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Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Language and Ethnicity

Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Language and Ethnicity

Though the Arab world is broadly defined by a shared Arab ethnicity, ... (more)

Though the Arab world is broadly defined by a shared Arab ethnicity, there are actually a variety of ethnic groups in the region, many of whom are indigenous to the land. Each of these ethnic groups, including the Amazigh, the Bedouin, the Nubians, and the Kurds, has a unique history and culture and often their own language as well. Since the early years of Arab expansion, these indigenous groups have negotiated their acceptance and integration into the dominant Arab culture, at times adopting elements of the culture and at other times, rejecting it. This unit introduces students to ethnic groups in the Arab world and guides them through an understanding of their lived experience as minorities in the region. Students will consider the challenges that face specific ethnicities and explore how these groups negotiate their collective identity and membership in the region. Students will study the activity of Amazigh activists, read Kurdish poetry, and watch a documentary about the Nubians. They'll end the unit by conducting independent research on an ethnic minority of their choosing. (less)

Subject:
Arts
Humanities
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Readings
Unit of Study
Collection:
Middle East Studies Center
Provider:
Portland State University|Qatar Foundation International
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Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Religious Expression

Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Religious Expression

Religion permeates through the cultures and societies of the Arab world, manifesting ... (more)

Religion permeates through the cultures and societies of the Arab world, manifesting itself in diverse ways. Its presence is seen at an institutional level as well as in personal behaviors and interactions including dress, daily routines, and patterns of speech. Although religion is ubiquitous, the way individuals understand and practice their religion varies widely. Furthermore, while Islam is the predominant religion of the region, religious sentiment pervades broadly and a host of other religions are practiced throughout the region. This unit guides students through an understanding of religion in the Arab world within its own cultural context. It challenges students to consider the complexities of religion and religious expression in a region in which its presence is unavoidable. This unit exposes students to diverse religious practices and expressions of Islam and the relationships between religious practitioners in the region. (less)

Subject:
Arts
Humanities
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Readings
Unit of Study
Collection:
Middle East Studies Center
Provider:
Portland State University|Qatar Foundation International
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Ataturk

Ataturk

This Wide Angle video segment illustrates Islamic and secular elements of life ... (more)

This Wide Angle video segment illustrates Islamic and secular elements of life in Turkey, and introduces Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the first president of Turkey, and his reforms. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Video Lectures
Collection:
Teachers' Domain
Provider:
WNET
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Automobile Choices and Alternative Fuels

Automobile Choices and Alternative Fuels

In this lesson students will compare and make distinctions among 5 alternative ... (more)

In this lesson students will compare and make distinctions among 5 alternative fuels. They will understand the impact of different types of fuel on: a. the environment b. lifestyle c. the economy/personal finances of car choices. They will also use critical thinking skills to support multi-step decision-making for buying a car. (less)

Subject:
Business
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Lesson Plans
Collection:
PBS
Provider:
NewsHour
Author:
Amy Gambrill
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Ayiti: The Cost of Life

Ayiti: The Cost of Life

Help the Guinard family struggle to make ends meet and get ahead ... (more)

Help the Guinard family struggle to make ends meet and get ahead in their poverty-stricken homeland, Haiti. In this sometimes tragic and always challenging simulation game, you help the parents, Jean and Marie, and their children, Patrick, Jacqueline, and Yves, make decisions about work, education, community building, personal purchases, and health care that might brighten their future. Includes lesson plans for teachers. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Games
Collection:
TakingITGlobal TIGed Activities
Provider:
TakingITGlobal
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The Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863

The Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863

This site presents elements of the battle and its aftermath, including objects ... (more)

This site presents elements of the battle and its aftermath, including objects used by the soldiers, a lesson plan on the men's experiences, a history of the preservation efforts at the battlefield, and a database about Civil War soldiers (less)

Subject:
Humanities
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Readings
Collection:
National Park Service
Provider:
National Park Service
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Beijing Riviera

Beijing Riviera

This video from Wide Angle takes viewers to the Beijing Riviera, an ... (more)

This video from Wide Angle takes viewers to the Beijing Riviera, an exclusive gated community for elites who have access to luxury goods and services on an unprecedented scale. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Video Lectures
Collection:
Teachers' Domain
Provider:
WNET
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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

This guide is designed to take advantage of the educational information in ... (more)

This guide is designed to take advantage of the educational information in the three-part PBS series BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (PBS airdate November 19-20, 2002), directing teacher’s to specific sections of the series relevant to the lesson plan. The lessons engage students with a media-rich environment that employs video, DVD, computers, and the Internet in addition to more traditional print resources. The lesson plans are flexible, allowing teachers to adapt the instruction to their particular needs. Pre K-12 teachers may videotape the series and use it in the classroom for one year. (less)

Subject:
Humanities
Science and Technology
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Lesson Plans
Collection:
PBS
Provider:
Twin Cities Public Television
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Ben's Guide to the U.S. Social Sciences for Kids

Ben's Guide to the U.S. Social Sciences for Kids

Helps K-12 students learn how our government works. Students can learn about ... (more)

