The Modern Supreme Court
This excellent video is accompanied by text and is suitable for high school students. "The United States' president and Congress each hold a great deal of political power, but their authority is checked by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is responsible for interpreting the Constitution and ensuring that subsequent acts and laws conform to the founders' original intent when they created the Constitution. Serving on the Supreme Court is one of the highest honors a person can attain in this co
The Confirmation Process (Supreme Court Justices)
This excellent video is accompanied by text and is suitable for high school students. "After the president, with the help of his advisors, has selected a suitable candidate for the Supreme Court, the Senate has the opportunity to conduct a confirmation hearing. The nominee is present for this hearing and will be called upon to provide information about his or her background and qualifications. Senatorial confirmation ensures that a president will not be able to pack the court with his friends an
Traditional Roles and Special Powers
While in office, the president is the national head of his political party. Grounded in tradition, this role carries special privileges as well as many responsibilities. The privileges include having a heavy influence on the party's platform, choosing party leaders at the national committee level, and becoming the goodwill ambassador for the party by building relationships with state and local party leaders. (Video is narrated with slides and speeches.)
Civil Rights Legislation
This video is accompanied by text. "Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Jr., on November 22, 1963, Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson mournfully assumed the role of the nation's leader. Johnson, a former senator from Texas, served as the Senate Democratic Leader for most of his congressional career. His political role model was Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Johnson openly followed Roosevelt's push for social welfare reform..." ( Video is well done and professionally
Simple Analysis of Cost Per Job Saved from Stimulus
A simple analysis of cost per job saved from stimulus in this clip. The calculations to determine cost per job saved are shown on the screen as the narrator calculates with a calculator.
BBC Nature: Mega Tsunami - Evidence of Destruction
Scientists uncover evidence of disastrous damage to the coastline at Lituya Bay. Analysis of tree rings from the tree trim line show evidence of an impossibly high wave - a Mega Tsunami.
Cupcake Economics 2
This is Part 2 continuing on the cupcake factory business analysis. This part shows how to fill out the spreadsheet with the investment figures.
Reconstruction a Nation Unit 10
Emancipation was only the beginning of a long road to freedom for those released from slavery. Following the Civil War, an immense economic and political effort was undertaken, focused on reunifying the divided nation. This unit examines the successes and failures of Reconstruction.
(This unit includes a facilitator guide, video, and online text
Taming The American West Unit 13
Western settlers’ assumptions of an endless, bountiful frontier were
tested when they moved to the Great Plains and attempted to cultivate the unfamiliar, arid landscape. This experience led to the rise of populist politics, which championed farmers’ and industrial workers’
critique of political and economic powers.
The Progressives Unit 15
Overburdened cities led Progressives to agitate for reforms on
political, economic, and social fronts. While most Americans agreed that government intervention was needed to address large-scale problems such as child labor or food contamination, there was little agreement on proper solutions.
Egalitarian America Unit 20
Brown v. The Board of Education was one of the significant results of
Americans demanding political, social, and economic equality. This call for parity in all walks of life was symptomatic of a growing social and political liberalism, which was fueled by the growing presence of mass media.
The Middle East Conflict
Justin Zimmerman is a sixth-grade teacher at Magnolia School in Joppa, Maryland, about 30 miles north of Baltimore. Mr. Zimmerman explores the claims to land in the Middle East from three major religions — Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. After learning about the geography of the area, the students begin to explore the region’s political unrest and discuss the controversy over control of the land of Israel. Through this lesson, the students begin to make connections that relate their own li
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
Wendell Brooks is a teacher at the diverse Berkeley High School in
Berkeley, California. Mr. Brooks' ninth–grade history class focuses on a variety of political ideologies present during the period of World War
I. His class includes lively discussion on capitalism, communism,
totalitarianism, and Nazism, as portrayed by leaders such as Hitler and Mussolini. In his lesson, Mr. Brooks incorporates a Socratic discussion into his lesson, as well as group activities and present
Language and Speech: Broca's and Wernicke's Areas
The left hemisphere is dominant in this module on language and the brain. Relationships between specific brain areas and verbal processing are shown through the historic example of Dr. Paul Broca’s brain-injury patient. The patient’s preserved brain is subjected to CAT scan analysis, which shows correspondence between the damaged area and the patient’s documented d
Workshop 6: Force Against Force
Magnets stick to other magnets and to metal objects made of iron or steel. How much force is required to break the attraction between two magnets? In this workshop, fourth-grade students explore ways to balance the force of magnetism against the force of gravity. A magnet placed in a cup on one side of a pan-balance is stuck to a stationary magnet beneath the cup. When e
Vietnam War 1
After WWII, USSR bewared of arms warfare against USA because their political viewpoints were dissimilar. America was not successful in educating the Vietnamese’ about Freedom. The lifestyles of two countries were too different - typical character of American culture is liberty, freedom, democracy; typical character of Vietnamese culture is ceremony, ritual, and conservative. It was a civil war in Vietnam; they were just a combatant of the
Vietnam War 2
(Caution: Some scenes
may be disturbing.)After WWII, USSR bewared of arms warfare against USA because their political viewpoints were dissimilar. America was not successful in educating the Vietnamese’ about Freedom. The lifestyles of two countries were too different - typical character of American culture is liberty, freedom, democracy; typical character of Vietnamese culture is ceremony, ritual, and conservative. It was a civil w
Caesar part 1 of 5
Caesar, Part 1. This is the story of Gaius Julius Caesar. Much of Caesar's life is known from his own Commentaries on his military campaigns, and other contemporary sources such as the letters and speeches of his political rival Cicero, the historical writings of Sallust, and the poetry of Catullus.
Gaius Julius Caesar(13 July 100 BC 15 March 44 BC), was a Roman military and political leader. He played a critical role in the
transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empi
The Election in Numbers - Roger Mortimer, MORI
Dr Roger Mortimore is Director of Political Analysis at Ipsos MORI. He was co-editor of the last two Political Communications studies of British general elections, and co-author of a number of other books on British elections. Here he discusses statistics and polls undertaken throughout this years general election, including how the exit poll managed to predict the result so accurately. To see the slides from this presentation visit http://cutoday.wordpress.com/2010/05/14/election-results-just-