> The Things You Can Read: Did You Know? Amazing Fact Generator

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Did You Know? Amazing Fact Generator

Did You Know?
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As we, here at The Things You Can Read, were perusing the Internet, we came across a great little feature on Mental Floss.  We had some fun hitting the The Amazing Fact Generator a number of times as our brain was fast at work thinking...how we might use this in our English classroom?  We don't have an answer yet, but we would love to hear from our readership.  We'll throw the question out there.  Give us your suggestions-How can this great feature be used in a middle school English classroom?  Check out The Amazing Fact Generator on Mental Floss, and don't forget...have fun!


In early drafts of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Holly Golightly was named Connie Gustafson.

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  1. When I was teaching, I had my students do this really big research project at the end of the year. It was always difficult in the beginning stages because the students were not efficient in using resources.

    This would be a great idea if you had a research unit. You could gather these facts using the engine and omit portions allowing students to practice their research skills (like a treasure hunt). This is better because you can keep track of their progress easily. Otherwise, with a bigger project, it can more difficult to discern their struggles.

    1. Great suggestion! Research is a tough skill to teach. I'm also thinking this could be a great way to pick a topic by finding a question that interests the student and using the question as the "jumping off point" for their research project, or maybe it can be used to introduce the topic of research. Thanks for your comment!

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