This Week in Geographic History, January 9 – 15

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 so you can plan ahead. Tuesday, January 10 TDIGH: London Underground Opens The London Underground opened in 1863, making it the oldest underground railway in the world. Map: London … Continue reading This Week in Geographic History, January 9 – 15

Educator of the Week Showcases Black History Project

Angela Crawford is a two-time National Board Certified English teacher in Mobile, Alabama and a 2014 Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow. Check out Angela’s blog to hear more about her trip to Iceland and creative teaching methods. Activity: Black History Month Project-Based Unit Grade Level: 11 – 12 Time Commitment: 4 weeks During Black History Month, my Advanced Placement students embark on … Continue reading Educator of the Week Showcases Black History Project

Weekly Warm-Up: The Street Fight for Martin Luther King, Jr.

Do your students know the names of the streets they take to get to school? Chances are, they may know some of the road names on their routes, but they may not know the history behind their names. This week, ask your students to take a closer look at the street signs they pass every day. Do they know the significance behind the names? The … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: The Street Fight for Martin Luther King, Jr.

March on Washington

UNITED STATES 50 years ago this week, civil rights leaders engaged in what Martin Luther King, Jr., called “the greatest demonstration of freedom in the history of our nation.” (Washington Post) You’ve certainly heard the speech King delivered that day—”I Have a Dream.” But did you know that King was not the march’s organizer? That no one did a lot of marching? That not all … Continue reading March on Washington