13th September 2017

MAPS, MAPS, MAPS!

What story do maps and globes tell?
How do maps and globes reflect culture, history, politics, and economics?
How does where you live influence how you live?
Can maps lie or distort the information
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GEOGUESSR!!

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3rd September 2017

First Day of School Traditions

Do you and your family have a tradition for the first day of school? A tradition would be something that is repeated every year at the beginning of the school year like having a special breakfast or getting your picture taken in front of your classroom. I write a note to each of my children and put it in their lunch box for the first day of school. It’s become a tradition.

Did you know students in Germany are given paper cones filled with gifts, sweets and school supplies for the first day of school? The paper school cone is called “Schultute” and the tradition dates back to the early 19th century.

You can read more about it here:Why Germans Give Their Kids Cones on the First Day of School

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12th May 2017

AFRICA

The True Size of Africa
Everyday Africa
Beauty of Africa
Africa is not a Country – Breaking Stereotypes
Africa.com – latest news
Geography Games (capitals, countries & landscapes of Africa)
African Masks
African Masks – National Geographic Photo Gallery
African storytelling
PBS Africa – Explore the Regions
African Cultural Center
CIA World Factbook
Everyculture.com
National Geographic – Africa
Jane Goodall Institute
Save the Elephants
One Million Bones Project

News Articles:
Brand Maasai: Why nomads might trademark their name
Vietnam’s Appetite For Rhino Horn Drives Poaching In Africa
Ghanians ban “spirit child” killing
Nelson Mandela’s life and times
Letter from Africa: Rites of the dead
Faking your fufu?
Qat, Khat, Chat… A Flowering Business
Lady Mechanic Initiative Trains Women for the “Best” Job (Nigeria)
DR Congo toughest place for mothers
How Can Africa Move Away From Aid Dependence?
What if Africa were to become the hub for global science?
The Khoisan Once Were Kings Of The Planet. What Happened?
Former Child Brides Just Got Zimbabwe To Ban Child Marriage
opinion piece: In Zimbabwe, We Don’t Cry For Lions

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4th April 2017

HAPPY POETRY MONTH!!

NATIONAL POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY 2017 — THURSDAY, APRIL 27th


“Yet, it is true, poetry is delicious; the best prose is that which is most full of poetry.” – Virginia Woolf

Literary Devices
Information about Poem In Your Pocket Day
A Poem A Day: Poetry 180
Poetry Out Loud
Why Poetry Matters
New York City in 17 Syllables
Why Afghan Women Risk Death To Write Poetry
In A North Vietnam Prison, Sharing Poems with ‘Taps On The Wall’
A Poem Store Open For Business
Verse, and more, on sale at the Poem Store
Deaf Jam

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28th February 2017

COUNTRY REPORT LINKS

THE WORLD FACTBOOK
COUNTRIES AND THEIR CULTURES
COUNTRYREPORTS (username: mora@4j.lane.edu password: finalproject)
World Atlas

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13th November 2016

CONTINENTS – Physical and Human Features

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All About World Geography (Be sure to check out Fascinating Facts: Geography/Ecology and History/Culture)
Strange Animals of the World

AFRICA
world atlas
This is the True Size of Africa
Explore the Regions
National Geographic
Encyclopedia Britannica

ASIA
world atlas
National Geographic
Lonely Planet: Asia
Encyclopedia Britannica

AUSTRALIA
world atlas
National Geographic
Official Australian Tourism Site
Encyclopedia Britannica

EUROPE
world atlas
National Geographic
VisitEurope
Encyclopedia Britannica

NORTH AMERICA
world atlas
National Geographic
Wikitravel
Encyclopedia Britannica

SOUTH AMERICA
world atlas
National Geographic
South America travel guide
Encyclopedia Britannica

(ANTARCTICA)
world atlas

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13th September 2016

PHYSICAL AND CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY

LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION!

World Geography Games Review countries, flags, different physical features likes rivers and mountains, and more
Geography Games
World Map Match Game (challenging)
Latitude and Longitude Map Match Game
World Landmark Puzzles
GeoGuessr Sharpen your detective skills!
ThoughtCo. Geography

CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY & LANGUAGE
Portraits of People Around The World by Steve McCurry
Who’s the first person in History Whose Name We Know?
22 maps and charts that will surprise you
40 maps that will help you make sense of the world (a few repeats)
Where Our Food Crops Come From
What’s across the ocean from you when you’re at the beach – 7 maps
40 maps that will explain the world (different)
How Do Kissing, Snoring and Other Things Sound in Different Languages?
Your Life on Earth
Cultural Jambalaya
HUMAN INTERACTION WITH ENVIRONMENT –
­čÖü Humans Are Close To Killing Off Two-Thirds Of All Wildlife In Just 50 Years

