haupt

Influencers have become famous for sharing housecleaning hacks on social media, but do they actually work?

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‘A big responsibility’: astronaut from UAE on longest ever Arab space mission

2023-10-12T00:52:00+01:00By Jennifer Cantave

What has Sultan al-Neyadi done while completing this record-breaking mission?

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From Titanic to American Sniper: the biggest lies in fact-based movies

2023-09-28T00:01:00+01:00By Engeli Haupt

When movies claim to be “based on true events,” how closely should they stick to real-life stories?

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I was a champion of fake meat: but I’m not surprised people are losing their taste for it

2023-09-21T00:01:00+01:00By Jennifer Cantave

Why do meat alternatives lose popularity over time? A former advocate talks about plant-based and lab-grown meats.

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Everything I hate is on Twitter – how can the alternatives compete?

2023-09-14T00:01:00+01:00By Engeli Haupt

Are the changes made to X (formerly Twitter) pushing users to other platforms?

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Will AI free us from drudgery – or leave us jobless and hungry?

2023-08-31T00:28:00+01:00By Jennifer Cantave

Is Artificial Intelligence capable of replacing humans in the workplace?

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Elizabeth Gilbert was ridiculed for shelving her Russia-set novel, but I quite admire her

2023-08-24T00:02:00+01:00By Engeli Haupt

Should public figures be responsible for protecting their fans’ feelings and beliefs?

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US beach town bans balloons to save the ocean

2023-08-17T00:02:00+01:00By Jennifer Cantave

Is banning balloons near beaches helping marine life? Read and find out.

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AI used to create new and final Beatles song, says Paul McCartney

2023-08-10T00:02:00+01:00By Engeli Haupt

Is it appropriate to use technology to create music using the voices of deceased artists?

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Should I worry about how much sun I get?

2023-07-27T00:01:00+01:00By Jennifer Cantave

How can we protect ourselves from the harmful effects of UV Rays?

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A new start after 60: I was devastated by divorce at 70. But at 102, I know the secrets of a well-lived life

2023-07-20T00:01:00+01:00By Engeli Haupt

How was a woman able to restart her life and find her voice at the age of 70? Read and find out.

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China’s 11.6m graduates face a jobs market with no jobs

2023-07-13T00:01:00+01:00By Jennifer Cantave

Discuss with your students the job market challenges in China for recent graduates.

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‘Beowulf is lit’ – could ChatGPT really write good book blurbs?

2023-06-29T00:01:00+01:00By Engeli Haupt

Is it possible for generative AI to produce social media reviews that appear to be written by humans?

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Common disinfectant wipes expose people to dangerous chemicals, research reveals

2023-06-22T00:02:00+01:00By Jennifer Cantave

Are disinfectant wipes doing more harm than good? Read and find out.

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Here’s why we should stop weeding. Learn to love our dandelions and brambles

2023-06-15T00:01:00+01:00By Engeli Haupt

Read about why we should learn to embrace weeds and their benefits to nature.

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Parisians vote to ban rental e-scooters from French capital by huge margin

2023-06-08T00:02:00+01:00By Jennifer Cantave

Paris has banned rental e-scooters due to increased accidents. Was it the right move?

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Five intimate friendships is the optimal number – I scrape two

2023-05-25T00:02:00+01:00By Engeli Haupt

What is the ideal number of ‘close’ friends one should have? 

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‘A swipe at fashion capitalism’: Telfar’s experiment lets customers set prices

2023-05-18T00:05:00+01:00By Jennifer Cantave

Read about the company that lets its customers set the prices of their products.

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You could cook while on the toilet: a night in one of Tokyo’s micro-apartments

2023-05-11T00:02:00+01:00By Engeli Haupt

Could you live in a 32m² flat if it’s close to work or school?

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Meat, dairy and rice production will bust 1.5C climate target, shows study

2023-04-27T00:09:00+01:00By Jennifer Cantave

Can changes to our daily diet have an impact on climate change?

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‘The most important talks no one has heard of’: why the high seas treaty matters

2023-04-20T00:02:00+01:00By Engeli Haupt

How are almost 200 countries trying to protect the high seas from overfishing? Read and find out.

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‘It’s a bit too castle-y’: plans to turn Cumbrian fortress into eco-attraction

2023-04-13T00:01:00+01:00By Jennifer Cantave

Would you consider a castle in Muncaster as your next ecotourism destination?

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Forensic study finds Chilean poet Pablo Neruda was poisoned

2023-03-30T00:01:00+01:00By Engeli Haupt

Read about the mysterious death of the controversial poet days after a military coup broke out in his home country.

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Different strokes: the forgotten women of abstract expressionism

2023-03-23T00:38:00+00:00By Jennifer Cantave

How is an art exhibition in London expanding the body of abstract expressionist artwork? Read and find out.

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Japan PM’s solution to dire birth rate has already been rejected by young

2023-03-16T00:05:00+00:00By Engeli Haupt

How is the Japanese government trying to motivate younger generations to have more children? Read and find out.

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Biden’s clean energy act paves Britain’s way to post-Brexit growth. Should we copy him?

2023-03-09T00:14:00+00:00By Kieran Baker

The US and the EU seem to be on the right track towards green energy production. Should the UK and other nations follow suit?

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Why it’s time to stop filming strangers in public for social media thrills

2023-02-23T00:24:00+00:00By Kieran Baker

Read about how the use of phones to film others in public has become problematic. Do you agree?