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A picture is worth a thousand words & an interactive is worth more. Tools for my AP GOPO students to use on class assignments.
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40 Maps That Explain The Middle East

40 Maps That Explain The Middle East | Graphics & Interactives for Class Assignments | Scoop.it
These maps are crucial for understanding the region's history, its present, and some of the most important stories there today.

Via Seth Dixon, Ruth Reynolds
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Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, February 9, 9:26 AM

Seth Dixon - the teacher that sent this article at the first place - assess a very sound comment about the use of maps as tools of comprehenssion of the real world. I love maps, but can t avoid to be worried about what he is saying, so I recommend a thougthful reading of his statements.

(Seth Dixon - el profesor que envió este artículo en primer lugar - hace un profundo comentario acerca del empleo de mapas como herramietas de comprensión del mundo real. Yo amo los mapas, pero no puedo evitar preocuparme por lo que (Dixon) señala, así que recomiendo una reflexiva lectura de sus planteamientos.)  

David Lizotte's curator insight, March 11, 4:44 PM

This was an excellent portrayal of the middle east. The using of maps accompanied by side paragraphs explains the long history which is necessary to know if one is to understand its current status. When learning about different realms and regions (that existed throughout history) I always find it on a map. In order to truly understand a certain empire, one must know its geographical setting and its significance. It helps me better understand the region. These maps, specifically the ones that are changing through the domains reign, are extremely helpful in better comprehending the misunderstood middle eastern region. This website also creates more thought. If a particular map captivates the reader they can do more research on the topic. However, the "slides" do stand alone portraying much knowledge to a wide variety of specific elements that are still ongoing. The grouping of the slides by region/conflict/country was also an excellent strategy. It shows organization which in turn develops an easier learning process. 

The initial map educates many people of how what is modern day Iraq used to be an Oasis. However, over time, due to over farming and soil erosion the landscape changed to dry/desert territory. 

The maps displaying the rise of Islam and its transitioning into the Ottoman Empire give a great perspective as to the amount of land it covered. The Islamic world thrived and was very advanced in there culture in regards to medicine and arithmetic. The shear size of the empires should increase ones respect of the Islamic theatre. What many people are not aware of is how the Ottoman Empire was knocking on the door of the Holy Roman Empire during the sixteenth century. This was quite an advancement of territory crossing through much of eastern Europe ending as far west as Vienna. A lot of what is Eastern Europe today was part of the Ottoman Empire, including Greece. 

Another excellent map that contributes to the better understanding of western involvement can be seen in the carving up of the Ottoman Empire post WWI. Colonialism was very much present throughout less developed regions so the carving up of the middle east was not an exotic concept to the victorious west. Territories/countries were created and ethnic groups dominated one another. Its certainly true a western presence has contributed to prior and existing issues throughout the middle East.

 

Lora Tortolani's curator insight, March 15, 8:47 PM

It is interesting to see the same trends over and over again.  These maps are a great tool to show the history of the area, as well as the history of religion and political views.  I appreciate the information provided since the Middle East has undergone the most transitions (going all the way back to Mesopotamia) and its history can be confusing. 

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How ISIS Works

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With oil revenues, arms and organization, the jihadist group controls vast stretches of Syria and Iraq and aspires to statehood.
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Thomas Oldrin's curator insight, January 22, 11:00 PM

Financed by captured oil fields and armed by the negligence of Saudi Arabia and the U.S.A.  

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A hundred years of American politics, in one GIF

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Watch the political landscape change under our feet.
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3 Felton Casey's curator insight, February 26, 10:53 AM

UNIT 4

This is a gif showing 100 years of American politics. It shows the changing influence of each party from 1918 to 2012. There was a lot of red states at one point and there were a lot of blue states at one point. For instance, in 1920 The north and south were split with the north being republican and the south being democrat. Nowadays, they are more integrated.

2 McGlamery Wade's curator insight, March 5, 9:32 AM

This gif demonstrates the fluctuation in political affiliation in our country. It also shows when certain areas suddenly changed their loyalties.

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Old, but Great! -- 10/2013 WP-ABC poll - Shows "over time" & responses of different demo groups

