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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 various forms of government. 
Georgia Standard: SS6CG1   
 
 
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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 various forms of government.
Georgia Standard: SS6CG1   
 
 
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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 various forms of government. 
Explain forms of citizen participation in government.
Georgia Standards: SS6CG1, SS6CG3, SS6CG4
 
 
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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 various forms of government.
Georgia Standard: SS6CG1   
 
 
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 various forms of government. 
Georgia Standard: SS6CG1   
 
 
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 various forms of government.
Georgia Standard: SS6CG1   
 
 
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Resource Type: Lesson Starters
Learn about the structure of Canada's government and its underlying history. From the original indigenous peoples to the arrival of European explorers, explore how Canada was shaped into the nation it is today. Learn about the different indigenous, French, and British influences that can be seen in Canadian culture today, and how they’ve remained in culture.
Skill: Explain citizen participation in the Canadian government.
Georgia Standard: SS6CG2   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Learn about the structure of Canada's government and its underlying history. From the original indigenous peoples to the arrival of European explorers, explore how Canada was shaped into the nation it is today. Learn about the different indigenous, French, and British influences that can be seen in Canadian culture today, and how they’ve remained in culture.
Skill: Explain citizen participation in the Canadian government.
Georgia Standard: SS6CG2   
 
 
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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: SS6E1, SS6E4, SS6E7, SS6E10
 
 
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.
Skill: Analyze different economic systems.
Georgia Standards: SS6E1, SS6E4, SS6E7, SS6E10
 
 
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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: SS6E1, SS6E4, SS6E7 
 
 
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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: SS6E1, SS6E4, SS6E7 
 
 
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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: Give examples of how voluntary trade benefits buyers and sellers in Latin America.
Give examples of how voluntary trade benefits buyers and sellers in Canada.
Analyze the benefits of and barriers to voluntary trade in Europe.
Give examples of how voluntary trade benefits buyers and sellers in Australia. 
Georgia Standards: SS6E2, SS6E5, SS6E8, SS6E11
 
 
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: Give examples of how voluntary trade benefits buyers and sellers in Latin America.
Give examples of how voluntary trade benefits buyers and sellers in Canada.
Analyze the benefits of and barriers to voluntary trade in Europe.
Give examples of how voluntary trade benefits buyers and sellers in Australia. 
Georgia Standards: SS6E2, SS6E5, SS6E8, SS6E11
 
 
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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).
Skills: Give examples of how voluntary trade benefits buyers and sellers in Latin America.
Give examples of how voluntary trade benefits buyers and sellers in Canada.
Analyze the benefits of and barriers to voluntary trade in Europe.
Georgia Standards: SS6E2, SS6E5, SS6E8
 
 
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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 Brazil, Cuba, and Mexico.
Describe factors that influence economic growth and examine their presence or absence in Canada.
Describe factors that influence economic growth and examine their presence or absence in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Russia.
Describe factors that influence economic growth and examine their presence or absence in Australia. 
Explain the impact of location, climate, natural resources, and population distribution on Europe.
Georgia Standards: SS6E3, SS6E6, SS6E9, SS6E12, SS6G9  
 
