Here’s an advance look at some of the “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events coming up this week. For each date, we’ve matched it with a map or visual, background information, and a classroom activity or lesson plan so you can plan ahead.
Activity:Swan Lake is nicknamed Russia’s “national ballet.” The performance has roots in Russian arts, culture, and history. Can students think of a movie, piece of music, or dance that embodies the United States? Why?
This 1980 upset victory of the U.S. over the Soviet Union in hockey was named the international “story of the century” by the International Ice Hockey Federation, and Sports Illustrated’s “sports moment of the century.”
Activity: The “Miracle on Ice” was promoted as a sort of victory of capitalism over communism. Do you think Olympic or international sports stories are still promoted in that way? Think about coverage of the current PyeongChang games and use our study guides on the Russian and Korean delegations as jumping-off points.