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Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video (with support Materials)
News Quiz is KET's weekly 15-minute current events program for students. The program consists of news segments, a current events quiz, opinion letters, and an Extra Credit report.
Georgia Standards: ALL SS7   
 
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Series of Videos
Analyzes the following five types of government that exist in some variety in the world: monarchy, constitutional government, democracy, dictatorship, and Communism. The program discusses both the theoretical and actual philosophies behind each form of government, and provides various examples of each in action. The program also discusses how the types of government overlap with one another, and contains a three-question video quiz for each segment.
Skill: Compare and contrast different forms of citizen participation in government. 
Georgia Standard: SS7CG1   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Explains the different forms of government and why a government exists. Different forms of government include a dictatorship, authoritarianism, totalitarianism, a presidential democracy, and a parliamentary system.
Skill: Compare and contrast different forms of citizen participation in government. 
Georgia Standard: SS7CG1   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Illustrates the differences between parliamentary and presidential governments. The segment also explains how country leaders are selected in parliamentary and presidential formats.
Skills: Compare and contrast different forms of citizen participation in government. 
Compare and contrast various forms of government. 
Georgia Standards: SS7CG1, SS7CG3, SS7CG4
 
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Provides an overview of different types of governments across the world and compares democratic and authoritarian states. The program also addresses the daily life of citizens in totalitarian states.
Skill: Compare and contrast different forms of citizen participation in government. 
Georgia Standard: SS7CG1   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Activity with supporting documents
Definitions and conceptions of democracy are many. In this introductory lesson, students attempt to define for themselves what democracy is and what it means. Students are also exposed to how people around the world view democracy and what democracy looks like in other countries. The other activities will further expand this study of democracy.
Skill: Compare and contrast different forms of citizen participation in government. 
Georgia Standard: SS7CG1   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Activity with supporting documents
Democracy exists in different forms in many countries around the world. Some countries are in the process of transitioning to or developing democracy; in other countries, democracy is more established. Still others may have a different system, yet still be influenced by democracy because it has been strongly promoted around the world by the United States and other Western countries. In this lesson, students examine what democracy looks like and how it plays out in countries with different political, ideological and cultural histories and backgrounds.
Skill: Compare and contrast different forms of citizen participation in government. 
Georgia Standard: SS7CG1   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Note: This video is from 1993
This program looks at today's Kenya, a country of beauty and mystery, that is home to 40 different cultural groups and tribes, wildly varying climates and topographies and some of the world's most beautiful and exotic animals. Its modern cities are bustling, while in traditional villages things haven't changed much for hundreds of years.
Skills: Compare and contrast different forms of citizen participation in government.
Locate selected features of Africa.
Analyze the diverse cultural characteristics of the people who live in Africa.
Analyze continuity and change in Africa.
Analyze how government instability in Africa impacts standard of living.
Analyze different economic systems.
Describe factors that influence economic growth and examine their presence or absence in Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya.
Explain the impact of location, climate, and physical characteristics on population distribution in Africa.
Georgia Standards: SS7CG1, SS7G1, SS7G4, SS7CG2, SS7E1, SS7E3, SS7H1, SS7G3   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Presents the geography, history, cultures, and people of the nations of East Africa. The program explores the East African Rift, the Maasai people, and the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem.
Skills: Analyze how government instability in Africa impacts standard of living.
Describe factors that influence economic growth and examine their presence or absence in Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya.
Explain environmental issues across the continent of Africa.
Explain the impact of location, climate, and physical characteristics on population distribution in Africa.
Analyze the diverse cultural characteristics of the people who live in Africa.
Georgia Standards: SS7CG2, SS7E3, SS7G2, SS7G3, SS7G4  
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Explores the nations of Western and Central Africa. The program focuses on the major geographical features of the region, natural resources, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Atlantic slave trade.
Skills: Analyze how government instability in Africa impacts standard of living.
Describe factors that influence economic growth and examine their presence or absence in Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya.
Explain environmental issues across the continent of Africa.
Explain the impact of location, climate, and physical characteristics on population distribution in Africa.
