ENVIRONMENT New research shows a trend of vultures avoiding Portugal in favor of Spain, and human activity is likely to blame. (BBC) How else are vultures adapting their species ranges? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Portugal is a nice place! Why are vultures avoiding it? Read through the short BBC article for some help. … Continue reading Why Vultures Avoid Portugal
POLITICS Last week brought two passionate and dramatic popular votes for independence, in Iraqi Kurdistan and in Catalonia, Spain. Everyone, even those who dismissed both votes as illegal and meaningless, called them national “referendums.” (New York Review of Books) What is a nation? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Text Set. Discussion Ideas The author of the great … Continue reading What Is a Referendum? Who Decides?
WORLD Many travelers believe Spain’s late mealtimes are a reflection of the country’s laid-back attitude, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. (BBC) Map the reason why Spain stays up late. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including today’s MapMaker Interactive layer and fun poll. Discussion Ideas Why does the BBC article claim Spain is in … Continue reading The Real Reason Spaniards Stay Up Late
POLITICS Why have tensions risen over Gibraltar and why is it important? (BBC) Customize your own map of this disputed territory here. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including today’s simple MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas The tiny territory (6.5 kilometers, or 2.5 square miles) of Gibraltar is suddenly dominating world news headlines. Where is Gibraltar? Gibraltar is a British overseas … Continue reading What is the Gibraltar Dispute?
WORLD Captured Spanish conquistadors, women, children, and horses were imprisoned for months, sacrificed, and eaten by contemporaries of the Aztecs, archaeologists report. (Guardian) Learn more about the end of the Aztec Empire here. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Archaeologists recently found evidence that prisoners in a Spanish-led caravan were sacrificed by the Acolhuas, a … Continue reading Were Conquistadors Cannibalized?