Geography

Secrets of Spanish Florida: Secrets of the Dead | The First True Thanksgiving

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Learn about the first "true" Thanksgiving in this video from Secrets of Spanish Florida: A Secrets of the Dead Special. Engage students through discussion questions and teaching tips that ask them to compare different Thanksgiving accounts, research the Native American tribes of St. Augustine, Florida and analyze historical maps of the region.

To learn more, visit Secrets of the Dead website.

Fall of The Roman Empire... in the 15th Century | Crash Course World History

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John Green teaches you about the fall of the Roman Empire, which happened considerably later than you may have been told. While the Western Roman Empire fell to barbarians in 476 CE, the Byzantines in Constantinople continued the Eastern Empire nicely, calling themselves Romans for a further 1000 years. Find out what Justinian and the rest of the Byzantine emperors were up to over there, and how the Roman Empire dragged out its famous Decline well into medieval times. In addition to all this, you'll learn about ancient sports riots and hipster barbarians, too.

Water and Classical Civilizations | Crash Course World History

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Join host John Green to learn about water. People cannot live without water, which means it's absolutely necessary for civilization. In this episode, John talks about water in the context of classical civilizations, but not those of Greece or Rome. Instead, we'll explore the Maya civilization in Central America and the Khmer civilization in what is now Cambodia.

Propaganda in World War II

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Through this KACV educational unit, students will learn about the effectiveness of United States propaganda used in World War II. This unit includes videos of interviews with individuals who lived during this time period, lesson plans, a sample presentation, a company logo activity, and project guidelines. Lesson plans for Advanced Placement (AP) courses and regular courses are included.

Global Interaction | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program features two case studies in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific regions: Singapore: Gateway to Southeast Asia and Australia: New Links to Asia. Both Singapore and Australia have achieved advanced development and offer high living standards for their respective populations. Viewed together, the two areas are a study in geographical, cultural, and historical contrasts.

Activity Starter | Intermediate Directions

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Learn about intermediate directions and complete an interesting hands-on activity.

Visit the Activity Starters website to learn more!

River Rewilding: Grand River Social and Economic Impacts

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This unit examines the social and economic role that the Grand River has played in the Grand Rapids, Michigan community. It begins with the Paleo-Indians and extends to current day. Students will look at primary source readings, artifacts, and summaries of the different time periods. They will examine the role of the River in society and the impacts of humans on the River. Specifically, students will examine how the change in population and uses of the River impacts river quality.

North Africa and Southwest Asia | Teaching Geography: Workshop 4

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This one hour video program focuses on two locations in the arid regions of North Africa and Southwest Asia. First, visit Jerusalem in a search to understand the conflicts that have erupted in this holy city. Then, in Egypt, investigate this desert nation's limited natural resources. These classroom segments show students grappling with what life is like in Israel's occupied territories and engaging in some creative mapmaking as they map the Nile River.

Growth, Cities, and Immigration | Crash Course US History #25

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In which John Green teaches you about the massive immigration to the United States during the late 19th and early 20th century. Immigrants flocked to the US from all over the world in this time period. Millions of Europeans moved to the US where they drove the growth of cities and manned the rapid industrialization that was taking place. In the western US, many Chinese immigrants arrived to work on the railroad and in mines. As is often the case in the United States, the people who already lived in the US reacted kind of badly to this flood of immigrants. Some legislators tried to stem the flow of new arrivals, with mixed success. Grover Cleveland vetoed a general ban on immigration, but the leadership at the time did manage to get together to pass an anti-Chinese immigration law. Immigrants did win some important Supreme Court decisions upholding their rights, but in many ways, immigrants were treated as second class citizens. At the same time, the country was rapidly urbanizing. Cities were growing rapidly and industrial technology was developing new wonders all the time. John will cover all this upheaval and change and hearken back to a time when racial profiling did in fact boil down to analyzing the side of someone's face.

Deepak Chopra: The Wounds of Partition

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In this video from Finding Your Roots, Dr. Deepak Chopra reexamines the trauma his family experienced during the partition of India and Pakistan. The partition led to one of the largest migrations in history and resulted in the deaths of an estimated half-million people. 

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