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Geolover - geolover.com

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Use Geolover to plan and organize trips anywhere in the world. Mark places you like. Print to create your own travel map and guide. Click on a location, find sites ...more
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Use Geolover to plan and organize trips anywhere in the world. Mark places you like. Print to create your own travel map and guide. Click on a location, find sites of interest, and click "Add to my list." Click on your lists to view in map view and use other tools. Add your own places of interest easily. As with any site that shares photos and video clips, be sure to preview what you plan to share BEFORE you share the site with your class. There is also an app version of this site for those using iPads or iTouches.

tag(s): countries (77), cultures (105), map skills (80), maps (288)

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Use this resource to find important points of interest in places around the world. Use to learn more about other countries and cultures, determine distances between points of interest, or create travel guides for particular purposes such as religious, governmental, or historical interest. Create a travel guide of a country you would love to visit. Share travel guides or use as the basis of presentations to the class. Use the information at this site to have your students create conventional or multimedia projects. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Have students create an online book or brochure of images and captions about their travel guide using a site such as bookr (reviewed here.) (Bookr uses Flickr images, so you must first upload or find the images on Flickr reviewed here).
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Resources for Ramadan - TeachersFirst

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See TeachersFirst's collection of resources to help students learn the customs and traditions of the Muslim Ramadan month of fasting. ...more
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See TeachersFirst's collection of resources to help students learn the customs and traditions of the Muslim Ramadan month of fasting.

tag(s): holidays (147), ramadan (10)

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This collection could be useful in a study of world religions, an exploration of the mideast, or a world cultures class. Include the link on your class web page as students investigate different holiday traditions.

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Middle East Studies Resources - Columbia University

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9 to 12
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This collection from Columbia University offers listings of web sites covering historical and current political events in the middle east, with emphasis on resources created in middle...more
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This collection from Columbia University offers listings of web sites covering historical and current political events in the middle east, with emphasis on resources created in middle eastern countries. Some material may be overly advanced for K12 use, but interested students can find lots of information at this site.

tag(s): cultures (105), middle east (30)

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This site offers a lot of information about the Middle East that is both revealing and at times surprising. During a unit on the Middle East, access the page on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Select the unit that applies to your unit or subject, and have students explore the site on their own. Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here). If individual posters are desired, assign each student a subheading and have them read the articles further on their own, then creating a poster summarizing what they have learned. There is information on this page that would work in any history, civics or geography course.

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Independence Day Around the World - Chartsbin

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2 to 12
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This site offers an interactive world map showing Independence Day dates from around the world. You simply hover the cursor over any country that was formerly a colony to see ...more
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This site offers an interactive world map showing Independence Day dates from around the world. You simply hover the cursor over any country that was formerly a colony to see the date of its independence from that country. All countries that used to be part of Great Britain are the same color; color coding for other former empires indicates the empire's former holdings. Data comes from reliable government and other statistical sources. At the bottom of the page, related charts that may be of interest show: Father's Day around the World, Mother's Day around the World, Halloween Celebrations around the world and more.
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tag(s): colonial america (107), holidays (147), july 4th (9)

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Keep this site in mind as a reference source when students study world cultures or foreign languages. Challenge students to use this site to create research projects about individual (free) nations around the world. Have individual students or cooperative learning groups create a multimedia presentation using a tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of the country they researched (with audio stories and pictures included)!
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Important Dates and Events in History - Hisdates.com

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Find out what happened on any date in history with this informative site. Each event is listed with a short description. Historic events are listed chronologically from oldest to current...more
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Find out what happened on any date in history with this informative site. Each event is listed with a short description. Historic events are listed chronologically from oldest to current times. (Some dates are several pages long, be sure to click the "read more" link to continue to newer dates.) Information includes birthdays, discoveries, events, and more. Searches by specific years, months, and famous birthdays. You are able to add events and comments. Note that the general public can also add comments, so preview before projecting in class!
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tag(s): calendars (44), timelines (62)

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Use this site to display an interesting "this day in history" on your interactive whiteboard or projector each day. Use as a resource for students to research events during historical time periods being studied in class. Create a scavenger hunt to review dates in history - give students a list of events and have students find them on the calendar. For a more in=depth experience, share TeachersFirst's Dates That Matter, then have students create their own set of Dates That Matter style question prompts and provide a "Why Does it Matter" response for one of the events found here. Share their student-created Dates That Matter in PowerPoint slides or using an online presentation tool.

