World History

The Cabinet Clashes | Women, War & Peace II

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Examine Egypt’s Arab Spring and learn about how the Cabinet Clashes brought a new phase to the movement in this video from Women, War & Peace II. Support materials include video, background essays, discussion questions and teaching tips to help students analyze the events of the Arab Spring and how social media impacted the movement.

For more resources from Women, War & Peace II, check out the Discussion Guide developed by Peace is Loud.

The Islands and the Whales | Lesson Plan Clips

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This clip shows a grind, the traditional technique used by the Faroese to herd whales into the bay, where they beach and are slaughtered. Much of the footage is graphic. It may disturb some students, so prior to viewing you’ll want to warn them of the nature of what they are about to see.

February 7, 2019 | News Quiz

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This episode features stories about the recent polar vortex, air pollution in Thailand, the dam collapse in Brazil, a mobile shop in Russia, a measles outbreak, sand art, Lunar New Year, Super Bowl LIII, and more. News Quiz is KET's weekly 15-minute current events program for students. The program consists of news segments, a current events quiz, opinion letters, and an Extra Credit report.

Answer this week's opinion question at the News Quiz website. You can also copy this week's quiz to use in Google Classroom.

Justin Garretson, Robotics Engineer

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Justin Garretson is a Robotics Engineer in Intelligent Systems Robotics & Cybernetics at Sandia National Laboratories. He answers the question, "Why did you become a scientist?"

Native America | Episode 1: From Caves to Cosmos

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Native America: From Caves to Cosmos traces ancient knowledge and cutting-edge science to answer a 15,000 year-old-question — Who were America’s First People? The answer hides in Amazonian cave paintings, Mexican burial chambers, and on the waves off California’s coast. New evidence indicates that the very First Americans spent millennia developing their unique culture and beliefs as a single community, before spreading rapidly across North and South America. Together, they set Native America in motion, continents apart and untouched by influence from Europe, Asia and Africa.

Empowering Girls by Changing Tradition | FILMS BYKIDS

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Learn how girls in a village in Senegal are empowered by their community’s decision to publicly abandon the traditions of female genital cutting and child marriage in this video from FILMS BYKIDS: Walk on my Own. Ndèye Fatou Fall, a 13-year-old filmmaker, tells the story of how she and other girls in her village can walk on their own by continuing their education, exploring new career opportunities, and marrying whom they choose. Support materials are available, including discussion questions and vocabulary.

FILMS BYKIDS pairs master filmmakers with teenagers from around the world to create short personal documentaries that educate Americans as they encourage understanding and engagement about globally relevant issues.

Paris Attacks Raise Security Concerns Throughout Europe | PBS NewsHour

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See why politicians across Europe began voicing renewed concern for the ongoing refugee crisis that has brought hundreds of thousands of Syrians to Europe with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from November 18, 2015.

Exodus: Refugees, in Their Own Words

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Explore why people are forced to leave their homeland through five compelling first-person stories in these videos excerpted from FRONTLINE: Exodus. Throughout history, people have sought freedom and economic opportunity in new places. Today, driven from home by war, oppression, and poverty, these refugees have joined thousands who undertake a perilous journey to face an uncertain future in a new land. 

Valjean’s Confession | Les Misérables

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Analyze the morality and motivation of the novel’s famous main character, Jean Valjean, in this video excerpt from Les Misérables| MASTERPIECE. Based on the classic novel by Victor Hugo, the scene between Jean Valjean and Marius Pontmercy reveals both Valjean’s journey from peasant to thief to prosperous citizen, as well as his underlying struggle to feel worthy of his place in the “family of men.”

Find out more about MASTERPIECE on the series website.

The Cold War in Asia | Crash Course US History #38

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In which John Green teaches you about the Cold War as it unfolded in Asia. As John pointed out previously, the Cold War was occasionally hot, and a lot of that heat was generated in Asia. This is starting to sound weird with the hot/cold thing, so let's just say that the United States' struggle against communist expansion escalated to full-blown, boots on the ground wars in Korea and Vietnam. In both of these cases, the United States sent soldiers to intervene in civil wars when it looked like communists might win.

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