Analyze the diverse cultural characteristics of the people who live in Africa.
Georgia Standards: SS7CG2, SS7E3, SS7G2, SS7G3, SS7G4   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Reports on the Last Mile Connectivity Project in Kenya and its methods of providing electricity to 70% of Kenyan homes, and reveals that about 600,000,000 people in Africa do not have access to electricity. The program focuses on the benefits and gains by the Last Mile Connectivity Project, and admits that there are still many people who cannot afford the electricity, despite technically having access to it. The program also profiles and introduces many people who are impacted by the growth of the electricity infrastructure in Kenya.
Skills: Analyze how government instability in Africa impacts standard of living.
Analyze different economic systems.
Describe factors that influence economic growth and examine their presence or absence in Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya.
Analyze continuity and change in Africa.
Georgia Standards: SS7CG2, SS7E1, SS7E3, SS7H1
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
States that a monarchy generally includes inheritance and the rule of a queen, king, emperor, or empress, and teaches that monarchies have existed for at least 5,000 years. The program differentiates between absolute monarchies and constitutional monarchies, and provides various examples of monarchies that exist in the 21st century.
Skill: Compare and contrast various forms of government. 
Georgia Standard: SS7CG3   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video with Teacher's Guide
Africa’s productive farms, mines, and waterways demonstrate the continent’s wealth of resources. In this episode, students see numerous ways that people use natural resources for economic benefit.
Skills: Analyze different economic systems.
Describe factors that influence economic growth and examine their presence or absence in Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya.
Explain environmental issues across the continent of Africa.
Georgia Standards: SS7E1, SS7E3, SS7G2
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Discusses the concepts of bartering, free market economies, and command economies.
Skill: Analyze different economic systems.
Georgia Standard: SS7E1   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Economic systems have driven nations to both prosperity and collapse. This video follows these systems, and outlines why each flourished or failed.
Skills: Analyze different economic systems.
Georgia Standards: SS7E1, SS7E4, SS7E7
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
This production clarifies global economic terms by relating them to a neighborhood theatre group. Factors of production, interdependence, international trade, and market vs. command economies are clearly explained.
Skill: Analyze different economic systems.
Georgia Standards: SS7E1, SS7E4, SS7E7
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Delves into economic development, emphasizing the relationship between geography and economy. Natural resources in a given area strongly influence the economy, and specific places often become linked to a specific good or service because of agglomerations. Ultimately, it is important that each nation finds a specialized approach to economic development that works for them.
Skills: Analyze different economic systems.
Explain how voluntary trade benefits buyers and sellers in Africa.
Describe factors that influence economic growth and examine their presence or absence in Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya.
Explain how voluntary trade benefits buyers and sellers in Southern and Eastern Asia. 
Describe factors that influence economic growth and examine their presence or absence in China, India, Japan, South Korea and North Korea.
Georgia Standards: SS7E1, SS7E2, SS7E3, SS7E7, SS7E8, SS7E9  
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
The three types of economic production in most cultures are service, agriculture, and industry & manufacturing.
Skill: Analyze different economic systems.
Georgia Standards: SS7E1, SS7E4, SS7E7
 
 
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Resource Type: Infographic
Defines free trade, tariffs, subsidies, and embargoes, and explains some of the positive and negative aspects of free trade. The infographic also asks students opinion questions about free trade.
Skills: Explain how voluntary trade benefits buyers and sellers in Africa.
Explain how voluntary trade benefits buyers and sellers in Southwest Asia (Middle East).
Explain how voluntary trade benefits buyers and sellers in Southern and Eastern Asia.
Georgia Standards: SS7E2, SS7E5, SS7E8
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Lesson with supporting documents
Students will read a short description of labor specialization and its role in the larger economy, then they will read two scenarios and analyze the impact of specialization on the job market for each.
Skills: Explain how voluntary trade benefits buyers and sellers in Africa. 
Explain how voluntary trade benefits buyers and sellers in Southwest Asia (Middle East). 
Explain how voluntary trade benefits buyers and sellers in Southern and Eastern Asia. 