 
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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 Brazil, Cuba, and Mexico.
Describe factors that influence economic growth and examine their presence or absence in Canada.
Describe factors that influence economic growth and examine their presence or absence in Australia.
Explain the impact of location, climate, natural resources, and population distribution on Europe.
Georgia Standards: SS6E3, SS6E6, SS6E12, SS6G9
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
How does the government plays a role in the economy? Specifically, the way the government creates and maintains our market economic system.
Skill: Analyze different economic systems.
Georgia Standard: SS6E10   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video (Workshop for Teachers)
Globalization is the watchword of our economic times. This one hour video workshop's exercises and simulations explore the global economy, why and how nations trade with one another, who some of the major players in the international market are, how we gain from international trade, and how protectionism can have unintended consequences.
Skill: Give examples of how voluntary trade benefits buyers and sellers in Australia.
Georgia Standard: SS6E11   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video (Workshop for Teachers)
This one hour video workshop explores entrepreneurial activity, what it is, who does it and what conditions are necessary to make it flourish. Students explore what makes some countries rich and others less so, and why it is not always necessary that a nation's natural resources determine whether that country will be rich or not. Finally, we explore the tradeoff of copyrights and patents, in which ideas are protected from competition in order to create incentives for innovation. We examine recent case histories such as Napster that test that tradeoff.
Skill: Describe factors that influence economic growth and examine their presence or absence in Australia.
Georgia Standard: SS6E12   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive
These KQED interactive maps display the financial divide between four pairs of neighboring nations as measured by gross domestic product (GDP) per capita. They also show GDP per capita for all countries in the world. In the accompanying classroom activity, students learn how to calculate GDP per capita and then compare that for pairs of countries using data from the interactive maps. To get the most out of this activity, students should be comfortable with arithmetic with dollars and cents into the ten thousands.
Skill: Describe factors that influence economic growth and examine their presence or absence in Australia.
Georgia Standard: SS6E12   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
With this video series, teach teens and pre-teens how to manage their money and foster an entrepreneurial spirit.
Skill: Understand that a basic principle of effective personal money management is to live within one’s income.
Georgia Standard: SS6E13   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Describes the major geographical features of the South American continent including the Andes Mountains, Amazon River, Atacama Desert, and Patagonian grasslands.
Skill: Locate selected features of Latin America.
Georgia Standard: SS6G1   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Mexico and the countries in Central America occupy a natural land bridge between the United States and South America. These regions are illustrated and explored in this video. Each segment begins and ends with an overarching question.
Skill: Locate selected features of Latin America.
Georgia Standard: SS6G1   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Presents a brief history of Mexico, and communicates the major cultural and economic features of the country. The segment introduces Mexico's main religion, language, and history before the territory was conquered by the Spanish.
Skill: Locate selected features of Latin America.
Georgia Standard: SS6G1   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Shows the Sierra Madre mountain range of Mexico and Central America.
Skill: Locate selected features of Latin America.
Georgia Standard: SS6G1   
 
 
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 Latin America.
Locate selected features of Europe. 
Locate selected features of Australia.
Georgia Standards: SS6G1, SS6G7, SS6G11   
 
 
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Resource Type: Series of Videos
Explores some of the problems facing the environment, including pollution and climate change. Discusses some of the solutions for environmental problems, such as renewable resources, sustainability, and recycling.
Skill: Explain the impact of environmental issues in Latin America.
Georgia Standard: SS6G2   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Presents a general overview of the South American continent. The segment identifies the physical boundaries of the continent and names the twelve sovereign nations on the continent. The history, demographics, and climates of South America are also discussed.
Skill: Explain the impact of location, climate, distribution of natural resources, and population distribution on Latin America. 
Georgia Standard: SS6G3   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Highlights the geography of Canada, including the Rocky Mountains, Niagara Falls, and the Alberta flatlands.
Skill: Locate selected features of Canada.
Georgia Standard: SS6G4   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
The overall geography and topography of Canada is examined in this chapter. Provinces, territories, waterways, mountains, and major cities are identified.
Skill: Locate selected features of Canada.
Georgia Standard: SS6G4   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Lesson With Supporting Documents
Students will explore a physical map showing natural resources in Canada to analyze the impact of the environment on the distribution of natural resources.
Skill: Explain the impact of location, climate, distribution of natural resources, and population distribution on Canada.
Georgia Standard: SS6G5   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Teaches about the formation of a type of acid rain called carbonic acid, and attributes excess acid rain to atmospheric pollution caused by automobile exhaust, industrial factories, and power plants. The segment also illustrates how various oxides of nitrogen create acid rain, and emphasizes that acid rain damages the environment and human health.
Skills: Explain the impact of environmental issues in Canada. 
Explain environmental issues in Europe.
Georgia Standards: SS6G6, SS6G8  
 
