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Geography and History of the World



Professional Development-Generated Materials:

Around the World in 90 Days - a daily activity that promotes student thought about themselves and the world - Alan Hagedorn

Authors and Historical Figures - an adaptation of an Interaction Publishers activity from Why Wage War?

Information from the 2008 GHW Summer Workshops held at IUS and IUSB - (course description, course rubric, agenda (IUS, IUSB), lessons/activities/resources -- see listing directly below, book reviews -- see same title section below, photographs, Power Points/Presentations -- see same title section below)

Garbage, Garbage Everywhere! - Jessica Niksch - Standards 9 and 12

  • The Geography of the Political Spectrum - Scott Royer - 6.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.6
  • The Harpoon: Understanding the Space and Time of a Valuable Indiana Resource - 4.5, 6.2, 7.1, 7.2 - a World War II era airplane is available for viewing at Mount Comfort Airport outside of Indianapolis (east in Hancock County, north of I-70). The aircraft is operated by the American Military Heritage Foundation, P.O. Box 29061, Indianapolis IN 46229. Contact Penny Litz, AMHF President at 317.883.4721 or 760.835.7529 to find out additional information and to arrange a tour. Indiana is lucky to have such a resource as the Harpoon (http://www.amhf.org/aircraft/harpoon.shtml). It is the only one on the entire planet that is flying! A book with information about the Harpoon, and other PV Units by Alan Carey is available.  The book provides background information about the Harpoon and other similar aircraft: rationale for development, successes, problems, international linkages and much more. PV Ventura/Harpoon Units of World War 2, ISBN 1-84176-383-7 can be found on Amazon.com or via Osprey Publishing (http://www.ospreypublishing.com/). Connect the Harpoon to the study of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the study of a Landing Ship Tank (LST) located in Evansville, Indiana for a more comprehensive unit.

"Left to Tell - Personal Stories of Genocide in Rwanda" - Jessica Niksch - Standard 7

Pushing and Pulling: Factors for Migration! - Sarah Wilson - Standard 3

Sports Fair! The Origins of Famous Sports - Sarah Wilson - Standard 11

Information from the 2007 GHW Summer Institute held at IUPUI - (course description, course rubric, agenda, lessons/activities/resources -- see listing directly below, photographs, Power Points/Presentations -- see same title section below)

Information from the 2006 GHW Summer Institute held at Indiana State University - http://mama.indstate.edu/users/gejdg/GHW.htm (lessons/activities, syllabi, bibliographies, course descriptions)


Digital Maps Are Giving Scholars the Historical Lay of the Land - A New York Times, July 26, 2011, article addressing the use of GIS (geographic information systems) to aid in the interpretation of historic events, such as the Battle of Gettysburg.

In Defense of Sports as a Serious Academic Historic and Geographic Topic - Alan Hagedorn

A series of articles by E. Benjamin Skinner via Foreign Policy: A World Enslaved, 165, pages 62-67 (2008); The Price of Life, an interview to purchase a slave; Slavery Persists, Foreign Policy in Focus.


A Crime so Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery; a book by E. Benjamin Skinner; New York: Free Press, 2008; ISBN 10 = 074329007.

A Single Shard, by Linda Sue Park; ISBN 10 = 0395978270 by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Company, New York. The story of a young boy's life into young adulthood in historical Korea. Easy to read. 151 pages. See the book review.

Atlas of World History, by Kate Santon and Liz McKay; ISBN-10 = 1405453311. "The Atlas of World History looks at the broad sweep of human history, from our earliest beginnings in Africa to the world at the start of the twenty-first century. Truly international"

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak; ISBN #978-0-375-84220-7 by Alfred A. Knopf (a Random House teens company), New York, NY. A 550 page account of a young girl growing up in a small town outside of Munich, Germany during World War II. Her hardships, feelings, vision, education, and experiences account for the diary-like style of the book. Based, in part, on accounts from the author's parents. This book utilizes words in an amazing fashion to describe many aspects of the "writer's" life. Appropriate for high school, young adult, and adult. Well-read middle school readers could read but may not comprehend unless a teacher assists. See the book review.

Counting on Grace, by Elizabeth Winthrop; ISBN #978-0-553-48783-1 by Yearling Books, New York, NY. 227 pages of real-life accounts put together to create a story about a young girl raised in an industry-owned, textile community. Early 1900's U.S. New England states. Reflects life in many places around the country and world then, and even now. Appropriate for well-read upper elementary school students through adult. See the book review.

Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival, by Jen Marlowe, Aisha Bain, and Adam Shapiro; ISBN 10 - 1560259282 by Nation Books, a division of Avalon Publishing Company, New York. 259 pages of real-life accounts of the Darfur genocides, very graphic in nature. Mature teen and adult readers only. See the book review.

Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park, by Lee H. Whittlesey; ISBN #1570980217 by Roberts Rinehart Publishers. 259 pages of factual accounts of deaths and accidents in Yellowstone from 1872 top the present. Authentic photographs and quality research throughout. Appropriate for upper elementary students through adult. See the book review.

Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, by Erik Larson; ISBN # 0375725601 by Vantage Books. 447 pages depicting the intertwining of two stories, one the building of the world’s fair at Chicago and the other the evolution of H. H. Holmes as a serial killer. Appropriate for high school students and older. See the book review.

Forgotten Fire, by Adam Bagdasarian; ISBN 10 #0440229170 by Dorley Kindersley Publishing. 304 pages of a real-life account about an Armenian youth (12-year old boy) caught in the Armenian Holocaust of 1915-1918. Appropriate for ages 14 and up. See the book review.

Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America, by Firoozeh (Julie) Dumas. ISBN 13 - 9780812968378 by Random House Trade Paperbacks, a division of Random House, New York. Story of a young girl's experiences growing up in America while attempting to retain her Iranian heritage. Fun, yet, sensitive. 198 pages. See the book review.

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World, by Eric Weiner. ISBN 10: 0-446-58026-0 by Hatchette (Twelve Books), New York. An account by a journalist seeking to discover various global/cultural perseptions of happiness. See the book review.

The Great Depression, by various authors for McDougal Littell Historical Reader series. 204 pages of first-person accounts, documents, newspaper articles, and images of the Great Depression. The book provides excellent background information about the Depression and our nation's history. Appropriate for high school and adult readers. See the book review.

Indiana Magazine of History; Published continuously since 1905, the Indiana Magazine of History is one of the nation's oldest historical journals. Since 1913, the IMH has been edited and published quarterly at Indiana University, Bloomington. Today, the IMH features peer-reviewed historical articles, research notes, annotated primary documents, reviews, and critical essays that contribute to public understanding of midwestern and Indiana history. As well, classroom ideas are provided via the magazine and via the website. As an example Don Adams' students explored, "The Chronicles of Upper Burnet" by William Gregory Harrison. This on-line visual provides a background, the chronicles of Mr. Harrison, and a teaching (cemetery) activity.

John Colter: His Years in the Rockies, by Burton Harris; ISBN #0803272642 by Scribner, New York. 175 pages. A biography of hunter, trapper, and voyageur John Colter, who began his adventures with the Lewis and Clark expedition. Well documented and well written. Appropriate for upper elementary students (U.S. History in fifth grade especially) and older readers. See the book review.

The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini; ISBN #1594480001 by Riverhead Books, Penguin Group, New York, NY. 324 page real account of a young boy's life from the end of the monarchy in Afghanistan, to the rise of the Taliban, to his life in the United States. Very powerful and graphic. Only for high school students and adults. See the book review.

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, by Imaculee Ilibagiza; ISBN # 1401908969 by Hay House, Carlsbad, California. 210 pages depicting a true story about one Tutsi woman's survival of the Hutu slaughter of almost one million people subsequent to the death of Rwanda's Hutu president in 1994. Appropriate for high school and adult readers. See the book review.

Madam C.J. Walker, by A'Lelia Perry Bundles; ISBN # 0791002519 by Chelsea House Publishers, New York and Philadelphia. 144 pages about the life of Madam C.J. Walker, from birth through death, as the first African-American woman to become a millionaire in America. Appropriate for middle school and high school classrooms and readers. See the book review.

National Geographic Student Atlas of the World, 3rd Edition, 144 pages, 8.5"x10.78", appropriate for ages 12 and older.

Persepolis I and II, by Marjane Satrapi; Persepolis I ISBN # #0375422307 and Persepolis II ISBN # 0375714669 by Pantheon Books. About 340 pages for each. Growing up in Iran during the Iranian Islamic Revolution, a young woman conveys her struggles to remain a young, independent, modern person. The novel is graphic. Appropriate for high school through adult readers. See the book review.

PV Ventura/Harpoon Units of World War 2, by Alan C. Carey; ISBN # 1-84176-383-7 by Osprey Publishing, Oxford, Great Britain, OX2 9LP. 96 pages. Technical details and rationale and historical rationale and accounts behind the development of the PV Ventura and Harpoon aircraft during World War II. Appropriate for high school and adult readers. Mr. Carey is a very precise author noted for his research and for the technical information conveyed in his books. See the book review.

The Rise of Coffee; an article by F.E. Vega in the 2008 American Scientist, Vol. 96(Issue 2), pages 138-145. A brief history of coffee and its ascent to becoming the second most heavily traded commodity in the world. Ethiopia, Yemen, Java, Brazil and the Caribbean, Arabia, Europe, and North America. To obtain the full article, you must purchase the journal issue for approximately $6.95. Visit the website.