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Who Are the Taleban - BBC

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A background report from the BBC's South Asia service. ...more
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A background report from the BBC's South Asia service.

tag(s): terrorism (49), terrorist (16)

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Use this site as a means to provide students with background information on who the Taliban is, how they were formed, and what their goals are. This site could be used as a learning center during a unit on modern wars in the Middle East. Have cooperative learning groups explore different sections of the site, with the intentions of summarizing the main parts and teaching it to their classmates via online poster project on the interactive whiteboard. Use an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here).

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Humanitarian News and Analysis - UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

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8 to 12
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From the United Nations, this site brings news and analysis on current humanitarian efforts in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. As you help students evaluate and sift through the ...more
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From the United Nations, this site brings news and analysis on current humanitarian efforts in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. As you help students evaluate and sift through the huge volume of news content available to you, you can use sites like this to help students focus on specific issues and geographic areas. Much of what is found here will never appear on their Yahoo or Google news feed; that does not diminish its importance. The site allows you to sort content based on themes like education, gender, health, or human rights, or by continent or country.

tag(s): africa (180), asia (73), cross cultural understanding (115), cultures (105), middle east (30), news (261)

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If you focus on current events or on the history or culture of "non-Western" countries, this site should be among your bookmarks or favorites. Encourage students to consider news sources outside of the major US networks or internet based aggregators. Have students or student groups create an online, interactive poster known as a "glog," using GlogsterEDU, reviewed here to demonstrate the topic they researched.
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Mesopotamia-The British Museum - The British Museum

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The British Museum presents this visually stunning site about the "cradle of civilization," Mesopotamia. Approach your study from one of several perspectives: geography, time, gods...more
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The British Museum presents this visually stunning site about the "cradle of civilization," Mesopotamia. Approach your study from one of several perspectives: geography, time, gods and goddesses, or writing. Each module has information, some extension narrative, and a challenge game (with requires Shockwave). For teachers, the best part is the Staffroom section which offers step by step information about using the site in the classroom. Start there to quickly discover how you can best use this resource.

tag(s): architecture (83), mesopotamia (6), middle east (30), writing (358)

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An interactive whiteboard or projector will take advantage of the strong visual impact of this site, but it will also be useful for individual exploration by students either in a computer cluster or from home. Students can try the "challenge" games as an extension, or for those who finish other work quickly. Bookmark the site (or save in favorites) for independent research.

Challenge students to research a various portion of this site and create a multimedia presentation (either independently or in cooperative learning groups.) How about having students use a tool such as Woices (beta) (reviewed here). This site allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location (on a map) where the story takes place. Challenge students to narrate while the exact location is shown on a map! What a fabulous way to link history, geography, and presentation skills!
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Teach MidEast - Middle East Policy Council

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Use Google Maps or Google Earth and a variety of sources to learn more information about the Middle East. Choose one of the eight topics along the top: "Stereotypes and ...more
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Use Google Maps or Google Earth and a variety of sources to learn more information about the Middle East. Choose one of the eight topics along the top: "Stereotypes and Reality," "Geography," "History," "People and Languages," "Religion," "Culture," "Current Issues," and "Pedagogy." View and navigate through Google Earth tours, read blog posts and other articles, participate in activities, and view other multimedia content. This provides ready to use classroom activities in all areas, photos, interactives and much more. Identify more than just what is in a textbook using this interactive site. Note that clicking "View in Google Earth" requires you to have the free, downloadable Google Earth program reviewed here, installed on that computer.

tag(s): arab (18), easter (21), maps (288), middle east (30)

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Use this site to help students identify misconceptions, discuss points of view, and search for information that is free from bias. Use many of these topics as springboards for projects, additional blog posts, public service announcements, letter and video campaigns, etc. Have cooperative learning groups create multimedia projects about one of the topics highlighted at this site. Gifted students, with their heightened sense of "fairness," will especially enjoy breaking through stereotypes using this site. Create a class wiki to discuss the topics. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the topics using a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). Have groups narrate a photo using a site such as ThingLink, reviewed here. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it were a news report. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try Compfight, reviewed here.
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Children of Iraq - BBC

