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Links to curriculum, lesson plans, primary sources, and other teaching tools aligned to the World History Curriculum
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  • Darfur and the Janjaweed
    Students have probably heard about the crisis in Sudan on the news, and this lesson offers them both background and current information (as of August 2004) about the situation in Darfur. It can also serve as reference material for students studying other humanitarian and environmental disasters. The lesson covers the current conflict between the people of Darfur and the Janjaweed militia, its historical and religious roots, its impact on neighboring countries, and the international response.
  • Globalization
    Students will consider the effects of globalization on modern culture in "developed" countries and on indigenous cultures. They will use the Internet to get information on this topic, and list the ways in which globalization has affected various cultures. Students will conclude by writing paragraphs assessing whether globalization is positive, negative, or a combination of positive and negative.
  • How Big is Big?
    This whole-class exercise helps students understand populations density and spacial relations in understandable, comparable terms. Students, with some classroom tools, will learn about Japanese population density; Chinese population growth; and hypothesize about Mexican immigration statistics.
  • International Trade in a Global Village
    As patterns and networks of economic interdependence change (e.g., increased trade networks), conditions are favorable for the spread of diseases such as AIDS. Students will research the spread of AIDS and report on how this problem has been affected by changes in global transportation and trade.
  • One Million Bones
    Encouraging students in the United States to engage with genocide as a pressing global issue is crucial to the success of One Million Bones. We are asking teachers and students to bring this initiative into their classrooms and to become participants in this important event. One Million Bones allows teachers to create curricula that encourages analysis and synthesis as well as the creative consideration of global issues.
  • PlayPumps - Water Management Video
    Watch kids spin on a merry-go-round called Play Pump, an invention that provides clean water to African villages without plumbing.
  • Through the Eyes of a Refugee
    This lesson asks students to analyze the "Afghanistan: Land in Crisis" map (available in print and online) to determine how the physical geography of this region affects the lifestyles of the individuals who live there. Students will be asked to consider how, particularly in a time of conflict, topography influences the locations of refugee camps and the paths refugees might take to leave the area.

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