Sign Talker: The Adventures of George Drouillard on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, by James Alexander Thom; ISBN # 0-345-46556-3 by Ballentine Books, New York, NY. 459 pages. Westward expansion in the United States from the perspective of the American Indian. Drouillard, who was half French and half Shawnee, was brought to the Corp of Discovery due to his diverse communication skills and his hunting skills. Appropriate for middle school through adult readers. See the book review.

World Regional Geography: Global Patterns, Local Lives, without subregions Third Edition by Lydia Mihelic Pulsipher and Alex Pulsipher; ISBN # 0-7167-8522-6 by W.H. Freeman and Company, New York. 624 pages total. Ms. Pulsipher is a cultural-historical geography who writes about the landscape of every-day lives - humanizes lives. Globalization and its impact on society is the theme for the book. Appropriate for high school and adult students. See the book review.

The Year of Goodbyes: A True Story of Friendship, Family, and Farewell, by Debbie Levy, Disney-Hyperion Books, New York, NY. 144 pages. ISBN-10: 1423129016, ISBN-13: 978-1423129011; March, 2010. First-person collection of poems by a young Jewish girl in World War II Poland - a poesiealbum. See the book review.

Power Points/Presentations:

Connecting with Geo-Spatial Technology Professionals (Power Point by Bill Holder, GIS Director, Kosciusko County, IN)

Critical Geography Issues (Power Point by Dr. Rob Helfenbein, IU School of Education at IUPUI)

Geographies of AIDS in Asia: Social, Economic, and Political Contexts (Power Point by Dr. Chris Airriess, Ball State University Department of Geography; 16,000+ KB file that may take a while to download)

Geography of Poverty: A Case Study of Mozambique (Power Point by Dr. Rick Bein, IUPUI Department of Geography)

Getting Physical: Rivers (Power Point with suggested activity by Dr. Meredith Beilfuss, Butler University School of Education)

History of Maps (Power Point by Dr. Bob Beck, IUPUI Department of Geography)

Patterns and Proceses (Power Point by Dr. Owen Dwyer, IUPUI Department of Geography).

Research on K-12 Geography Education (Power Point by Dr. Rob Helfenbein, IU School of Education at IUPUI)

Transportation and the Environment (Power Point by Dr. Bill Black, IU Department of Geography)

Using Wiki in Education (Word document by Kendra Clauser, The POLIS Center, IUPUI)

What is Geography? (Power Point by Dr. Rob Helfenbein, IU School of Education at IUPUI)

What is the Meaning of History in the 21st Century? (Word document by Kendra Clauser, The POLIS Center, IUPUI)

Web Links:

Census in Schools: Educator Update, provides K-12 educator teaching tools

Center for Global Geography Education - the Association of American Geographers (AAG) has created a series of modules for use in the classroom. Module curriculum focuses on a variety of themes, including migration, economics, identity, population, water, and climate. The site is a beta site that is under construction; so, a variety of styles and resources are available for your adaptation. You may be asked to register for statistical purposes, but the AAG will not inundate you with "junk" e-mails.

Choices for the 21st Century Program via Brown University offers dynamic curriculum for 21st century students. The program also entails opportunities provided via Capitol Forum Indiana, a day in which Indiana high school students can come together to deliberate the state's role in global issues. A very fun way to engage students in current events (historic understanding and future planning), in discussing a variety of topics with peers, and in creatingclassroom/school awareness.

Education Week (EdWeek) makes available recent (and archived) newspaper articles for diverse classroom use covering many different topics.

Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)

Flight Patterns visualizations projecting statistical data in various imagery. From the FAA. http://users.design.ucla.edu/~akoblin/work/faa/index.html. A great way to introduce human/environment interaction and global change issues.

Garmin (GPS units, global positioning systems information, outdoor gear)

Gateway to Astronaut Photos of the Earth

Geography Animated - a visual website providing many various animations about the physical and human aspects of the world: physical formations, human populations, disease, quizzes, and much more.

Geography Animated provides access to a World Clock that continuously updates statistical information from a variety of global categories: births, deaths, energy, crime...

View a short video about the GeoSpatial Revolution Project, where the location of anything is becoming everything! http://geospatialrevolution.psu.edu/ This is an excellent visual about the value of geography and geospatial technologies.

GISCorps, sponsored by URISA (Urban and Regional Information Systems Association) -
GISCorps coordinates short term, volunteer based GIS services to underprivileged communities: humanitarian, environmental, economic development, capacity enhancement, health, and education. Gives students, parents, and educators an idea about the diverse employment possibilities that GIS and geo-spatial technologies offers. Open to educator involvement/volunteerism.

GPS Visualizer - a free, easy-to-use online utility that creates maps and profiles from GPS data (tracks and waypoints, including GPX files), street addresses, or simple coordinates. Use it to see where you've been, plan where you're going, or visualize geographic data (business locations, scientific observations, events, customers, real estate, geotagged photos,GPS drawing...).

