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5 Themes of Geography: Your Home
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This is a lesson plan to introduce the 5 Themes of Geography. ...

This is a lesson plan to introduce the 5 Themes of Geography. Students will take notes on the 5 Themes and apply them to their school as a whole class. Students will have this example to refer back to when they eventually move on to applying the 5 Themes to where they live!

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Social Science
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OER Commons
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Lisa Strader
6th Grade PBL - Cultural Differences
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Researching different cultures in the Eastern and Western Hemisphere. 6.3.3 Describe and ...

Researching different cultures in the Eastern and Western Hemisphere.

6.3.3 Describe and compare major physical characteristics of regions in Europe and the Americas.
6.3.4 Describe and compare major cultural characteristics of regions in Europe and the Western Hemisphere.

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Education
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Interactive
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OER Commons
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Irma Hernandez
The Adventures of Rama
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The Ramayana, the famous Hindu epic, is retold here in words and ...

The Ramayana, the famous Hindu epic, is retold here in words and illustrations by "The Golden Eagles," Loretta Hopper's Grade 2 class from Ephesus Elementary in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
Religious Studies
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
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All for One
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In this video from Wide Angle, learn about the influence of the ...

In this video from Wide Angle, learn about the influence of the communist values of organization, discipline and collectivism on North Korean society.

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PBS LearningMedia
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Along the Trail of Tears
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A part of history is often forgot when teaching younger students. This ...

A part of history is often forgot when teaching younger students. This is the relocation of the Cherokee Indians when the white settlers wanted their property. The US Government moved whole groups of Indians under harsh conditions. This trip became known as the Trail of Tears. Using this as a background students will explore and experiment with persuasive writing as they try to express the position of Cherokee leaders.

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Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
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Provider:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
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Author:
Glenda Bullard
Alternative Discussion Formats: A Public Relations Campaign
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By creating a PR campaign for a historical or literary figure, students ...

By creating a PR campaign for a historical or literary figure, students can practice a wide range of thinking skills.

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Arts and Humanities
Public Relations
World History
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
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Author:
Kathryn Walbert
Alternative Discussion Formats: History and Literature on Trial
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Putting historical or literary figures on trial makes a lively and challenging ...

Putting historical or literary figures on trial makes a lively and challenging alternative to a class debate.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
World History
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
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Kathryn Walbert
Alternative Discussion Formats: Museum Exhibit Design
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Designing museum exhibits encourages students to think creatively and to use a ...

Designing museum exhibits encourages students to think creatively and to use a wide range of thinking skills.

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Arts and Humanities
World History
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
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Kathryn Walbert
Alternatives to the Famous Person Report
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This "rethinking reports" series of articles provides alternative research assignments that challenge ...

This "rethinking reports" series of articles provides alternative research assignments that challenge students to think critically about historical actors.

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Arts and Humanities
World History
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
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David Walbert
Melissa Thibault
Alternatives to the President Report
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This "Rethinking Reports" series of articles offers alternative research-based assignments such as ...

This "Rethinking Reports" series of articles offers alternative research-based assignments such as a re-election editorial and a resume for an ex-president.

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Arts and Humanities
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Provider:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
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David Walbert
Melissa Thibault
The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden
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This site examines the job of a president, the balance of power ...

This site examines the job of a president, the balance of power with the Supreme Court and Congress, and ways presidents have communicated with the public. Features include the battle sword of George Washington, the lap desk on which Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, and the top hat worn by Abraham Lincoln the night he was assassinated.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
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Smithsonian Institutions
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National Museum of American History
Ancestors in the Americas
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These classroom guides have been designed to help educators use the ANCESTORS ...

These classroom guides have been designed to help educators use the ANCESTORS IN THE AMERICAS series and companion web site in history, geography and social studies classes (grade levels 9-12). The lesson plans may also be adapted for use as stand-alone exercises.

