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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 ... More

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. Less

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Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
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Lesson Plans
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Portland State University
Qatar Foundation International
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Middle East Studies Center
Middle East Studies Center
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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, ... 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

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Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
Ethnic Studies
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Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
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Portland State University
Qatar Foundation International
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Middle East Studies Center
Middle East Studies Center
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Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Religious Expression
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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

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Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
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Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
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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
Middle East Studies Center
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Ataturk
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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

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Religious Studies
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Video Lectures
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PBS Learning Media
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Teachers' Domain
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Atomic Platters
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Presents a searchable database of "first generation" music and popular culture in ... More

Presents a searchable database of "first generation" music and popular culture in the Atomic Age. These compositions celebrate, lament or lampoon the Bomb and the Cold War that sprang from the mushroom clouds over Japan. Less

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Performing Arts
Education
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Homework and Assignments
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Conelrad
Internet Scout Project
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Individual Authors
Internet Scout Project
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Bill Geerhart
Curtis Samson
Ken Sitz
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At the University of Brasilia
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Consider the opposing views on the policy implemented at the UniversityŰ_í_ of ... More

Consider the opposing views on the policy implemented at the UniversityŰ_í_ of Brasilia in this Wide Angle video. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media. Less

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PBS Learning Media
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Ayiti: The Cost of Life
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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

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World Cultures
Sociology
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Games
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TakingITGlobal
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TakingITGlobal TIGed Activities
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The Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863
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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

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National Park Service
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Beijing Riviera
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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

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PBS Learning Media
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Benjamin Franklin
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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

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Twin Cities Public Television
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Ben's Guide to the U.S. Social Sciences for Kids
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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

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Education
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Readings
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Internet Scout Project
Social Sciences Printing Office
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Internet Scout Project
U.S. Government Printing Office
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Beyond Black History Month
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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

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Ethnic Studies
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Lesson Plans
Readings
Teaching and Learning Strategies
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
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LEARN NC Articles & More
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A Biography of America
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A Biography of America presents history not simply as a series of ... More

A Biography of America presents history not simply as a series of irrefutable facts to be memorized, but as a living narrative. Prominent historians -- Donald L. Miller, Pauline Maier, Louis P. Masur, Waldo E. Martin, Jr., Douglas Brinkley, and Virginia Scharff -- present America's story as something that is best understood from a variety of perspectives. Thought-provoking debates and lectures encourage critical analysis of the forces that have shaped America. First-person narratives, photos, film footage, and documents reveal the human side of American history -- how historical figures affected events, and the impact of these events on citizens' lives. A video instructional series on American history for college and high school classrooms and adult learners; 26 half-hour video programs, coordinated books, and Web site. Less

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Education
U.S. History
Economics
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Video Lectures
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Annenberg Learner
Internet Scout Project
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Annenberg Learner
Internet Scout Project
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Blogging in the Government Classroom
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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

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Education
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Rice University
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Connexions
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John Mclaughlin
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Boston Desegregation
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This excerpt from WGBH's Evening Compass news program summarizes events of the ... More

This excerpt from WGBH's Evening Compass news program summarizes events of the first year of the 1974 Boston school desegregation plan. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media. Less

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U.S. History
Ethnic Studies
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Video Lectures
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Washington University Libraries
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Teachers' Domain
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Botswana Today
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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

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Video Lectures
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PBS Learning Media
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Teachers' Domain
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Bridging World History
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Bridging World History is a multimedia course for secondary school and college ... More

Bridging World History is a multimedia course for secondary school and college teachers that looks at global patterns through time, seeing history as an integrated whole. Topics are studied in a general chronological order, but each is examined through a thematic lens, showing how people and societies experience both integration and differences. The course consists of 26 units (half-hour video, interactive Web activities, and print materials) that can be explored at either introductory levels or as more advanced study. The course videos feature interviews with leading world history textbook authors and nationally known historians. The Web site includes an archive of over 1000 primary source documents and artifacts, journal articles from the Journal of World History and other publications, and a thematic interactive activity on interrelationships across time and place. Less

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Religious Studies
Education
World History
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Video Lectures
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Annenberg Learner
Internet Scout Project
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Annenberg Learner
Internet Scout Project
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Bring History to Life With a Living History Day!
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A Living History Day turns students into teachers and challenges them to ... More

A Living History Day turns students into teachers and challenges them to think historically. Less

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World History
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Lesson Plans
Readings
Teaching and Learning Strategies
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
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LEARN NC Articles & More
Author:
Melissa Thibault
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Building Cultural Literacy Through Readers Theater and Bibliotherapy
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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

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Literature
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Activities and Labs
Teaching and Learning Strategies
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Rice University
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Connexions
Author:
Celina Echols
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Busing for Integration vs. Neighborhood Schools
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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

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U.S. History
Material Type:
Case Study
Lesson Plans
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UNC University Library
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Stories of the American South
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