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13th September 2016

CULTURAL EXPLORATIONS

How is the dominant culture you’re living in defining, interpreting and directing your life and determining your world view?
“You _____ like a girl.”
Different Standards For Beauty
Seven Brazilian women on cosmetic surgery – and what beauty means to them
Kids react to a commercial with a biracial child
7 Things About Native Americans You’ll Never Learn From the Mainstream Media
How Different Cultures Handle Personal Space
Global Parenting Habits That Haven’t Caught On In The U.S.
How cultures around the world think about parenting
20 Things About America That Most Americans Don’t Know
What Other Countries Really Think about Americans and How to Spot an American
How Cultures Around The World Make Decisions
What Americans Can Learn From Other Food Cultures
Why Pygmies Aren’t Scared By The ‘Psycho’ Theme
Proper Pronunciation of Well-Known Places Around The World
39 Images of Women Working Around the World
Emoji Use Around The World
How stories are told around the world

How does geography shape culture?
The Island Where People Forget to Die
A Life of Constant Thirst
Extreme World: Hot and Cold
In The World of Cultural Gestures, The Fist Bump Stands Alone
20 Photos Of Kids’ Journeys’ To School From Around The World
10 Portraits Of The World’s Most Remote Tribes
We Are What We Eat
What Kids Around the World Eat
The High Altitude Diet of Afghanistan’s Nomads
East Meets West Infographics by Yang Liu
Recipes from village in South India with Wilbur
The Khoisan Once Were Kings of the Planet: What Happened?
What Recess Looks Like Around The World
Photos of International Borders Around the World
RELIGIONS – BBC NEWS
This is What A Cup Of Tea Looks Like in 22 different countries

How is culture shared and should it be?
Brand Maasai: Why nomads might trademark their name
Amazon Chief’s Son Moves to New York
The Rise of the Maori Tribal Tattoo
Mon Dieu! Fast Food Now Rules In France
Coffee and qahwa: How a drink for Arab mystics went global
China Denounces Pet Dogs As Filthy Imports From The West
Our Christian Earth: The astounding reach of the world’s largest religion, in charts and maps
A Map Of Where Your Food Comes From

How does SES (socio-economic status) affect cultural offerings and a person’s life experiences and opportunities?
Landfill Harmonic – video
Where Children Sleep
The Places We Live
Photos of what people eat in a day
Photos of children from around the world with their favorite toys
Cocoa farmers trying chocolate for the first time

How is a cultural shift different from a trend or a fad? What’s going on here?
Friends will be there for you at Beijing’s Central Perk

Speaking of changes in culture —
high heels were once a symbol of masculinity and men were the first to wear them! Don’t believe me? Check it out:
Why did men stop wearing high heels?
And in the early 1900’s you could get arrested for dancing the Turkey Trot because it was considered scandalous! Read more: Dirty Dancing In The Early 1900’s (Can you imagine how they would’ve reacted to twerking?)

How do cultural values change over time?
Why Drinking Tea Was Once Considered A Dangerous Habit
16 Oldest Examples of Everyday Things
Examples of how culture is DYNAMIC

How do cultural traditions and values stay strong through the generations? How should we respond to culture clashes?
Pakistan Acid Attack Parents ‘Feared Dishonour’
Afghan girl sold to be a child bride

Once a cultural hub, Timbuktu (yes, it’s a real city!) is not the hotspot it once was.
From Here To Timbuktu: Myth And Reality At The World’s Edge

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3rd June 2015

Africa

The True Size of Africa
Everyday Africa
Beauty of Africa
Africa is not a Country – Breaking Stereotypes
Africa.com – latest news
Geography Games (capitals, countries & landscapes of Africa)
African Masks
African Masks – National Geographic Photo Gallery
African storytelling
PBS Africa – Explore the Regions
African Cultural Center
CIA World Factbook
Everyculture.com
National Geographic – Africa
Jane Goodall Institute
Save the Elephants
One Million Bones Project

News Articles:
Brand Maasai: Why nomads might trademark their name
Vietnam’s Appetite For Rhino Horn Drives Poaching In Africa
Ghanians ban “spirit child” killing
Nelson Mandela’s life and times
Letter from Africa: Rites of the dead
Faking your fufu?
Qat, Khat, Chat… A Flowering Business
Lady Mechanic Initiative Trains Women for the “Best” Job (Nigeria)
DR Congo toughest place for mothers
How Can Africa Move Away From Aid Dependence?
What if Africa were to become the hub for global science?
The Khoisan Once Were Kings Of The Planet. What Happened?
Former Child Brides Just Got Zimbabwe To Ban Child Marriage
opinion piece: In Zimbabwe, We Don’t Cry For Lions

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26th May 2015

Chairman Mao

ÔÇťLearn from the masses and then teach them.ÔÇŁ – Chairman Mao

DRIVING QUESTIONS: What is the difference between reform and revolution?
When, if ever, should a government use culture to reinforce ideology or reforms?
What is lost materially and psychologically when a government destroys parts of a countryÔÇÖs cultural heritage?

Great Leap Forward
The Legacy of Mao
What were the main causes of the Cultural Revolution? What role did Mao Zedong play in beginning the Revolution? Was he “responsible” for it?

Propaganda Posters
What do propaganda posters reveal about Chinese society during the Cultural Revolution? How are people dressed? What kind of facial expressions do they have? What message do you think these posters are meant to send? What purpose do you think propaganda posters served during the Cultural Revolution? Why do you think propaganda posters were an effective tool of communication in China during the Cultural Revolution?

Li Zhensheng’s collection of photographs during the Cultural Revolution
The Little Red Book – “To read too many books is harmful” – Mao

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