The ANCESTORS IN THE AMERICAS companion Web site helps to round out the stories and ideas presented in this groundbreaking series. Visit the Asian American Timeline to learn about specific moments and events that shaped Asian American history. Join an online discussion to talk about the series or related topics regarding Asian Americans. Use the Resource section to further explore the Asian American experience.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
Ethnic Studies
Material Type:
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Provider:
PBS
Provider Set:
ITVS
Author:
Heather Papp
Sue Purcell
Arab Culture Through Literature and Film
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Arab Culture through Literature and Film is a five unit high school ...

Arab Culture through Literature and Film is a five unit high school curriculum that provides students with knowledge and tools toanalyze and understand the Arab world. The materials utilize a student-centered pedagogical approach that promotes critical thinking and respect and encourages engaged global citizenship. Through this curriculum, students will recognize shared themes across the region and gain a sense of the rich diversity inherent to the multidimensional cultures of the Arab world. Students will study life and culture in the Arab world and engage with primary sources including films, short stories, and poems. Exposing students to Arab voices and putting human faces on the Arab world will increase understanding and tolerance in the American classroom.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
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Portland State University
Qatar Foundation International
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Middle East Studies Center
Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Daily Life, Kinship, Marriage and Family
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Across the Arab world, kinship and familial association are cornerstones of society ...

Across the Arab world, kinship and familial association are cornerstones of society and the experience of every individual. Though each kin group functions in a unique way, there is a pervasive pattern of reliance on family networks regardless of religion, gender, ethnicity, or class. This unit explores concepts and structures of family in Arab societies from a variety of angles. Students will explore Jordanian customs and consider the values behind them and their relation to family. They will also hear from gay and lesbian Middle Easterners who reflect on their concepts of family and its impact on their coming-out processes. Students will read select short stories and poems and watch Ajami, a film in which the plot is fueled by character reactions to their families' needs. In the final lesson of this unit, students will synthesize all of the lessons above to create an Arab kinship themed version of Chutes and Ladders that demonstrates the role of kinship in setting and realizing individual goals.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
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Portland State University
Qatar Foundation International
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Middle East Studies Center
Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Gender Roles
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This curriculum understands gender and gender roles as social constructs that are ...

This curriculum understands gender and gender roles as social constructs that are built, defined, and fulfilled on an individual and societal level. These roles are both an outcome of and rationale for appearance, behavior, and interactions of individuals and groups. Such concepts of gendered behavior are impacted by various factors including one's age, geographic location, social class, religion, marital status, and ethnicity. In this unit, students explore the dynamics of gender in the Arab world and consider their varied manifestations, perhaps challenging traditional notions of gender in the region. Students will explore the nuances of gendered interactions in public and private space and the pressures that gender expectations may place on individuals in the region. By engaging with texts and stories from the region, students will consider how those traditional expectations are negotiated and contested in a variety of ways.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
Ethnic Studies
Women's Studies
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Activity/Lab
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Portland State University
Qatar Foundation International
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Middle East Studies Center
Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Introduction to the Arab World
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The Arab world is a large and diverse region that spans from ...

The Arab world is a large and diverse region that spans from Morocco in the west, through the Levant, and the Arabian Peninsula. It includes twenty-three countries and represents a wide range of customs, traditions, and cultures. This unit frames the region through the lens of cultural unity and diversity, a concept essential to this curriculum. The historical and cultural background provided in this unit serves as a foundation for students to identify and understand the nuances and complexities of the region. Additionally, students are introduced to the primary tool used for cultural analysis of the Arab world throughout the curriculum, the culture as an iceberg metaphor.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
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Activity/Lab
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Portland State University
Qatar Foundation International
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Middle East Studies Center
Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Language and Ethnicity
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Though the Arab world is broadly defined by a shared Arab ethnicity, ...

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.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
Ethnic Studies
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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Unit of Study
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Portland State University
Qatar Foundation International
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Middle East Studies Center