Old, but Great! -- 10/2013 WP-ABC poll - Shows "over time" & responses of different demo groups | Graphics & Interactives for Class Assignments | Scoop.it
October 2013 Post-ABC Poll - Health care law October 2013 Post-ABC poll - Obama, Republicans and shutdown fallout Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling Implementation of the new health care law? Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling negotiations over the federal budget? Do you approve or disapprove of the way The Republicans in Congress are handling negotiations over the federal budget? Do you approve or disapprove of the way The Democrats in Congress are handling negotiations over the federal budget? Do you approve or disapprove of the way Republicans in Congress who are affiliated with the tea party political movement are handling negotiations over the federal budget? Overall, do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of Barack Obama? Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of The Republican Party? Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of The Democratic Party? Overall, do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of The political movement known as the tea party? How satisfied are you with the way this country's political system is working - would you say very satisfied, mostly satisfied, mostly dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied? I am going to mention four phrases and ask you which one best describes how you feel about the way the federal government works. Do you feel enthusiastic, satisfied but not enthusiastic, dissatisfied but not angry, or angry? Generally, do you think Obama is more interested in doing what's best for the country or what's best for himself politically? Generally, do you think The Republicans in Congress are more interested in doing what's best for the country or what's best for themselves politically? Generally, do you think The Democrats in Congress are more interested in doing what's best for the country or what's best for themselves politically? Do you approve or disapprove of the partial shutdown of the U.S. government this month? Who do you think was mainly responsible for the partial shutdown of the federal government - (Obama) or the (Republicans in Congress)? Were you personally inconvenienced by the partial shutdown of the federal government or not? Do you think the partial shutdown is an isolated incident, or a sign of broader problems in the political process in Washington? (IF BROADER PROBLEMS) Would you call these problems a crisis, serious but not a crisis, not so serious or not serious at all? Do you think the budget dispute in Washington has or has not damaged The United States' image in the world? (IF YES:) Is this serious damage, or damage, but not serious? Do you think the budget dispute in Washington has or has not damaged The morale of federal government employees? (IF YES:) Is this serious damage, or damage, but not serious? Do you think the budget dispute in Washington has or has not damaged The U.S. economy? (IF YES:) Is this serious damage, or damage, but not serious? Congress has agreed to end the government shutdown and raise the nation’s debt limit through early next year. This agreement drops Republican efforts to change the federal health care law and sets up a commission to negotiate budget issues. Overall, do you support or oppose this agreement? When the current agreement runs out early next year, how confident are you that (Obama) and (the Republicans in Congress) will avoid another budget crisis over the debt limit? Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good or poor? When it comes to finding the right balance between cutting government spending that is not needed and continuing government spending that is needed, who do you trust to do a better job - Obama or the Republicans in Congress? Do you think an agreement between Obama and Republicans in Congress to reduce the federal budget deficit should include only spending cuts, or a combination of spending cuts and tax increases? Some Republicans in Congress say reducing the federal deficit needs to be a part of an agreement to increase the debt ceiling in the future. Obama has said that increasing the debt ceiling should not be used as a tool in budget negotiations. Whose position do you agree with more, Obama's or that of some of the Republicans' in Congress? Overall, do you support or oppose the federal law making changes to the health care system? (IF OPPOSE HEALTH CARE LAW) Overall, do you think the new health care law (goes too far) or (does not go far enough) in changing the health care system? (Results based on all respondents) (ASKED IF DO NOT SUPPORT HEALTH CARE LAW) Which of these is your preference: (Repeal the health care law), or (let the health care law go ahead and see how it works)? (Results based on all respondents) There have been problems with the website set up for uninsured people to sign up for health insurance. Do you think this is (an isolated incident) or do you think it's (a sign of broader problems in implementing the health care law)? Thinking about the next election in November 2014, right now, are you inclined to vote to re-elect your representative in Congress, or are you inclined to look around for someone else to vote for? What's your view of the tea party political movement - would you say you support it strongly, support it somewhat, oppose it somewhat or oppose it strongly? Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a... Do you think things in this country (are generally going in the right direction) or do you feel things (have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track)? Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president? Do you approve or disapprove of the way the U.S. Congress is doing its job? Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy? Do you approve or disapprove of the way your own representative to the U.S. House of Representatives in Congress is handling his or her job? the election for the U.S. House of Representatives were being held today, would you vote for (the Democratic candidate) or (the Republican candidate) in your congressional district? Would you lean toward the (Democratic candidate) or toward the (Republ
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Latinos and the Fourteenth Amendment: A Primary Document Activity | Teaching Tolerance

Latinos and the Fourteenth Amendment: A Primary Document Activity | Teaching Tolerance | Graphics & Interactives for Class Assignments | Scoop.it
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States Vary in Overall Election Performance - Interactive by Pew Research

States Vary in Overall Election Performance - Interactive by Pew Research | Graphics & Interactives for Class Assignments | Scoop.it
The Elections Performance Index is an updated interactive and brief that surveys election administration performance across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
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The Next America

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Demographic transformations are dramas in slow motion. America is in the midst of two right now. Our population is becoming majority non-white at the same time a record share is going gray.
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Teresa Herrin's curator insight, April 12, 2014 10:05 PM

Totally fascinating!

