Defining Girl Power: Finding Self in the Media Maelstrom
This lesson will compare different ways women in the media (from models to athletes) present their image and offer girls the opportunity to define their own standards for confidence and beauty.
Coastal Clash: Analyzing Political Cartoons
"Coastal Clash" is a one-hour documentary focusing on the urbanization of California's coastline. The activities and lesson plans for the film "Coastal Clash" target students at the high school level and align with the California State Standards for Government. In this lesson plan students will evaluate the different elements of a media platform and how these elements affect the media message and will also create their own media productions.
Congress, Law, and Politics
This site presents papers of members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, and key federal law cases. Learn about the Revolution and the creation of the U.S. by investigating the papers of our earliest lawmakers -- Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, and others. See Calhoun's speech against the Compromise of 1850 and Webster's notes for his speech in favor of it, General MacArthur's Old Soldiers Never Die address to Congress (April 1951), and more.
German Economy - 1871 to Weimer
Was the German Economy modernised in 1871? What developments took place during Kaiser Reich? What problems did Germany face following World War One?
Memory, Inequality and Power: Palestine and the Universality of Human Rights
Said, author of the groundbreaking work "Orientalism" and a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, was one of the most prominent literary and cultural critics in the United States. His writings about the Middle East and its relationship to the West have had a major influence on both scholarship and public opinion. This event took place on February 19, 2003 in Zellerbach Auditorium.
Hispanics, Immigration and Politics
Nationwide, 60 percent of Hispanics supported Democratic candidates in the 2006 election, an increase of more than 10 percent from 2004. Did the Republican strategy of focusing on illegal immigration result in a loss of Hispanic support? Or were there other reasons that explain the gains made by Democrats among Hispanics? Can Democrats count on the Hispanic vote in the upcoming elections? Maria Echaveste is Lecturer in Residence at Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law and the cofounder of the Nu
Migration From Latin America
Mavis Weir teaches 10th–grade history at Casa Grande High School in
Petaluma, California. In this lesson, students explore the various
reasons people emigrate from their homeland. The class is broken up into six separate groups, each representing a different Latin American
country with its own set of resources. Using both primary and secondary sources, students examine the economic, political, and environmental circumstances that cause people to emigrate. Each group presen
A Growing Global Power Unit 16
Fueled by patriotism, capitalism, and religion, the U.S. extended its
reach beyond national borders. New partnerships between government and big business drove an evolving diplomacy that would set the tone for American foreign policy in the twentieth century.
Air Power: Making a Hovercraft
In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, cast members make their own hovercraft and demonstrate how the air leaking out of a balloon can make a plastic plate hover above a table.
Air Power: Experimenting with Balloons
Without highly controlled jet propulsion, rockets and other aircraft would zip through the air as unpredictably as so many untied party balloons. In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, two cast members find out how slowing the amount of air expelled from a balloon and changing the direction of that air can affect the balloon's behavior. Grades 3-8
Tower O' Power
In this activity, students learn about creating a design directly from a CAD (computer-aided design) program. They will design a tower in CAD and manufacture the parts with a laser cutter. A competition determines the tower design with the best strength:weight ratio. Students also investigate basic structural truss concepts and stress concentrations. Partnership with a local college or manufacturing center is necessary for the completion of this project.
Power to the People
Students read and evaluate descriptions of how people live "off the grid" using solar power and come to understand better the degree to which that lifestyle is or is not truly independent of technological, economic and cultural infrastructure and resources. In the process, students develop a deeper appreciation of the meaning of "community" and the need for human connection. This activity is geared towards fifth-grade and older students and Internet research capabilities are required. Portions o
Students use potatoes to light an LED clock (or light bulb) as they learn how a battery works in a simple circuit and how chemical energy changes to electrical energy. As they learn more about electrical energy, they better understand the concepts of voltage, current and resistance.
Students learn how a bill becomes law in the U.S. Congress and research legislation related to global warming.
Fiction and British Politics - 1 of 7 - Writing the MPs' expenses scandal
In this interview taken at the Fiction and British Politics Conference in London, screenwriter Tony Saint talks about an upcoming BBC drama based on the MPs expenses scandal.
Fiction and British Politics - 2 of 7 - a very British coup indeed
In this interview taken at the Fiction and British Politics Conference in London, MP and author Chris Mullin talks about his own political fiction and explains why the line between political reality and fiction is much thinner than you'd think.
Fiction and British Politics - 3 of 7 - Toryboyz to Little Madam, politics on the stage
In this interview taken at the Fiction and British Politics Conference in London, playwright James Graham (Toryboyz, Little Madam) talks about his approach to political fiction and what inspires him.
Fiction and British Politics - 4 of 7 - on being a true B'Stard
In this interview taken at the Fiction and British Politics Conference in London, writer Laurence Marks discusses his political screenwriting with Maurice Gran, and in particular, The New Statesman character Alan B'Stard.
Fiction and British Politics - 5 of 7 - truth is stranger than fiction
In this interview taken at the Fiction and British Politics Conference in London, academic and director of the Centre for British Politics, Professor Steven Fielding, talks about the fascination with politics by writers and filmmakers.
Fiction and British Politics - 6 of 7 - West Wing to the rescue?
In this interview taken at the Fiction and British Politics Conference in London, Research Fellow - Matthew Bailey - answers a question posed by Hazel Blears: Could a West Wing-styled drama improve the standing of British politicians?