Georgia Standards: SS7E2, SS7E5, SS7E8
 
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Infographic
Identifies the free-trade agreements between the United States and 20 countries, such as the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The infographic also provides insight into The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and The World Trade Organization (TWO).
Skill: Explain how voluntary trade benefits buyers and sellers in Africa. 
Georgia Standard: SS7E2   
 
 
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Resource Type: Series of Videos
We use natural resources every day. This program introduces students to the importance of natural resources in our lives. Renewable and nonrenewable resources are differentiated with examples illustrating each. The positive and negative aspects of each category are stressed. Recycling, reuse, and resource alternatives are discussed. Other terminology includes: energy resources, solar energy, fossil fuels, mineral resources, recycle, reuse, scarce resources, and resource sustainability.
Skills: Describe factors that influence economic growth and examine their presence or absence in Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya.
Describe factors that influence economic growth and examine their presence or absence in Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.
Describe factors that influence economic growth and examine their presence or absence in China, India, Japan, South Korea and North Korea.
Georgia Standards: SS7E3, SS7E6, SS7E9
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Explains the wealth of natural resources on planet Earth, and identifies the difference between renewable and nonrenewable resources. The program also communicates the danger of abusing natural resources.
Skills: Describe factors that influence economic growth and examine their presence or absence in Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya.
Describe factors that influence economic growth and examine their presence or absence in Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.
Georgia Standards: SS7E3, SS7E6  
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Discusses the concepts of bartering, free market economies, and command economies.
Skill: Analyze different economic systems.
Georgia Standards: SS7E4, SS7E7  
 
 
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Resource Type: Student Board
Information about the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries
Skill: Explain how voluntary trade benefits buyers and sellers in Southwest Asia (Middle East).
Georgia Standard: SS7E5   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Pressured by Saudi Arabia, OPEC pledges price unity amid an oil surplus.
Skill: Explain how voluntary trade benefits buyers and sellers in Southwest Asia (Middle East).
Georgia Standard: SS7E5   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Profiles the dominant economic powerhouses in east Asia: Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taipei. The program considers how Hong Kong's liberal economic policies blend with China's communist ideology and visits Taiwanese factories where computers and televisions are made.
Skill: Describe factors that influence economic growth and examine their presence or absence in China, India, Japan, South Korea and North Korea
Georgia Standard: SS7E9   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Conveys the reasons why people take out loans and communicates how to navigate the loan repayment process.
Skill: Understand that a basic principle of effective personal money management is to live within one’s income.
Georgia Standard: SS7E10   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video with Teacher Materials
This program uses young actors and straight talk concerning wise use of credit cards. Emphasis is placed on avoiding common errors and credit card abuses, as well as suggestions on how to deal with any bad credit issues that have already occurred. After viewing this program and working with its supplemental activities, you should be better prepared to handle the flood of credit perils that will confront you as a young adult.
Skill: Understand that a basic principle of effective personal money management is to live within one’s income.
Georgia Standard: SS7E10   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Investigates the system of goods and services and presents such economic sectors as households, firms, finance, government, and foreign.
Skill: Understand that a basic principle of effective personal money management is to live within one’s income.
Georgia Standard: SS7E10   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video Series with Classroom Materials
With this video series, teach teens and pre-teens how to manage their money and foster an entrepreneurial spirit. Visit KSPS Education for more additional learning resources.
Skill: Understand that a basic principle of effective personal money management is to live within one’s income.
Georgia Standard: SS7E10   
 
 
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Glimpses the state of the American work environment at the beginning of the twenty-first century and observes how such factors as globalization and trade deregulation will impact the everyday worker. Beginning with a labor strike at a California grocery store, the program discusses how the availability of inexpensive labor overseas and the transformation of the American economy from a manufacturing to a service-driven market has decreased the bargaining power of unions and drastically changed the face of the middle class. Economists and sociologists note how a lack of strong trade regulations harms workers all over the world by allowing multinational companies to control salaries and health-care benefits. Although organizations like the United Nations may step in to force companies to provide better pay and work environments worldwide, the presentation suggests job training in technical skills will help Americans adjust to the changing labor markets.