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This website introduces students to the children of Iraq and Iraq as a country. Highlights of this website include an interactive video clip (which requires FLASH), informational guides,...more
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This website introduces students to the children of Iraq and Iraq as a country. Highlights of this website include an interactive video clip (which requires FLASH), informational guides, pictures and many other resources. If you have students whose parents are serving in the military, this topic may be emotional, but it will also highlight what children all over the world have in common.

tag(s): iraq (32)

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Use an interactive whiteboard to introduce your students to the children of Iraq, share the video, and take the quiz to find out what your students know about Iraq.
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The Dreidel Game - Education World

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This site provides a detailed lesson plan linked to national standards. Follow this simple set of instructions for making dreidels - traditional Hanukkah toys. Download the dreidel...more
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This site provides a detailed lesson plan linked to national standards. Follow this simple set of instructions for making dreidels - traditional Hanukkah toys. Download the dreidel pattern, assemble as directed, and organize students into small groups for the dreidel game (rules included). Students learn about the history of the dreidel, Hanukkah crafts and recipes and more! Flash is required for some of the interactive activities.

tag(s): hanukkah (16)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plan hosted on this site! This would be a useful resource for a World History class studying various religions or for a more inclusive holiday celebration come winter break!
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Hanukkah - Festival of Lights - ORTnet

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This site covers a wide range of Hanukkah lore. History, Lights, Family, Songs, Games, Art - click on any one of these to find well-written explanations, great graphics, and lots ...more
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This site covers a wide range of Hanukkah lore. History, Lights, Family, Songs, Games, Art - click on any one of these to find well-written explanations, great graphics, and lots of sounds. Traditional Hanukkah blessings and songs are written in Hebrew with translations provided, and you can listen to them as well. The Art page offers pictures of "Hanukkiyot," or artistic renditions of the Menorah. There is also a page of Hanukkah-related words and their meanings. A great site to discover many different ways to celebrate Hanukkah.

tag(s): hanukkah (16)

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Probably the most unique part of this site are the recordings of traditional Hanukkah songs and music. Most of the information about Hanukkah can be found elsewhere, but the songs could be an interesting supplement to a unit on World Religions. During a lesson plan on Judaism, play these songs for students via interactive whiteboard or projector so they can grasp something tangible about what they are learning. This would be a useful site for any World History or Cultural Geography teacher.

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Weaving Art Museum

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See annotated details of ancient and more recent weavings from many cultures using the interactive "exhibits" of the museum. See work from Egypt, Kashmir, Persia, and many more. Decode...more
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See annotated details of ancient and more recent weavings from many cultures using the interactive "exhibits" of the museum. See work from Egypt, Kashmir, Persia, and many more. Decode some of the iconography in Asian carpets. Some exhibits are text-heavy, while others offer many plates and details for your art students to study and use as references. World cultures classes will be able to envision ancient times by looking at the beautiful images on this site.

tag(s): archeology (32)

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Include this on your classroom computer Favorites when students are beginning a weaving or printmaking unit so they can find inspiration in the graphical patterns and story-telling elements. This would also be a great way to introduce a weaving unit or a unit on ancient Asian civilizations on a projector.

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Muslims and Westerners - The Great Divide - Pew Trusts

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World cultures teachers interested in the mideast could get many interesting discussions from this Pew Trusts report sampling the differences in Muslims' and Westerners' perceptions...more
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World cultures teachers interested in the mideast could get many interesting discussions from this Pew Trusts report sampling the differences in Muslims' and Westerners' perceptions of one another. The report - detailed by nation - finds surprising contradictions, yet remains hopeful that bridges between these two cultures will continue to form.

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Try using this report as a resource for examining the problem of reconciling realities with perceptions, and the role of governments and social systems in keeping these tensions in check.

