Teaching about Tragedies

Ten years ago on an ordinary Tuesday, terrorism struck the United States. Two planes full of passengers flew into the WorldTradeCenter in New York City and a third crashed in Pennsylvania. What were you doing on that day? Perhaps, like me, you were teaching. The tenth anniversary of the events of 9/11 brings up an […]

Remembering 9/11

This month, the nation comes together as we remember the events, the heroes, and the ones we lost on September 11, 2001. The morning of September 11, 2001 is a frozen frame of time that has been seared into the memories of the people of the United States of America and the world all over. […]

Exploration and Economics: Colonizing the United States

The colonization of the United State was an exciting and perilous adventure, even after colonists arrived in North America. Students join the adventure as they explore the hardships and rewards of economic life in the 13 colonies. With many different motivations and dreams, Europeans came to colonize North America. How would they form a new […]

Libya and Col. Muammar Abu Minyar al-Qadhafi

Students will explore the reign of Col. Muammar Abu Minyar al-Qadhafi of Libya and the conflict that has riveted worldwide attention. As students delve into the history leading up to the conflict, they will tap the rich resources of the World Wide Web for a multimedia experience as they compare and contrast current news articles, […]

Five Themes of Geography

Quick, can you name the five themes of geography? They are location, place, region, human interaction with the environment, and movement. Review these five important themes and their implications in terms of the global world we interact within today. In 1984, the National Council for Geographic Education established the five themes of geography to help […]

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

In the midst of the darkness that was Apartheid, one man set aside personal danger to become a voice of change and peace … Though not specifically listed in any national or state standards, all students should learn about one of modern history’s most ardent peace crusader who effected vast change both in his country […]

Harrison Bergeron and the pros and cons of equality

A good debate entertains, provokes, and challenges. A controversial dystopia does the same. Put them together and you have one engaging lesson. In Kurt Vonnegut’s classic dystopia, Harrison Bergeron, the government achieves equality (and avoids inferiority) by hampering or disabling individual talents. For example, intelligence is hampered with headphones that transmit distracting noises, strength is […]

The Greco-Persian Wars

On one side sits a world power and on the other side sits a collection of city-states. Who will win? In the fifth century BC, the Persian Empire was the dominant force in Mesopotamia and one of the largest in terms of geographic size in world history. By the late 400s BC, the Persian Empire […]

Revisiting the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 20 is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This year, invite students to open their minds by first opening their ears. Explore Dr. King’s continued significance through music. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Christopher Columbus are the only historical figures who never served as President for which the Federal government commemorates with a day […]

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