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Millennials in Adulthood

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Racially diverse, economically stressed and politically liberal, Millennials are building their own networks through social media – rather than through political parties, organized religion or marriage. Half now call themselves political independents, the highest share of any generation.
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Which President Has Bypassed Congress the Most in U.S. History? Definitely Not Obama

Which President Has Bypassed Congress the Most in U.S. History? Definitely Not Obama | Graphics & Interactives for Class Assignments | Scoop.it
Obama has been described as abusing “the intent of the Constitution.” Here's a fact check on that.
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Exit polls 2012: How the vote has shifted - The Washington Post

Exit polls 2012: How the vote has shifted - The Washington Post | Graphics & Interactives for Class Assignments | Scoop.it
See how much voter groups have shifted in the 2012 exit polls, compared to 2008. Early numbers are preliminary and may change significantly until midday Wednesday, when poll results are finalized.
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Polls and Charts - Pollster

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Polls, charts, forecasts and data about upcoming elections, Obama, Congress, Democrats, Republicans, politics, health care and the economy.
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The changing landscape of same-sex marriage

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Proponents of same-sex marriage have had a string of successes around the country since the Supreme Court struck a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act in U.S. v. Windsor. Currently, 17 states, plus the District of Columbia, allow same-sex marriage, and 33 states prohibit it.
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4 Cosper Kelsey's curator insight, February 26, 11:47 AM

10.. For me Personally i do not care if you are homosexual or bisexual. But i do not believe you should allowed to be married. Same sex marrige is only banned in 3 states in the the united States, Georgia, Nebraska, and North Dakota. The majority of the States Allow it and a good chunk are still waiting on their appeals and futher actions. Over the last 10 years the scale of those who oppose and support gay marriage have completly swapped. The 18-29 age group has the most supporting percent, which is not suprsing because being homosexual became more popular in the more recent years. Also the Republican party is still mostly opposed to the thought of same sex marriage.

2 Grainger Andrew's curator insight, March 6, 12:06 AM

I chose a map to look at and scoop. This map shows the support for same sex marriage. 17 states are in support for same sex marriage. 33 states prohibit the same sex marriage. I prefer that same sex marriage is prohibited. And I live in georgia where same sex marriage is prohibited

3 bradley jordan's curator insight, March 6, 2:42 AM

since DOMA was deemed unconstitutional in twenty thirteen, gay rights has rightfully become the next issue on every ones mind, as of today 37 states allow same sex marriage and thirteen states do not the people who a re for same sex marriage are mostly younger people eighteen to thirty nine and slightly and majority of republicans opposes same sex marriage .but it does not matter because soon us gays will take over the world (=

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Interactive Timeline: The Egyptian Revolution (Great!)

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5 Dotterweich Sarah's curator insight, March 4, 10:03 PM

In January of 2011, a revolution started in Egypt due to the fact that the people wanted democracy. Arab Spring started when a vegetable stand owner set himself on fire causing a wave of protest to occur. The president of Egypt resigned and SCAF, the military, took over the government while waiting for elections to be held; however, after a year people started to protest this wanting democracy. Morsi is soon elected as president. And of course the U.S. got involved and tried started a coup even though the government didn't want to call it that.

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Political Typology Quiz Help Center

Political Typology Quiz Help Center | Graphics & Interactives for Class Assignments | Scoop.it
This page provides resources to help you create and share the Pew Research Center's political typology quiz with your students or community group. Below are
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State of the News Media 2014 Key Indicators

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A look at key trends in the main sectors of the news media from Pew Research Center's State of the News Media 2014.
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Economic Inequality in America: Developing a New War on Poverty

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In this lesson students will learn about the problems of poverty and economic inequality in America, and then they will research possible solutions as they propose a new war on poverty for 2014.
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Affordable Care Act -- Support & Opposition per State

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6 Anderson Calloway's curator insight, January 15, 2:11 PM

This map deals with federalism. It displays the level of support of Obamacare in each state. The federal government offers assistance with medical care fees. Mandates have been given to many Americans to have health insurance and to employers to provide more employees with health insurance. Obamacare/ACA is meant to help low income families/people with obtaining an affordable health insurance policy. The federal government aims to give more Americans easier access to medical attention. I till think the government is stepping over the line with Obamacare.

3 Boss Taylor's curator insight, January 15, 3:57 PM

This map is an illustration of federalism and how all states might not agree on a particular law. This map shows the support and opposition of the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare per state. This map provides a view that most Southern states are opposed to the Affordable Care Act, Northern states support it, Midwestern states are in the middle and some state oppose it, and Western states support it with a few exceptions of states opposing it.  This map connects to federalism because it shows a division in the nation about the Affordable Care Act similar to the division in the nation when the topic was about adopting a Constitution. This map may not be reliable because people views on particular view change everyday. From this map I learned that federal and states powers overlap each other.

5 Schutz Collin's curator insight, January 15, 9:09 PM

This map is an illustration of federalism and how all states might not agree on a particular law. This map shows the support and opposition of the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare per state.  This map connects to federalism because it shows a division in the nation about the Affordable Care Act similar to the division in the nation when the topic was about adopting a Constitution. From this map I learned that federal and states powers overlap each other.

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Committee Organization of the U.S. House (from house.gov)

Obtain documents, public disclosure forms, historical data and Member and Committee information for the U.S. House of Representatives
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Explore Government Subsidies

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Search and browse a database of business incentives awarded by hundreds of cities, counties and states compiled during a 10-month investigation by The New York Times.
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