POLITICS Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia had its own version of the “Confederate monument problem.” The solution: a sculpture park in Moscow. (Los Angeles Times) What was the Confederacy? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, and be sure to vote in today’s poll. Discussion Ideas The Los Angeles Times article says Russia “had its own … Continue reading How Russia Handled Its Own Monument Problem
WORLD The Great Zimbabwe has long been one of Africa’s fiercest archaeological battlegrounds. How have current and former leaders used the monument as a symbol of power? (New York Times) Where is Great Zimbabwe? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including today’s simple locator map. Discussion Ideas The great article from the New York Times discusses how political leaders have used … Continue reading How to Use a Monument to Build a Legacy
What did you learn this week? We learned … … you can print your own portable universe—for free! How do cartographers usually depict the universe? … how to navigate the languages of New York. Editor’s pick of the week! What other areas of the world rank highly in the language diversity index? … why earworm songs are earworm songs. What songs are your … Continue reading 10 Things We Learned This Week!
Your students know intuitively that places can carry meanings. Whether they’ve visited the Grand Canyon, the Eiffel Tower, or the place their parents met, they’ve undoubtedly felt the significance of standing in a particular spot. What are some places that carry meaning? Why? Challenge your students to consider places that are important to them as individuals, as members of their community, and as citizens of … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: What is World Heritage?
WORLD A new list of 50 sites includes an ancient underwater city in Greece, historic churches in Cuba, and a 20th-century fish market in Tokyo. (Nat Geo News) Start Mapping World Heritage with our activity. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas Read through our activity, Mapping World Heritage. The activity focuses on UNESCO World … Continue reading World Monuments at Risk of Disappearing