 
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Resource Type: Video With Quiz
Reports that human activities have led to an increase in air pollution and acid rain, and states that chemicals released by fossil fuels mix with other pollutants to make smog. The segment quotes Harvard University and the American Lung Association about the impact of air pollution, and discusses the ponderosa pine, red spruce, and Fraser fir trees. The segment also includes a video quiz that is based on the content of the segment
Skills: Explain the impact of environmental issues in Canada. 
Explain environmental issues in Europe.
Georgia Standards: SS6G6, SS6G8  
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
This program opens with a Journey down the Rhine River, picturesquely displaying all the European countries it passes through. Europe is often called a continent, but it is actually a large peninsula that extends westward from the great landmass of Asia. The Countries of Europe are usually grouped into major sub regions such as the British Isles, Western Europe, Scandinavia, Central Europe, Southern Europe and Eastern Europe. Viewers will learn about the topography and location of each area and the countries that are included in each area. Also described are Europe’s many navigable rivers including the Rhine, the Danube, the Seine and the Thames. There are mountain ranges, such as the Alps and the Sierra Nevadas and plains suitable for agriculture. The Climatic conditions during each season are also covered.
Skill: Locate selected features of Europe.
Georgia Standard: SS6G7   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video Clip
Provides a summary of the geographical features and climate zones found on the European continent
Skill: Locate selected features of Europe.
Georgia Standard: SS6G7   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video Clip
Identifies the bodies of water and mountain ranges that form the physical boundaries of Europe
Skill: Locate selected features of Europe.
Georgia Standard: SS6G7   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Examines the destruction caused by the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe in 1986, and reveals how the disaster helped bring about a more transparent Soviet government.
Skill: Explain environmental issues in Europe.
Georgia Standard: SS6G8   
 
 
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Provides an overview of the Chernobyl disaster, and Philip Grossman suits up to enter the former nuclear power plant.
Skill: Explain environmental issues in Europe.
Georgia Standard: SS6G8   
 
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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: Describe selected cultural characteristics of Europe.
Georgia Standard: SS6G10   
 
 
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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: Describe selected cultural characteristics of Europe.
Georgia Standard: SS6G10   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Analyzes the history of the 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: Describe selected cultural characteristics of Europe.
Georgia Standard: SS6G10   
 
 
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: Describe selected cultural characteristics of Europe.
Georgia Standard: SS6G10   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Presents a historical overview of European colonialism. The segment also names different systems of government used by European nations and identifies the major religions of Europe.
Skill: Describe selected cultural characteristics of Europe.
Georgia Standard: SS6G10   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive
Dive through Australia's Great Barrier Reef and discover relationships that have evolved between its resident organisms, in this interactive from Evolution. In order to survive and reproduce, each organism must adapt to its physical environment, as well as to the other organisms in that environment it shares relationships with. Some are predators and prey; others compete for space, food, or mates; and still others are dependent or codependent on each other.
Skill: Locate selected features of Australia.
Georgia Standard: SS6G11   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Showcases some of the major-geographical features of Australia, such as the outback, Null Arbor Plain, Australian Wheatbelt, Murray River, Great Barrier Reef, and Uluru.
Skill: Locate selected features of Australia.
Georgia Standard: SS6G11   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Outlines the origins, demographics, economy, geography, and culture of Australia, and identifies the major political and geographical regions of Australia on various maps. The program also briefly discusses the cultures of Australian aborigines, and reports that one in five Australians are descendants of the British-penal colonies.
Skill: Explain the impact of location, climate, distribution of natural resources, and population distribution on Australia.
Georgia Standard: SS6G12   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Tracks the history of Cuba from its colonial period to present day. The segment also identifies Cuba's economic profile and reveals some of the country's intense political history.
Skills: Explain conflict and change in Latin America.
Explain the impact of English colonization on current Aboriginal basic rights, health, literacy, and language.
Georgia Standards: SS6H1, SS6H4  
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Barack Obama is the first President of the United States to visit Cuba in eighty-eight years. Diplomacy begins between the United States and Cuba for the first time in over half a century.
Skill: Explain conflict and change in Latin America.
Georgia Standard: SS6H1   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Primary Source Set
This collection uses primary sources to explore leaders of Latin American revolutions. Digital Public Library of America Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop their critical thinking skills and draw diverse material from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. Each set includes an overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide. These sets were created and reviewed by the teachers on the DPLA's Education Advisory Committee.
Skill: Explain conflict and change in Latin America.
Georgia Standard: SS6H1   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Plantations and slaves were important to the Southern economy.
Skills: Explain conflict and change in Latin America.
Explain the impact of English colonization on current Aboriginal basic rights, health, literacy, and language.
Georgia Standards: SS6H1, SS6H4  
 