Indiana and the European Union: Why the EU matters for Hoosiers - Indiana University European Union Center, Ballantine Hall 542, 1020 East Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington IN 47405-7103, 812.856.3832, eucenter@indiana.edu, http://www.indiana.edu/~eucenter. A brochure briefly describing the European Union, trade between the EU and Indiana, and agricultural connections between the EU and Indiana is available.

Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana (HLFI)

Indiana Geographic Information Council (IGIC); Earthquake! Indiana Shaking at the USGS (from April, 2008 archives)

Indiana Humanities Council (IHC). The IHC has also put together a resource page for K-12 educators. Visit smartDESKTOP for a view into peer reviewed and suggested resources, divided by grade level and/or discipline.

Indiana Magazine of History (IMH) Teacher Link

IUPUI Digital Library Collections (historic maps and images and documents)

Internet for Geography - two librarians created an on-line tutorial about "what" to look for regarding geography on the Internet, "how" to evaluate a site for quality and accuracy, and "where" to locate some good resources. The tutorial takes about one hour to complete but may assist with the idea of asking good questions and gathering good information.

Internet for History - two librarians created an on-line tutorial about "what" to look for regarding history on the Internet, "how" to evaluate a site for quality and accuracy, and "where" to locate some good resources. The tutorial takes about one hour to complete but may assist with the idea of asking good questions and gathering good information.

Jewel of Muscat, http://jewelofmuscat.tv, is a modern reconstruction of a 9th century trading ship that sailed the Maritime Silk Road from Arabia to China during the Golden Age of both civilizations.  It is modelled on the Belitung Wreck, which was discovered in 1998 still carrying a huge hoard of Chinese porcelain.  The Jewel is currently recreating the spirit of naval adventure and civilizational connectedness by sailing from Oman to Singapore. The website features plenty of videos for use in class, daily logs, photos from the voyage, a real-time GPS-powered route map, interactive games, and a user-generated content section. There is also a twitter stream @jewelofmuscat and an unofficial Facebook page.  For students aged 6-16.

Map of the Day by National Geographic Society. Find out what happened on this day in history—through a map. Selected from a variety sources—including National Geographic magazine, the Library of Congress and the National Archives—each map relates to a historical news event, milestone, or
breakthrough. Use the zoom tool to see intricate details. History lovers, try to answer the quiz question accompanying each story.
National Geographic EdNet. EdNet is your one-stop shop for education news, professional development opportunities, resources, discussion, and much more.

National Geographic Xpeditions: lesson plans, maps, articles, images and much more

National Geographic Society's Photo Gallery and Photos in the News and tips for improving your photographic skills (portraits, nature, landscapes).

Performance Education has available free Social Studies lesson plans addressing diverse disciplines and topics. Videos, images, maps, and much more are also available.

Power Point Palooza - a variety of Power Points from educators at all levels, as well as a few from students. Large to small files. Free.

SPICE (Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education) offers an excellent variety of content and methodology addressing such diverse topics as baseball, indigenous peoples of the United States, civil liberties, South Korea, resources and much more. Visit the SPICE website at spice.stanford.edu or call 1.800.578.1114 to request a catalog.

studentsfriend.com, A guide to Teaching World History and Geography (a rationale and curriculum for teaching an integrated course)

Tracking the Oil Spill - WW.com provides a daily progress report about the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Maps, written information, possible clean-up solutions, and possible causes. A good approach to aid students in 21st century geographic literacy applications.

The USGS provides imagery from satellites and from the International Space Station documenting the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

U.S. Census Bureau - Census in Schools - Population pyramids (national - current, past, projections; international), socio-economic and ethnic populations issues, teaching suggestions, articles, and more.

U.S. Geological Survey podcasts about issues concerning the physical Earth and subsequent impact on humans.

World History for us All - A project of San Diego State University and the National Center for History in the Schools at UCLA offers teaching units, lesson plans, and resources aligned with national academic standards.

WorldMapper - a collection of world maps depicting a variety of information: health, religion, population, land use and much more.

World Trade Press -FREE Social Studies lesson plans, videos, images, maps, resource suggestions, and much more!!

World Wise Schools - The Peace Corps has a dynamic exchange program for U.S. teachers, and you do not even have to leave your classroom! Connect with a Peace Corps Volunteer serving overseas, communicating through an exchange of letters, stories, pictures, souvenirs, and artifacts. Volunteers in countries all over the world are waiting to write to teachers and their classrooms in the U.S. To participate, contact the Peace Corps Coverdell World Wise Schools program at wwsinfo@peacecorps.gov. Classroom teachers can also apply to be matched online at www.peacecorps.gov/wws/correspond