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Teachers, look for the little ORANGE on the cover of tb-two*.

The orange (which used to be an apple) means tb-two* is Florida Standards friendly. Even though the Legislature is trying to decide the final form of the standards (out with the name Common Core, for one change), we know the learning standards in any form rely heavily on informational text, and there is no better informational text than a newspaper.

Each week we note in this box what tb-two* stories would be good for teaching and reaching the state's reading and writing requirements, and suggest some activities.

This week, check out:

Scholars: Pages 8-11: Today's cover story introduces you to four outstanding students who have overcome tremendous odds and excelled academically. Have students read the original profiles at, then find a famous person who has made a mark after a tough life. Ask students to list traits that help people succeed despite challenges, then write well-developed paragraphs about the famous person they researched, including why they think that person succeeded. They can post their comments beneath the story at Standards: RI.9-10.1; RI.9-10.2; W.9-10.1; W.9-10.2; W.9-10.3; W.9-10.4; W.9-10.6; W.9-10.7; W.9-10.8; L.9-10.1; L.9-10.2;RI.11-12.1; RI.11-12.2; W.11-12.1;W.11-12.2; W.11-12.3; W.11-12.4; W.11-12.6; W.11-12.7; W.11-12.8; L.11-12.1; L.11-12.2.

The evolution of nerdiness: Pages 12-13: Today's issue contains several positive stories about nerds, and how the term has evolved. Ask students to read the two columns about how the meaning has changed, then research the term online. Using the research and the stories in this issue to support their opinion, write a well-developed paragraph describing a nerd in 2014. Standards: CCRA.R.4;RI.9-10.1; RI.9-10.4; L.9-10.4;L.9-10.5.Ideas? Email letterman@