Skill: Understand that a basic principle of effective personal money management is to live within one’s income.
Georgia Standard: SS7E10   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video with Classroom Materials
This program provides an overview of economic principles and uses examples that students may encounter in their own lives.
Skill: Understand that a basic principle of effective personal money management is to live within one’s income.
Georgia Standard: SS7E10   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Examines the unique geographical features of Southern Africa. The program introduces the nations of Southern Africa and elaborates on apartheid in South Africa, the Namib and Kalahari Deserts, Zambia, and illegal poaching.
Skills: Locate selected features of Africa.
Explain the impact of location, climate, and physical characteristics on population distribution in Africa.
Analyze the diverse cultural characteristics of the people who live in Africa.
Analyze continuity and change in Africa.
Georgia Standards: SS7G1, SS7G3, SS7G4, SS7H1
 
 
Source: Georgia Aquarium
Resource Type: Lesson Plan
Students will discover that pinnipeds (sea lions and seals) can be found all over the world in addition to the coast of California. Students will identify where pinnipeds are found throughout the world on a map and explore the adaptations pinnipeds use to survive in their habitats.
Skills: Locate selected features of Africa.
Locate selected features in Southwest Asia (Middle East).
Locate selected features in Southern and Eastern Asia.
Georgia Standards: SS7G1, SS7G5, SS7G9   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Provides a brief exploration of the major geographical features and climate zones of the African continent. The program also brings to light some of the social, economic, and political issues that persist in underdeveloped parts of Africa.
Skill: Explain environmental issues across the continent of Africa.
Georgia Standard: SS7G2   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Presents an in-depth look at the countries of Northern Africa. The program examines Northern Africa's people, cultures, history, and geographical features like the Sahara Desert, Nile River, Atlas Mountains, and Sahel region.
Skills: Explain environmental issues across the continent of Africa.
Explain the impact of location, climate, and physical characteristics on population distribution in Africa.
Analyze the diverse cultural characteristics of the people who live in Africa.
Georgia Standards: SS7G2, SS7G3, SS7G4
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Visits the Zambezi, Sand River, Hoanib, and Namib in Africa, and emphasizes the impact of Africa's major rivers on its landscape and wildlife. The program showcases the rivers' wet and dry seasons, and focuses on the fight for survival among the animals that live off of the rivers. The program features a variety of animals, including African buffalo, lions, desert elephants, jackals, mice, leopards, golden orb spiders, and monitor lizards.
Skill: Explain environmental issues across the continent of Africa.
Georgia Standard: SS7G2   
 
 
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Resource Type: Teacher Board
Students will create a political map of Southwest Asia.
Skill: Locate selected features in Southwest Asia (Middle East).
Georgia Standard: SS7G5   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Asia is Earth's largest continent by landmass and population. The program highlights the geographical boundaries of Asia and provides an overview of the diverse populations, geographical features, and climates of the continent.
Skill: Locate selected features in Southwest Asia (Middle East).
Georgia Standard: SS7G5   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Visits the cities, mountain ranges, and bodies of water in the Anatolia region of Turkey, also known as Asia Minor. The program also discusses the climate of Turkey, and displays the Sumela Monastery and other ancient Christian sites in Asia Minor.
Skill: Locate selected features in Southwest Asia (Middle East).
Georgia Standard: SS7G5   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Provides an overview of the diverse population of the Asian continent. The segment also discusses the variety of geographical features and climates in Asia
Skill: Locate selected features in Southwest Asia (Middle East).
Georgia Standard: SS7G5   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Worksheet: Data Analysis
Students read a brief introduction to sources of air pollution in Asia and clean air initiatives and then look at data charts presenting air pollution rates in cities and countries. Students must complete a graphic organizer of potential causes of air pollution in Asia, and then write a brief response that brainstorms solutions to air pollution and analyzes differences in Asian, European, and North American air pollution rates.
Skill: Explain the impact of environmental issues across Southwest Asia (Middle East).
Georgia Standard: SS7G6   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Worksheet: Data Analysis
Review information on population pressures in Asia, study results of human interactions on the natural environment, describe society’'s impact on the environment, and identify a way to reduce either air or water pollution. Teacher notes are included in Support Materials.