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Terrorism and the Web - Washington Post

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This is a chilling study of the ways in which terrorist groups make use of the Internet and the web to further their ambitions. While it has sensational elements, it ...more
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This is a chilling study of the ways in which terrorist groups make use of the Internet and the web to further their ambitions. While it has sensational elements, it is also an excellent example of propaganda and the use of technology for less-than-noble causes. NOTE: The site contains graphic material. Please PREVIEW THOROUGHLY before using this site.

tag(s): propaganda (12), terrorism (49), terrorist (16)

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Government, English, and AP world cultues teachers could use this site to frame a discussion about censorship, regulation of technology, and other issues.
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CIA Word Factbook: Iran - CIA

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The CIA's Factbook offers a wealth of information on most of the world's nations. This is a direct link to the page for Iran. ...more
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The CIA's Factbook offers a wealth of information on most of the world's nations. This is a direct link to the page for Iran.

tag(s): iran (12), terrorism (49)

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Introduce this site on the interactive whiteboard before allowing students to explore it in cooperative learning groups. Have the groups explore different aspects of the factbook, with the intentions of presenting the highlights to the rest of the class. Have students use a tool such as Woices (beta) (reviewed here). This site allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location (on a map) where the story takes place.
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Create a Timeline - Ourtimelines.com

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This online tool lets you create a timeline of an individual's life using dates from 1000 AD to the present year. Enter the person's name and dates, add events (historic ...more
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This online tool lets you create a timeline of an individual's life using dates from 1000 AD to the present year. Enter the person's name and dates, add events (historic or personal) and their beginning/ending dates, and click the "generate" button.

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Al-Islam - Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library Project

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Use this searchable resource to foster understanding of Islamic history, law, and practice. The "Discover Islam" section provides a beginner's introduction to understanding Islam and...more
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Use this searchable resource to foster understanding of Islamic history, law, and practice. The "Discover Islam" section provides a beginner's introduction to understanding Islam and Muslim traditions, as well as essays addressing similarities and differences between Islam and Christianity. The site includes a Shi'ite encyclopedia, photos of sites sacred to Islam, examples of Islamic artwork, and a collection of downloadable fact sheets - available in numerous languages - covering a range of topics.

tag(s): religions (61)

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This site would be extremely useful in an upper-level course, in which teachers are comfortable with the student's reading ability. Some of the articles explain the background of Islam in a way that is both easy to understand and concise. Use the articles to supplement the textbook! This site would also be great for students working on research projects about Islam. Post the site on the teacher wiki or web page to allow them to access it both in and out of the classroom.

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Mideast Files

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This continually updated, site created and hosted by college seniors at Yale and New York Universities - provides great in-depth analysis of Middle East politics, foreign policy, the...more
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This continually updated, site created and hosted by college seniors at Yale and New York Universities - provides great in-depth analysis of Middle East politics, foreign policy, the Arab-Israeli peace process, terrorism, security, religion and much more. Visitors can read translated versions of Middle Eastern newspapers and related commentary on the news of the day. A thought provoking resource for a discussion of recent events in the Arab world.

tag(s): arab (18), iran (12), iraq (32), israel (17), palestine (7)

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Use this site to include up-to-date information about current events in the Middle East, an excellent addition to a U.S. government or history class. Assign cooperative learning groups specific days or weeks to study and present a report on current events, educating their peers for discussion or other various classroom activities. Have cooperative learning groups create online books of the current events using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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Iraq Elections - Christian Science Monitor - Christian Science Monitor

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CSM's Iraq election coverage emphasizes the role that tribal and regional histories will play in the push for political control at both the provincial and national levels as Kurds,...more
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CSM's Iraq election coverage emphasizes the role that tribal and regional histories will play in the push for political control at both the provincial and national levels as Kurds, Sunnis, and Shi'ites vie for their own share of power.

tag(s): elections (75), iraq (32)

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While this is no longer a current event, this article does a great job of explaining the roots of the problems that continue to plague Iraq to this day. Either print or display the article to students on the interactive whiteboard or projector. (students could also read this for homework) Either way, this article provides enough background information that it could lead to an excellent discussion of the Iraqi conflict. Be sure help your weaker readers and ESL students by sharing the vocabulary words prior to reading, either on a handout or by projecting on an interactive whiteboard and highlighting them in the text as you come to them.

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