Ralph Covino combined a lesson on map-reading skills with a lesson on the Byzantine and Mongol Empires. By creating backstories for the maps of fantastical lands in Martin O’Leary’s “Uncharted Atlas,” students explored the many reasons behind borders throughout history. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Considering the ‘Why’ Behind Fantasy Maps
WORLD Pakistan plans to fence up most of the 2,500-km (1,500-mile) Durand Line despite Afghanistan’s protests that the barrier would divide families and friends along the border. (Reuters) What is the Durand Line? How is the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan a troubled legacy of colonialism? Use our reference resource to learn more. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our … Continue reading Border Wall Controversy … in Central Asia
UNITED STATES The Department of Homeland Security has unveiled new policies aimed at detaining and deporting more immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally. (NPR and USA Today) Use our study guide to learn more about the newest waves of immigrants to the U.S. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas How have the new Immigration … Continue reading What Are the New Immigration Rules?
Shakenya Humphries, this week’s Educator of the Week, makes language arts compelling by connecting readings and writings to real-world challenges. Shakenya teaches language arts at Washington School for Girls in Washington, D.C. Activity: Water Rights and Responsibilities Grade Level: 6-7 Time Commitment: Around 2 weeks Connecting Reading and Writing to Living Some students who live in inner-city schools struggle with language arts because they are … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Language Arts Goes Green
GEOGRAPHY An online campaign has been launched in Norway to give Halti, a mountain peak, to neighboring Finland. Halti would be a birthday present to mark the centenary of Finland’s independence in 2017. (BBC) Use our resources to find Halti and redraw the border between Norway and Finland—or anywhere else you want. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ … Continue reading Norway May Help Finland Reach New Heights