Five teaching units focus on nonviolence, respect for human rights and dignity, social justice and civic responsibility, global awareness, and environmental sustainability. This site has been designed to help students and educators celebrate the International Day of the World's Indigenous People through active learning. The learning activities presented in each section are student-centered. They are designed as informal, participatory exercises or suggestions for students to take further action.
Universe of Music, Fall 2007
An introduction to the infinite universe of music from its origins to the present, this course investigates the role of instruments, culture, myth and science in the evolution of music. Illustrations through the medium of the World Wide Web present the concept of music as both communication of ideas and expression of feelings in diverse musical traditions of the world.
This collection of activities and resources is a companion guide for the 15-minute film Defying genocide. The history of the Holocaust and the 1994 Rwandan genocide illustrate the entire spectrum of human behavior, from unimaginable evil to extraordinary goodness. Through a study of the Holocaust, Rwanda, and genocide, students learn that genocide occurs because individuals, organizations, and governments make choices to participate, resist, or turn away. Students can also see that at the same
Ask Dr. Global Change
This site offers a searchable collection of answers to questions about global warming, ozone depletion, greenhouse gases, and other issues related to climate change. Students can also submit questions of their own and explore related links.
High School Environmental Center
This is a portal to environmental resources. It organizes sites by topics: air pollution, climate change, global warming; conservation of energy, soil, and water; coral reefs, forests, watersheds, and other ecosystems; drinking water, waste water, ground water; asthma, lead, pesticides, sun protection, and other health issues; waste and recycling; and local data and maps.
This site provides materials from dozens of teacher presentations on literacy, math, science, history, and the arts at the U.S. Department of Education's Teacher-to-Teacher Summer Workshops. Topics include reading, writing, English language learners, Chinese language and culture, algebra, computation, data, geometry, peer teaching, earth systems, cells, physical science, labs, science mysteries, historical literacy, arts and reading, and more.
Disability Studies for Teachers
This document introduces the field and resources of Diability Studies for interested teachers.Disability Studies for Teachers is a web-based resource for teachers who want to introduce students in social studies, history, literature, and related subjects in grades 6-12 to disability studies and disability history. Resources on this site also can be adapted for use in postsecondary education. The project prepares lesson plans, essays, and teaching materials. It also draws on and contains links to
This course examines contemporary theory and research on the development of intellectual processes from infancy through adolescence. It compares cognitive-developmental theories and research to psychometric,information-processing, and other approaches. The final project, the metahobby project, fosters the student's ability to think theoretically and apply good theory in professional and personal ways.
Jazz in America: National Jazz Curriculum
The school offers lessons for teaching about jazz in American history or music class for Grades 5, 8, and 11. Learn about the evolution of jazz, different jazz styles, improvisation, basic musical elements, and how jazz influenced (and was influenced by) American culture. The mission of The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz is to offer public school-based jazz education programs for young people around the world, helping students develop imaginative thinking, creativity, curiosity, a positive s
Despite gobs of data, it is still difficult to accurately predict the path and intensity of a hurricane. How are these predictions made? Are they getting more reliable? Will hurricanes be affected by global warming? And, while we're at it, what gets a hurricane turning in the first place?
Study of Place: Antarctic Exploration
Each two-week module in the Study of Place curriculum is framed by an historical event that makes a connection between the physical environment and human activity. The activities focus primarily on physical and earth science content, geography, and inquiry skills. Assessments and scoring rubrics, including a pre-assessment that can be used for both modules, are embedded in each module, providing opportunities for tracking student learning. The Antarctic Exploration module is framed by Sir Ernest
Study of Place: Ocean Currents Exploration
Each two-week module in the Study of Place curriculum is framed by an historical event that makes a connection between the physical environment and human activity. The activities focus primarily on physical and earth science content, geography, and inquiry skills. Assessments and scoring rubrics, including a pre-assessment that can be used for both modules, are embedded in each module, providing opportunities for tracking student learning. The Ocean Currents Exploration module is framed by Benja
Take a Technology Inventory
This activity prepares students to watch the film, "Local Voices, Global Visions," by having them examine the presence of technology in their own lives. Students should be familiar with the use of spreadsheets and have a basic working definition of information and communication technology (ICT), using the Understanding page or from their own initial research on the subject. This activity is part of a series of lessons surrounding the film, "Local Voices, Global Visions."
Slavery in North Carolina
North Carolina, like other Southern states, relied on slavery to build its economy during the 18th and 19th centuries. Slaves across the state raised crops, did domestic chores, constructed new buildings, sailed ships, and performed countless other jobs, all for no pay. The slave trade separated many families, and punishment and violence were all too common. Despite the extreme hardship of slavery, enslaved blacks in North Carolina created a strong culture that combined their experiences as slav
Changes in Southern Politics
The political landscape in the South underwent significant change during the twentieth century. Political and social change in Southern states was directly connected to some of the landmark events of American history, particularly the Civil Rights Movement. An understanding of the role of politics in the South is essential to comprehension of the history and culture of the region. The oral histories in this site illuminate changes in Southern politics from the end of the Civil War up to the pre
The Snowball Earth
This website contains an informational paper by Paul Hoffman and Daniel Schragg at Harvard University. The paper describes many lines of evidence supporting a theory that the entire Earth was ice-covered 600-700 million years ago. Each glacial period lasted for millions of years and ended violently under extreme greenhouse conditions. These climate shocks triggered the evolution of multicellular animal life, and challenge long-held assumptions regarding the limits of global change. Users can rea
The Earth and Beyond: Distinguishing the most important groups of materials
Learners respond confidently to their desire to learn about natural phenomena; they investigate relationships and solve problems within the context of science, technology and the environment. In this activity, learners will show an understanding of the interrelationships between science and technology, society and the environment.
The Roman Empire: introducing some key terms
This unit will define basic concepts and terms that are essential for an understanding of the culture and identity of the Roman empire. Terms such as ‘Roman empire’ and ‘imperium’ will be introduced in the context of the formation and expansion of the empire, and the unit will provide you with the background ...
Oil industry in Scotland: making photographs, making demands
The oil industry is perhaps the archetypal globalised industry, and it is this global scale that poses the challenge. How can the full dimensions of the oil industry be adequately represented in a photograph? This unit looks at a series of photographs mad
This unit is intended to be of interest not only to people living in Scotland but to anyone wishing to know more about Scottish society and culture. It brings together a collection of free educational resources relevant to Scotland. The resources within t