Skill: Explain the impact of environmental issues across Southwest Asia (Middle East). 
Georgia Standard: SS7G6   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Visits the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Southwest Asia, and states that the UAE is most known for its famous cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The segment also exhibits the subtropical-arid climate of the United Arab Emirates.
Skill: Explain the impact of location, climate, physical characteristics, distribution of natural resources, and population distribution on Southwest Asia (Middle East).
Georgia Standard: SS7G7   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Evaluates the growth and development of what is now the largest religion in the world today: Christianity. The program analyzes the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the founder of Christianity, and describes how the religion was spread throughout the world. Note: This video addresses topics including faith and spiritual practice. The video does not advocate a given faith, but is part of a series that informs students of the beliefs and practices of many world religions. The founding stories of the religions presented in this series are based on the texts, beliefs, and traditions of those religions and are not intended as historical analysis. Please preview before use in a classroom environment.
Skill: Analyze the diverse cultural characteristics of the people who live in Southwest Asia (Middle East).
Georgia Standard: SS7G8   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Provides information about the main beliefs and practices of the Islamic faith. The program profiles the life of Muhammad, the founder of Islam, describes the differences between Sunni and Shia Muslims, examines the importance of the Quran, and highlights the five pillars of Islam: belief, prayers, fasting, alms-giving, and pilgrimage. Note: This video addresses topics including faith and spiritual practice. The video does not advocate a given faith, but is part of a series that informs students of the beliefs and practices of many world religions. The founding stories of the religions presented in this series are based on the texts, beliefs, and traditions of those religions and are not intended as historical analysis. Please preview before use in a classroom environment.
Skill: Analyze the diverse cultural characteristics of the people who live in Southwest Asia (Middle East).
Georgia Standard: SS7G8   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Analyzes the history of Judaism throughout the ages and provides insight into the main teachings of Judaism. The program also looks into special holidays and festivals celebrated by Jewish people. Note: This video addresses topics including faith and spiritual practice. The video does not advocate a given faith, but is part of a series that informs students of the beliefs and practices of many world religions. The founding stories of the religions presented in this series are based on the texts, beliefs, and traditions of those religions and are not intended as historical analysis. Please preview before use in a classroom environment.
Skill: Analyze the diverse cultural characteristics of the people who live in Southwest Asia (Middle East).
Georgia Standard: SS7G8   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Lesson with supporting documents
Three of the world's major religions -- the monotheist traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam -- were all born in the Middle East and are all inextricably linked to one another. Christianity was born from within the Jewish tradition, and Islam developed from both Christianity and Judaism. Learn more about the religions of the Middle East in this text from the WGBH production, Global Connections: The Middle East.
Skill: Analyze the diverse cultural characteristics of the people who live in Southwest Asia (Middle East).
Georgia Standard: SS7G8   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Map Analysis
Students will read a short description of the geography of Southeast Asia, answer a set of questions on this geography, and then write a short essay using the knowledge they learned.
Skill: Locate selected features in Southern and Eastern Asia.
Georgia Standard: SS7G9   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Discusses the geographical location, population, and government of each country in South East Asia. The segment introduces Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, and Singapore.
Skill: Locate selected features in Southern and Eastern Asia. 
Georgia Standard: SS7G9   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Explores the climate, crops, and city culture of South East Asia. The process of growing rice and such crops as cloves, coconuts, and rubber trees is explored. The program tours large cities in South East Asia, including Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Vientiane, and Ho Chi Minh City.
Skill: Locate selected features in Southern and Eastern Asia. 
Georgia Standard: SS7G9   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive Lesson & Assessment
Tsunami waves can be distinguished from ordinary ocean waves by many factors, including the tremendous amount of energy they carry, the great distance between their wave crests, and their capacity to travel at jetliner speeds across an entire ocean. In this interactive from NOVA, explore how the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami — the deadliest in recorded history — was triggered, how its waves traveled thousands of kilometers largely unchanged, and what happened once the waves reached coastlines both near and far from their source.