 
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Slaves were captured in Africa and transported in ships to plantations in pre-revolutionary America; many slaves died in transit, and most were treated
Skill: Explain conflict and change in Latin America.
Georgia Standard: SS6H1   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video With Lesson Plan and Supporting Documents
The Cuban Revolution changed over time, particularly for creative professionals like the architects who designed the innovative National Art Schools. What happens when the initial moment of a revolution gives way to an established ideology? This video clip and accompanying lesson plan provide insight into the Cold War Era by exploring the impact of Soviet involvement in an emerging Cuban state.
Skill: Explain conflict and change in Latin America.
Georgia Standard: SS6H1   
 
 
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Resource Type: Infographic
Chronicles the history of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States since the end of the Cuban Revolution, and provides dates of major events involving the neighboring countries. The infographic also contains opinion questions about diplomacy, embargoes, the Internet, and foreign policy.
Skills: Explain conflict and change in Latin America.
Explain the impact of English colonization on current Aboriginal basic rights, health, literacy, and language.
Georgia Standards: SS6H1, SS6H4  
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Defines the term "communism" and examines the rise of communism in such countries as Russia and China.
Skill: Explain conflict and change in Europe.
Georgia Standard: SS6H3   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
The Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War I, took a large amount of land from Germany and forced the country to pay reparations. These developments forced Germany into economic upheaval and laid the base for Adolph Hitler and his Mein Kampf.
Skill: Explain conflict and change in Europe.
Georgia Standard: SS6H3   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
In 1933, Hitler is appointed Chancellor of Germany. Hitler and the Nazi Party use false flags and other acts of deception to gain dictatorial control over the country.
Skill: Explain conflict and change in Europe.
Georgia Standard: SS6H3   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video Series
Bill Rice recalls how German soldiers began surrendering towards the end of the war in Europe. He also discusses how his platoon was involved in liberating prison camps in Germany in this video teaching module from the KACV's local perspective on "The War."
Skill: Explain conflict and change in Europe.
Georgia Standard: SS6H3   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video With Supporting Documents
This week marks the 100-year anniversary of World War I, which drastically altered the global map and changed the course of history. Help students explore and analyze the war with this PBS NewsHour video and educational materials from August 7, 2014.
Skill: Explain conflict and change in Europe.
Georgia Standard: SS6H3   
 
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Resource Type: Video
Throughout the 1930s several European countries began to battle over territories. Italy invaded Ethiopia while Germany violated the Treaty of Versailles by taking over Austria and parts of Czechoslovakia. A pact between Stalin and Hitler proves false.
Skill: Explain conflict and change in Europe.
Georgia Standard: SS6H3    
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Focuses on the systematic genocide of Jews and other Europeans as part of Hitler’s goals for the Nazi Party. The program travels to the site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp in Poland, which is now a museum where visitors can learn about the atrocities of the Holocaust.
Skill: Explain conflict and change in Europe.
Georgia Standard: SS6H3   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Summarizes how and why Communism grew out of the terrible-working conditions of the Industrial Revolution, and teaches briefly about the roles of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, and Vladimir Lenin in establishing the Communist Party. The segment also evaluates why Communist countries historically lead to and involve dictatorships, and provides a video quiz that is based on the content of the segment.
Skill: Explain conflict and change in Europe.
Georgia Standard: SS6H3   
 
 
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Australia was initially used by England as a penal colony; convict labor became the base of Australia’s local economy.
Skill: Explain the impact of English colonization on current Aboriginal basic rights, health, literacy, and language.
Georgia Standard: SS6H4   
 
 
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Although the origins of their arrival in Australia remain a mystery, the Aborigines are considered the oldest surviving culture on Earth.
Skill: Explain the impact of English colonization on current Aboriginal basic rights, health, literacy, and language.
Georgia Standard: SS6H4   
 
 
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Resource Type: Video
Summarizes the process and impact of Great Britain's colonization of Australia and the subjugation of Aboriginal Australians, and emphasizes the role of oral history in continuing and preserving Aboriginal Australian culture. The segment also reveals that gold can be found in the leaves and roots of eucalyptus trees.
Skill: Explain the impact of English colonization on current Aboriginal basic rights, health, literacy, and language.
Georgia Standard: SS6H4