Geography

Barrio de Paz | Global Oneness Project

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Students watch a short film, Barrio de Paz by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, which tells the story of peace worker Nelsa Libertad Curbelo and the city's gang youth, who have left behind a life of crime to come together and provide services to their struggling community. Loved like a mother, Nelsa has helped the gangs channel their need for unity, structure, and love into the power to participate in society.

In this lesson, students explore how respect, trust, and love can transform youth violence. Through classroom discussion, students examine reasons why young people join gangs and ways those instincts can become the foundation for creative participation in society. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

 

 

Gender Roles

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Undergraduate Ben Knox was the only male expedition member and studied Fijian men and cultural differences. Part of his research concentrated on the Fijian phrase “Vaka Vanua” which roughly translates as “to resemble the land” and is a philosophical ideal of great meaning to Fijian men.

North America | Teaching Geography: Workshop 3

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This one-hour video Workshop focuses on the ethnically diverse and rapidly changing regions of North America. Looking at several urban examples, it first examines how geography can be used as a tool to analyze the relationship between urban economic and demographic data. Later in the workshop, the focus moves to suburban sprawl around Chicago and how two teachers help their students identify implications of city growth in Philadelphia and San Antonio.

The Boys of Baraka

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Devon, Montrey, Richard, and Romesh are just at that age — 12 and 13 years old — when boys start to become men. But in their hometown of Baltimore, one of the country’s most poverty-stricken cities for inner-city residents, African-American boys have a very high chance of being incarcerated or killed before they reach adulthood. The boys are offered an amazing opportunity in the form of the Baraka school, a project founded to break the cycle of violence through an innovative education program that literally removed young boys from low-performing public schools and unstable home environments. They travel with their classmates to rural Kenya in East Africa, where a teacher-student ratio of one to five, a strict disciplinary program and a comprehensive curriculum form the core of their new educational program. The Boys of Baraka follows along with their journey, and examines each boy’s transformation during this remarkable time.

Prenatal Healthcare for Stressed Mothers | America by the Numbers

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Healthcare professionals are looking for ways to reduce toxic stress in young mothers at risk, using techniques like counseling and yoga. Find out how, in this clip from America by the Numbers. However, these professionals are sometimes hampered by a lack of resources, and in many cases they can only serve a small fraction of the women that need their help.

Hensley Settlement | Early America

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In this video segment from the KET series Kentucky Life, host Bryan Crawford visits the Hensley Settlement in the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park. Park Ranger Matthew Graham guides Crawford on a tour of the Hensley Settlement while discussing the unique history of this pioneer community.

Healthcare for Guam's Veterans | America by the Numbers

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Learn about treatments the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is providing to support military veterans in Guam, in this clip from America by the Numbers. Many citizens of Guam say they are not getting the help they deserve, particularly in the field of mental health. This clip examines the resources and institutions available for Guamanian veterans.

Monongah Mine Disaster

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Examine the impact of the Monongah mine disaster on labor relations and laws in West Virginia.

Hidden Burial Chamber | Time Scanners: Egypt

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Discover how the ancient Egyptians were able to design a burial chamber within the heart of a pyramid in this clip from Time Scanners. Laser scan technology shows a series of relieving chambers that distribute the weight from the enormous forces pressing down.

Green Corn, Native American Gold | Georgia Stories

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When you bite into a hot, buttered ear of corn you are enjoying food with an ancient history in Georgia. Corn is the foodstuff responsible for prehistoric Native Americans flourishing in Georgia. Diamond Brown, a Cherokee dancer describes its importance as it is celebrated in the sacred Green Corn ceremony. Through interviews, reenactments, and visits to significant Native American sites in Georgia, the story of the changing culture of Indians from their arrival and existence as wandering hunters to the development of the mound building culture unfolds.

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