Geography

Old Ranches and New Development | America's Heartland

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Travel to Gardnerville, Nevada, and meet two ranchers who are deciding whether to maintain their rural lifestyles or sell out to encroaching housing developments.

Day of the Dead | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly offers a behind-the-scenes look at how Latin American communities across the U.S. honor their deceased on Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos. Celebrants believe that the spirits of the dead return every year on this day, which coincides with All Saints Day and All Souls Day. The video also shows how Day of the Dead rituals follow the Catholic Church's teachings about life and death.

What is Liberty? | Ken Burns: The Statue of Liberty

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David McCullough, James Baldwin, Jerzy Kosiński, Carolyn Forché, Barbara Jordan, and Milos Forman discuss liberty. The statue is a symbol of who has gone before us to achieve liberty. Liberty is the absence of constraints and barriers. It is freedom to be one's self.

A Challenge for Two Old Cities | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program features two cities on the periphery of China and their changing industrial landscape and ethnic and religious minorities. Lanzhou and Shenyang are removed from the heartland of Han China by distance and a variety of geographical barriers. For Lanzhou, the steppes, plateaus, and mountains of central and western China are barriers, while for Shenyang it is the Yellow Sea and the broken edge of the Mongolian Plateau. The physical geography, the process of industrialization, and the historic roots of the cultures are illustrated with images, maps, and commentary.

Changes on the Chang Jiang | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program features two case studies about the Chang Jiang River valley: Shanghai: Head of the Dragon and Sijia: Small Town, Big Change. The first case study examines Shanghai, China's most populous city. Shanghai is experiencing unprecedented growth since the central government gave its approval and support to an open city policy. The second case study profiles Sijia, a small village that experienced rapid growth when a blue jeans garment factory located there. This rural township enterprise has given villagers year-round employment with steady wages and an increasing standard of living.

Valley and Ridge | Regions of Georgia

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Learn about the Valley and Ridge region of Georgia, including how it was formed, its climate, wildlife, location, and industry.

This video is a part of GPB Education’s Regions of Georgia virtual field trip, which you can view here

Weird Wonderful West Virginia | Soda Straws and Hoppers: Organ Cave

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Explore the geologic features and the history of West Virginia's Organ Cave. Learn about the natural creation of the stalactites and stalagmites and the importance of the cave during the Civil War.

Russia | Teaching Geography: Workshop 6

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Russia is a vast region, characterized by diverse physical and human geographical features. This one hour video workshop investigates the relationships of these features to Russia's past, present, and future. Using the Russian examples of St. Petersburg and Dagestan, consider first how urban centers develop and later the intercultural relationships of cooperation and conflict. Two educators demonstrate their strategies to bring the subject matter alive to their students.

The Pilgrims: Native American Relationship to the Land

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Explore differences in historical perspectives with respect to Native Americans and the land at the time the Plymouth Colony was established, in this adapted DVD extra from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Pilgrims. A Native anthropologist disputes a prominent 17th-century English text that describes Native people as “heathens” and “not industrious,” and their land as “spacious and void.” Historian Linda Coombs describes how Native people lived and moved over the land, taking what they needed without destroying it. The English text and a contemporary analysis written by Plimoth Plantation historians are included in Support Materials. Teaching Tips offer suggestions for how to integrate the resources into your teaching. This resource is part of the American Experience: The Pilgrims collection.

Click on the links below to download customizable Teaching Tips and a video transcript for this resource.

Teaching Tips Transcript

Ethnic Fragmentation in Canada | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program features two case studies on Canada: Vancouver: Hong Kong East and Montreal: An Island of French. The first segment focuses on the emerging Pacific Rim metropolis of Vancouver and the consequences of a recent influx of wealthy Hong Kong Chinese immigrants into the area. The second segment examines the French-speaking population within Montreal, its turbulent history with the English-speaking minority, and the ongoing efforts to resist linguistic domination in North America.

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