Skill: Explain the impact of environmental issues across Southern and Eastern Asia.
Georgia Standard: SS7G10   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Multimedia Unit Study
The Around the Globe: China collection allows students to take a virtual trip to China to learn more about China’s society and culture, as well as the art of China through the centuries. Explore significant events in Chinese history, the history of U.S.-China relations, and the experiences of Chinese Americans through videos, images, documents, and lesson plans.
Skill: Explain the impact of environmental issues across Southern and Eastern Asia.
Georgia Standard: SS7G10   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video (with Analysis Questions)
By 2050, the World Economic Forum predicts that the amount of plastic in the oceans will outweigh ALL the fish. When you hear “plastic” pollution, you might picture six-pack rings wrapped around seagulls or beaches littered with plastic bottles. But now, researchers are discovering a new menace -- microfibers. They're tiny strands of synthetic fibers that come from the synthetic clothing that many of us love to wear -- think fleece jackets and yoga pants. Find out what we can do about microfiber pollution in this week's Above the Noise video.
Skill: Explain the impact of environmental issues across Southern and Eastern Asia.
Georgia Standard: SS7G10   
 
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Uncovers some of the reasons why the apex predators of the world's rivers are disappearing, and travels to the Ganges River to test its level of pollution and wildlife activity. The program looks at the Ganges River's aquatic life to gauge its overall health, and interviews locals about the changes they have experienced as a result of the pollution. The program follows Jeremy Wade to the Ganges Delta and the Indian cities of Varanasi and Kanpur, and dives deep into the troubled waters of the mighty and ancient river. NOTE: This program contains content that may not be appropriate for all viewers. Please preview before sharing in class.
Skill: Explain the impact of environmental issues across Southern and Eastern Asia.
Georgia Standard: SS7G10   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Explores the Yangtze in search of disappearing fish, and discovers that the Chinese people are far from monolithic in their attitude towards pollution. The program follows Jeremy Wade as he learns of the devastating destruction done to the river and its wildlife, and emphasizes the surprising success of conservationists and activists in the face of some of the most-widespread industrialization and pollution the world has ever seen.
Skill: Explain the impact of environmental issues across Southern and Eastern Asia.
Georgia Standard: SS7G10   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Discusses the demographics and struggles of Bangladesh, a South Asian country of 160 million people. Bangladesh is a densely populated country that struggles with overpopulation and seasonal flooding in the Ganges River Delta.
Skill: Explain the impact of environmental issues across Southern and Eastern Asia.
Georgia Standard: SS7G10   
 
 
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Resource Type: Map Analysis
A map of the European partitions of Africa, 1914.
Skill: Analyze continuity and change in Africa.
Georgia Standard: SS7H1     
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Recounts the history of the racial segregation movement known as apartheid in South Africa.
Skill: Analyze continuity and change in Africa.
Georgia Standard: SS7H1   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Primary Source Inquiry Kit
This inquiry kit has Library of Congress sources about the history of apartheid and South Africa's racial segregation policies.
Skill: Analyze continuity and change in Africa.
Georgia Standard: SS7H1    
 
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Resource Type: Reading Passage with questions
Nelson Mandela rose to become South Africa’s anti-apartheid hero. Mandela’s path from his roots as a young boy in a rural village to a beloved world leader was a long and winding journey.
Skill: Analyze continuity and change in Africa.
Georgia Standard: SS7H1   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Illustrates the end of Apartheid in South Africa. The segment shows the jail cell occupied by Nelson Mandela during his time in prison.
Skill: Analyze continuity and change in Africa.
Georgia Standard: SS7H1   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
European colonialism in Africa is discussed in this chapter.
Skill: Analyze continuity and change in Africa.
Georgia Standard: SS7H1   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
In 1948, the state of Israel was created, due to the patient efforts of Zionists like David Ben-Gurion. Despite resentment and frequent attacks from surrounding Arab countries, the fledgling Middle Eastern democracy defended itself, endured, and grew under the guidance of Prime Minister Ben-Gurion.
