Reporting America at War
These learning materials are designed to engage students in hands-on activities that stimulate them, and, most importantly, encourage critical thinking in the classroom. These educational activities in this section will provide high school social studies, media education and language arts teachers, as well as college journalism and communication educators with extensive lesson plans, resource materials, and discussion questions to introduce students to the world of war correspondence. Reporting
Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey
Social studies teachers will find that the film presents an informative, complex and issue-oriented story that raises controversial questions and provides an exciting way to introduce a number of important concepts in 20th century United States and world history. It offers an opportunity to explore the historical background of current events and issues in the news today; the Middle East crisis, the struggle of developing nations to create stable economies and democratic governments, the legacy o
Off the Map - Strangers from other Worlds.
This activity focuses on the kind of worlds some visionary artists envision. Using the Off the Map Web site as a starting point, students are asked to create a new planet or world and include descriptions of the creatures and beings who live there. How do they live? How do they get along? What are their cities like? How are they different from human beings? What do they look like? Students will also evaluate the potential successes and predict the possible failures of their imagined society and
Intimate Strangers: Unseen Life on Earth
This PBS documentary provides an overview of the microbial world and offers an exciting glimpse into the field of microbiology. Meet scientists from around the world investigating the microbial world in diverse locations, from a termite's stomach to a hospital operating room to an African village, and even outer space. These programs - including The Tree of Life, Keepers of the Biosphere, Dangerous Friends and Friendly Enemies, and Creators of the Future - increase the microbial literacy of stud
Dear Me - Remembering the Life Lessons of 9/11 on Its Fifth Anniversary
In this lesson, students will go on a "Memorializing 9/11" gallery walk and then write a letter to themselves that will be sent to them in one year about the lessons they have learned from catastrophic life and world events.
The Millennium Report: Briefing Papers for Students
The United Nations CyberSchoolBus is proud to present, especially for students, the Briefing papers from We the Peoples: the role of the United Nations in the 21st century. Based on the Secretary-General's Millennium Report, each Briefing paper is a dossier of information about a current world issue and the UN's involvement with it. There are nineteen issues, arranged in six sections: an overview, progress that's already been made, a specific focus, the next steps to be made, student activities
The on-line game aims at teaching children how to build safer villages and cities against disasters. Children will learn playing how the location and the construction materials of houses can make a difference when disasters strike and how early warning systems, evacuation plans and education can save lives. Children are the future architects, mayors, doctors, and parents of the world of tomorrow, if they know what to do to reduce the impact of disasters, they will create a safer world. Each scen
From the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the world's largest humanitarian agency, Food Force is a free educational video game telling the story of a hunger crisis on the fictitious island of Sheylan. Comprised of 6 mini-games or "missions", the game takes young players from an initial crisis assessment through to delivery and distribution of food aid, with each sequential mission addressing a particular aspect of this challenging process.
Feeding Minds Fighting Hunger Curriculum
Feeding Minds Fighting Hunger is designed to help equip and encourage teachers, students and young people all over the world to actively participate in creating a world free from hunger. You will find lesson modules for teachers, resources and activities for young people and an interactive forum for exchanging information and experiences around the world. Armed with knowledge and motivated to take action, we can all play an important role in ending hunger. Join us in making hunger history.
In this second episode, we mark the end of a world famous shipyard, find out why a wiki should be sending us wild, hear from 'the nation's favourite agony aunt' and ask...what are you doing on Friday night?
We hear about a major new exhibition of 60's pop icons and ask who is shaping today's pop culture. The Great North Museum's Len Pole tells us about objects from their World Cultures Gallery, and ceramic artist Barnaby Barford tells us about his unique style of work and his take on contemporary society.
The Gallery's American Collection Online
This site features American paintings from the late 1700s-1900s. Included are works by John Copley, Henry Tanner, John Sargent, James Whistler, Gilbert Stuart, and more. Much art of the American colonial period consisted of portraits, as settlers sought to establish their identities in a new world. After the new nation achieved its independence, landscapes and scenes of native flora, fauna, and folk customs began to express its unique qualities and illustrate its untapped resources.
Modern Ledger Art
Looting of Native American artifacts has been a problem almost since Columbus first stepped off the boat in the New World. One Topeka artist argues for repatriation of these objects through her paintings.
Greco-Roman Origin Myths
Mythology is a powerful vehicle for teaching students about symbols and the ways people have sought to explain their relationships to nature and to each other. Teachers can use this lesson to introduce or examine the role of myths in explaining human customs, mysteries about nature, or the reasons why things exist in the world. Students will discuss works of art that illustrate ancient Greco-Roman myths and various symbols used in them. So students do not judge the "truthfulness" of another cult
Foto: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918-1945
During and directly after World War I, four great empires (Germany, Austro-Hungary, Russia, and the Ottomans) crumbled precipitously, to be replaced by more than one dozen fledgling nation-states. The largely agrarian, in some cases semifeudal, societies of central Europe were thrust nearly overnight into crises of civil war, unemployment, or inflation — and beyond these crises into a world propelled by mass media and consumer economies. Becoming modern was attractive but also anxiety-provokin
Long Hard Journey
The massive American surrender in the Philippines during World War II led to a horrifying journey known as the Bataan Death March. These sandals are a reminder of one Kansas soldier's powerful experiences during the war.
Youth Perspectives as Primary Sources
A special issue of Panorama, the online magazine of TakingITGlobal, was dedicated to the Millennium Development Goals and One World Youth Project Ambassadors from seven countries maintain a group blog that details the issues they have identified in their communities and action projects they are undertaking. Using these articles, students can apply previous learning about primary sources to understand the perspectives of youth around the world who are identifying issues and addressing the Goals i
Where Are the MDGs?
By investigating the coverage of the Millennium Development Goals in the media, students learn about both the local and global presence of development issues, as well as gain an introduction to the way the media represents these issues in different parts of the world.
The Numbers Behind Hunger: Calorie Counting
Following are a series of activities in which students apply various math skills to better understand the problems of world hunger and what steps are being taken to reduce the number of people without enough to eat. This activity makes use of basic math skills to learn more about the energy value of food. A link to the US Dept. of Agriculture National Nutrient Database is listed here. Teachers may want to browse through the database first and determine the best way to present it to students: let
Indigenous Myths & Legends
In this activity, your students will explore the creation myths and legends of different Indigenous Peoples. They will get the chance to compare and contrast their similarities and differences with other myths and legends from around the world. Applying their newfound information and imagination, they will write and illustrate a myth as a modern day short story for younger children, selecting one of the groups of Indigenous People. The story must be typed and submitted using a word processing pr