Up from the Street: Tommy Guerrero
SPARK meets Tommy Guerrero, world famous street skateboarder and musician, whose music evokes the sounds and rhythms of San Francisco. This Educator Guide is about street culture in San Francisco, including skateboarding and its culture, as well as contemporary, instrumental music.
Home, Sweet Home: Lorraine Hansberry Theatre
SPARK follows Jared "Choclatt" Crawford as he prepares for his foot-tapping new musical theater production "Hit It!" at the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. This Educator Guide is about the history of drumming, street performers, and African American musical theater.
La Ciudad: The Immigration Experience
La Ciudad tells four separate but interconnected stories of Latin American immigrants struggling to survive in New York. This lesson plan includes activities inspired by the film including internet research, writing, and poetry analysis.
La Ciudad: Using Literature and Poetry
La Ciudad tells four separate but interconnected stories of Latin American immigrants struggling to survive in New York. This lesson plan includes activities inspired by the film including writing poetry, reading related texts and creating videos and performances.
Not in Our Town Northern California: Welcome Signs - Anderson, CA
"Not In Our Town Northern California: When Hate Happens Here" looks at five communities that are dealing with hate violence. This Educator Guide addresses an event that took place in Anderson, CA. In January 2004, an eight-foot-high cross was erected and burned on the lawn of an African American family's home, inspiring a community-organized march in support of the family. This guide includes discussion ideas and activities related to hate crimes and racism.
Out and About: Todd Hido
Internationally acclaimed photographer Todd Hido has made a name for himself capturing unsettling images of the suburban landscape, looking for the anonymous, even mysterious aspects of American life. This Educator Guide introduces students to Hido's art and provides an historical and critical context for the artists' evocative images of Bay Area homes and posed female models.
Percussion: San Francisco Taiko Dojo
SPARK follows Sensei Seiichi Tanaka and Taiko Dojo as they prepare for the 36th annual International Taiko Festival at Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall. This Educator Guide is about the history and traditions of the ancient art of Taiko drumming in Japan and the contemporary innovations of a global music culture.
Refugee: From Phnom Penh to San Francisco
The film "Refugee" follows three young Cambodian American men on their journey to Cambodia to find family members. This lesson challenges students to examine historical and contemporary topics from multiple perspectives.
Refugee: Revisiting the Killing Fields
The film "Refugee" follows three young Cambodian American men on their journey to Cambodia to find family members. Students are invited to investigate individual experiences and develop critical thinking skills to analyze the choices individuals have during wartime. Students will also evaluate the sacrifices and benefits of becoming a refugee in another country.
Sunlight and the Seasons
Children study seasonal change in sunlight in a global game of hide and seek. Students try to find 10 "mystery classes" hiding around the globe. The amount of sunlight is the central clue. Other clues link to each location's history, geography, culture, and more. Through these interrelated investigations, students discover that sunlight drives all living systems and they learn about the dynamic ecosystem that surrounds and connects them. This project reinforces a key concept: Changing sunlight d
Improving Understanding and Collaboration among First Responders
This unique training addresses the institutional culture of five responder groups: law enforcement, EMS, fire, public health, and private security in an attempt at fostering understanding among these groups
Native American Powerpoint Project
For this project students will research a Native American group that played an influential role in Alabama history. The students will then create a powerpoint describing the primary aspects of that group's heritage.
Pap Smear (Spanish)
This patient education program explains the Pap smear and the benefits of this test for detecting and treating cervical cancer in the early stages. This is a MedlinePlus Interactive Health Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine, designed and developed by the Patient Education Institute.
Fair Use: Remix Culture, Mashups, and Copyright
In this lesson, students will focus on defining the concept, purpose, and impact of fair use in U.S. copyright law. Students will refine their understanding of fair use through the lens of the increasingly popular remix culture of music, visual art, and video.
Henry F. Owens, III, comments on the death of Levi Hart
Excerpt from the Say Brother program investigating the events the night Levi Hart, a 14-year-old African American youth from Roxbury, Mass., was killed in a police chase. Hart, and two other Roxbury youths had stolen and car. When the officers caught up to them, Hart was shot, arguably by Richard Bourque, in an act of police brutality. Hart family attorney, Henry F. Owens, III, talks about the treatment minorities receive on the criminal side of the court, and the belief police were not going to
Normalization of relations with Communist China
Following on from President Carter's December 15, 1978 announcement recognizing the People's Republic of China and the establishment of diplomatic relations, Evelyn Wong looks into the divided reaction of Boston's Chinese American community to United States-China normalization. Peter H.F. Wong, President of the New England Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, thinks the normalization of relations is entirely inappropriate.
Introduction to Texas Hurricanes
In this activity students are asked to graph data about some 20th century hurricanes that hit the Texas coastline. The students are then asked to form conclusions and answer questions based on those graphs. This activity is appropriate for an introductory climatology or meteorology class. The site includes downloadable teaching activities.
National Task Force on Undergraduate Physics
The National Task Force on Undergraduate Physics is a project sponsored by the American Association of Physics Teachers. It's purpose is to investigate the revitalization of undergraduate physics departments. This site provides information about the Task Force, as well as a report by the Strategic Programs for Innovations in Undergraduate Physics which used campus site visits to provide specific insight into what makes an undergraduate physics program thrive.
Winter Field Lab: Pond Hydrology
This field activity may be implemented during late winter or early spring when things have not quite thawed. From a frozen pond, students collect bathymetric data, measure water temperature and conductivity, locate ground-water inputs, and extract a sediment core. Back in the lab, they make hand and computer-contoured bathymetric maps, temperature and conductivity cross-sections, and run visual-core log, loss-on-ignition, and magnetic susceptibility tests. Then they draw conclusions about water
Winter Field Lab: Snow Hydrology
This field activity may be implemented during late winter or early spring when things have not quite thawed. Students collect their own data from a snowpack, including measuring water equivalent, identifying types of snow metamorphism, finding evidence of precipitation patterns, and judging possible snowpack hazards. Back in the lab, students evaluate their data, draw conclusions, and make a report. This activity is designed for upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level geohydrology courses.