Helps K-12 students learn how our government works. Students can learn about the branches of government, the election process, and how laws are made. This includes debate topics, word puzzles, historical documents, and resources for parents and teachers. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Readings
Collection:
U.S. Government Printing Office
Provider:
Social Sciences Printing Office
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Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall

You and your classmates have been sent to Germany to learn about ... (more)

You and your classmates have been sent to Germany to learn about the Berlin Wall. At the end of the trip you will return to your school and be asked questions about your experiences and what you have learned. You will read your task first, then go and read the process you will follow, next read through the learning advice, use the resources provided to answer the questions, and after you have finished all those steps go to the conclusion. Good Luck and have a FUN trip!!! (less)

Subject:
Humanities
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Collection:
Instructional Architect
Provider:
Instructional Architect
Author:
Miss Ballif
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Beyond Black History Month

Beyond Black History Month

Go beyond approaches that marginalize African American history by "shifting the lens" ... (more)

Go beyond approaches that marginalize African American history by "shifting the lens" to look at events from new perspectives.Black History Month can be a wonderful celebration of the contributions that African Americans have made to American history and culture. All too often, however, those contributions are heralded in February but seldom mentioned throughout the rest of the year. Ideally, every monthŠ—Čs history curriculum should include those contributions, but how do you integrate African American history into the curriculum on a regular basis? (less)

Subject:
Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plans
Readings
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Collection:
LEARN NC Articles & More
Provider:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
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Blogging in the Government Classroom

Blogging in the Government Classroom

Students already use many forms of internet communication in their personal and ... (more)

Students already use many forms of internet communication in their personal and social lives, and incorporating that into the classroom can make their learning experience more relevant and meaningful. Blogs help students put their thoughts into words, express their ideas publicly, and allow them to interact with each other’s ideas with comments. Blogging is a powerful form of digital communication used by many people; the availability, ease, and flexibility of blogging make it particularly appealing for teachers. In this module I analyze the benefits of blogging for a classroom, highlight some pitfalls, then examine some current usage of blogs. (less)

Subject:
Humanities
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Collection:
Connexions
Provider:
Rice University
Author:
John Mclaughlin
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Botswana Today

Botswana Today

Learn about the achievements and national problems of the African nation of ... (more)

Learn about the achievements and national problems of the African nation of Botswana in this video segment from Wide Angle. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Video Lectures
Collection:
Teachers' Domain
Provider:
WNET
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Building Cultural Literacy Through Readers Theater and Bibliotherapy

Building Cultural Literacy Through Readers Theater and Bibliotherapy

The relationship between the Black and White Americans has often been tense ... (more)

The relationship between the Black and White Americans has often been tense and strained, often based upon available socioeconomic resources of race, income, and education. Many times, these interactions have worsened before becoming better. In this light, the focus of this document is to demonstrate the usage and blending of bibliotherapy, Readers Theater, and PowerPoint presentation via on-line technology, as an engaging teaching and learning tool that hones cultural literacy in students. It is within this context that the authors seek to provide a strategy to hone cultural literacy utilizing the bibliotherapy and Readers Theater; thus influencing students’ knowledge about race and themselves. (less)

Subject:
Arts
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Collection:
Connexions
Provider:
Rice University
Author:
Celina Echols
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Busing for Integration vs. Neighborhood Schools

Busing for Integration vs. Neighborhood Schools

This lesson plan will introduce students to the political, social, and economic ... (more)

This lesson plan will introduce students to the political, social, and economic issues surrounding school desegregation using oral histories from those who experienced it firsthand. They will learn about the history of the "separate but equal" U.S. school system, the 1971 Swann case which forced Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) to integrate, and the recent decision to discontinue busing for racial integration in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. They will compare and contrast neighborhood schools with schools integrated through busing, and listen to oral histories of students who have experienced both types of schools in CMS. Through discussion with classmates, they will create a list of the negatives and positives of both neighborhood and integrated schools. Students will then write an argumentative essay explaining which type of schools they would support, and will defend their argument with evidence from the oral histories. (less)

Subject:
Humanities
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Case Study
Lesson Plans
Collection:
Stories of the American South
Provider:
UNC University Library
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Campfire Stories with George Catlin: An Encounter of Two Cultures

Campfire Stories with George Catlin: An Encounter of Two Cultures

In this lesson students will learn about the varying attitudes and definitions ... (more)

In this lesson students will learn about the varying attitudes and definitions of land ownership held by Native and European Americans by studying a variety of primary documents from the nineteenth century. They will learn about how various treaties—the Homestead Act and the Dawes Act—affected both Native and European Americans. Students will discuss these issues in the form of a debate, and will also write journal entries. (less)

Subject:
Humanities
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Lesson Plans
Collection:
Smithsonian Institutions
Provider:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Celebrating the Freedom to Read

Celebrating the Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week teaches the importance of our First Amendment rights and ... (more)

Banned Books Week teaches the importance of our First Amendment rights and draws attention to the danger of restricting information in a free society. (less)

Subject:
Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plans
Readings
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Collection:
LEARN NC Articles & More
Provider:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
Author:
Melissa Thibault
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