Skill: Analyze continuity and change in Southwest Asia (Middle East).
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After the end of the Crusades, Jerusalem fell to the Ottoman Turks. After a time of prosperity, the city fell to decline until the 1800s when Western tourists began to arrive. Also during this time, European Jews began viewing their ancient homeland as a refuge from the anti-Semitism that existed in Europe, and began to emigrate there. As a result of the Holocaust, the United Nations created the Jewish State of Israel, but Arab residents and neighboring countries immediately attacked the new country, resulting, among other things, in a divided Jerusalem.
Skill: Analyze continuity and change in Southwest Asia (Middle East).
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In a country where half the population is younger than 15, Afghanistan's 17-year war has arguably hit children the hardest. Twelve-year-old Zabiullah Mujahed hustles every day to shine shoes, one of the countless number of Afghan children orphaned or forced to work on the streets so they or their families can survive. As the Taliban, Afghan Government, and the U.S. discuss the prospects of peace, aid groups want to be hopeful.
Skill: Analyze continuity and change in Southwest Asia (Middle East).
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Reports on the demographics and religion of Iraq, and exhibits the diverse landscape of Iraq's mountains, desert, and alluvial plain. The segment also briefly discusses the turmoil that has occurred in Iraq since the start of the 21st century, and provides insight into Iraqi Kurdistan.
Skill: Analyze continuity and change in Southwest Asia (Middle East).
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Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Help students understand the significance of the Tiananmen Square massacre with this PBS NewsHour video and education resource from June 5, 2014. Twenty-five years ago, Chinese authorities indiscriminately massacred pro-democracy protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square as part of a government crackdown that captured the world's attention. Today, the incident garners little attention in China.
Sensitive: This resource contains material that may be sensitive for some students. Teachers should exercise discretion in evaluating whether this resource is suitable for their class.
Skill: Analyze continuity and change in Southern and Eastern Asia.
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Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
In this video segment from the American Experience: "Freedom Riders" Web site, watch interviews and newsreel footage and see archival photos to learn how Mahatma Gandhi, the leader in the struggle for an independent India, inspired and influenced those engaged in the struggle to end racial discrimination in the United States. Gandhi's use of nonviolence had allowed the people of India to win independence from Great Britain in 1947. While Gandhi declined an invitation from American civil rights leaders to become directly involved in the U.S. struggle for equal rights, his encouragement persuaded them that the tactic of nonviolence also held great potential in a struggle for the rights of a minority.
Skill: Analyze continuity and change in Southern and Eastern Asia.
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Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Actor and comedian Kal Penn’s experience with immigration is fairly recent; his family came to America in the 1960s and Kal was born and raised in suburban New Jersey. He was influenced by his maternal grandfather who marched with Gandhi in the Salt March, a protest against British imperialism.
Skill: Analyze continuity and change in Southern and Eastern Asia.
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Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting
Resource Type: Resource Guide
Viewer resource guide includes a timeline and description of the documentary series.
Caution: the documentary itself may be too graphic for this age group.
Skill: Analyze continuity and change in Southern and Eastern Asia.
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Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video with activity
In this lesson, students will explore the ways Korea was divided at the end of World War II and how that division separated families, disrupted lives, and laid the foundation for the Korean War. Students will answer scaffolding questions about the video segment. They will then complete a map activity locating regional features on a map, the 38th parallel, locate key cities and identify water bodies, land masses, and neighboring countries. They will analyze the geo-politics of the region as key players, Soviet Union, China, and the United States vied for influence.
Skill: Analyze continuity and change in Southern and Eastern Asia.
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Highlights the geography and culture of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and provides insight into its turbulent and interesting history. The segment also visits the two-largest cities in Vietnam, and summarizes the demographics, economy, and religions of Vietnam.
Skill: Analyze continuity and change in Southern and Eastern Asia.
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Listens to author Min Jin Lee discuss the human side of North Korea through the story of her own Korean family, and teaches that Min's father left Korea when he was sixteen never to see his mother or sister again. The program also describes the life that Min's cousin has living in North Korea.
Skill: Analyze continuity and change in Southern and Eastern Asia.
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