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The Separatist Map of Africa

The Separatist Map of Africa | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
When African states gained independence, the continent's new leaders agreed to respect the old colonial borders to avoid endless wars.

 

This interactive map shows the major conflicts on the African continent where the combatants have geopolitical aspirations to separate from the state and create a new, autonomous state.  Click on the red arrows and you can read about the warring factions and the current situation in that region.   

 

Tags: political, governance, Africa, unit 4 political, war, conflict, states, colonialism.


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Fascinating interactive map looking at the separatist movements in Africa.  

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Arya Okten's curator insight, March 27, 2014 11:48 PM

Unit IV - Non American

Edelin Espino's curator insight, December 5, 2014 11:04 AM

is sad to see how people just refer to it as "Africa" when every part has its own name. Even myself don't know many of them since they are irrelevant for the western people.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 17, 2014 12:08 AM

This interactive map does a great job of not only showing the sate of political struggles and military conflict within the whole of Africa. This shows the new countries many dissidents  and rebels wish to establish in order to give their people a cultural and ethnic home land. This give a good picture of simply how chaotic some parts of Africa truly are and how destabilized many regions are. 

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Information Literacy: How Does the News Change Over Time? The Sinking of the Titanic | Teaching with the Library of Congress

Information Literacy: How Does the News Change Over Time? The Sinking of the Titanic | Teaching with the Library of Congress | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Why is it important to evaluate and corroborate sources of information? These are not new questions, as a study of historical newspapers will confirm. Sometimes reports reflect an editorial bias, and sometimes they simply reflect what the reporter knows at the time, with updates being added as new information from more sources surfaces.
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Great look at media over time (on the same subject)
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College Student Creates A Mobile Directory Of 600 Books That Prioritize Diversity

College Student Creates A Mobile Directory Of 600 Books That Prioritize Diversity | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Looking for books about people of color, written by people of color? So was Kaya Thomas.
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Why Map Historians Are Annoyed With Boston Public Schools

Why Map Historians Are Annoyed With Boston Public Schools | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The district started phasing in the Peters Projection, to much fanfare. But is it really better than the Mercator?
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Fascinating information on the "fight" between map professionals on the Boston map change a few weeks ago.  
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12 oldest continuously inhabited cities

12 oldest continuously inhabited cities | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Here's our list of the 12 oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.
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Interesting look at history, carbon dating, and urbanization over time.  
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Tweet from @USNatArchives

Great #PrimarySources from @USNatArchives. https://t.co/5MVCR4B3JQ
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The 100th anniversary of the US entering WWI is in April 2017.  Join many social media giants for the WWI Social Media Day!

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About a Boy–On the Sociological Relevance of Calvin (and Hobbes) - Sociological Images

About a Boy–On the Sociological Relevance of Calvin (and Hobbes) - Sociological Images | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The Society Pages (TSP) is an open-access social science project headquartered in the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota
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Do YOU use Calvin and Hobbes in Sociology class?  :D
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Primarily Teaching Summer Workshop for Educators

Primarily Teaching Summer Workshop for Educators | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
This summer, join us for one of our Primarily Teaching workshops for educators on using historical documents in the classroom. We'll conduct research with original documents in the holdings of the National Archives and Presidential Libraries. Discover some of those incredible teachable documents that help educators and students unlock the past. You will explore a specific…
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Copy of Songs to Use in History / Literature Lessons

Copy of Songs to Use in History / Literature Lessons | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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Song Title, Artist, Unit, Relevant Topic/ Theme?, Link?, Submitted by
Russians, Sting, Cold War, Idle threats, senseless agression, human impact of politics, http:// bit. ly/ 1mCxuAQ,@ davidhochheiser
Ironic, Alanis Morisette, Figurative Language, Irony, https:// www. youtube. com
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Crowdsourced songs for use in the classroom - we know  how much music means to many teenagers, and this is a GREAT way to make connections!
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A Flag, a Dinner Bell, and a Hand-Dug Well: Using Artifacts to Make Meaningful Connections to the Past - American Historical Association

A Flag, a Dinner Bell, and a Hand-Dug Well: Using Artifacts to Make Meaningful Connections to the Past - American Historical Association | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
An AHA 2017 session introduced Michelle Martin to new strategies for using artifacts to reinterpret history at historic house museums.
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A look at the hidden or unwritten history in living history museums, and the use of artifacts in living history.  The author uses the example of the Little House on the Prairie living history museum in Kansas and the lack of any mention of the land the Ingalls family built their home on was actually highly contested Osage land.  
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How Will History Books Record the Events of Your Lifetime?

How Will History Books Record the Events of Your Lifetime? | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
A new tool from The Atlantic allows you to explore your time on earth so far through the lens of history.
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The Atlantic unveiled a new tool that looks at what has happened in your lifetime.  Very fun!
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Play "The Fiscal Ship" and make your own plan to keep U.S. debt from rising

Play "The Fiscal Ship" and make your own plan to keep U.S. debt from rising
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Online game to help students better understand the US debt.
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What’s Happening at the Oroville Dam?

What’s Happening at the Oroville Dam? | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
UNITED STATES The damaged California dam is in the spotlight now, but it’s not alone among the facilities needing upgrades. (Nat Geo News) Why do we have dams? Use our resources to better understand. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas…
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Great blog from Nat Geo not only on the potential failure at Oroville Dam, but national infrastructure, severe weather changes, and solutions.  
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Researchers uncover vast numbers of unknown Nazi killing fields

Researchers uncover vast numbers of unknown Nazi killing fields | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The 'Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos,' set for completion in 2025, has now documented 42,500 sites of Nazi persecution -- over eight times more than predicted. And the number keeps on rising
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The rise and fall of the world’s cities, mapped

The rise and fall of the world’s cities, mapped | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
This video clip shows how cities developed around the world over 6 millennia
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Interesting look at urbanization over time - although I couldn't tell what they defined as a "city".  
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What is the Gibraltar Dispute?

What is the Gibraltar Dispute? | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
POLITICS Why have tensions risen over Gibraltar and why is it important? (BBC) Customize your own map of this disputed territory here. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including today's simple MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas The tiny territory (6.5 kilometers, or 2.5 square miles) of Gibraltar is suddenly dominating world…
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Nat Geo offers a lesson on the Gibraltar dispute
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3 Features You Need to Know About the New Holocaust and Human Behavior

3 Features You Need to Know About the New Holocaust and Human Behavior | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Three new features educators need to know about the newly revised version of Facing History's seminal case study, Holocaust and Human Behavior
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Facing History and Ourselves has updated their seminal resource "Holocaust and Human Behavior".  What's new?  Take a look.
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Brexit: All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU - BBC News

Brexit: All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU - BBC News | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
A guide to how the UK will leave the European Union following the 23 June referendum vote.
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Excellent, easy to understand overview of Brexit.
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A Whole New World in Boston Public Schools

A Whole New World in Boston Public Schools | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
GEOGRAPHY Students throughout Boston are getting a radically different view of the world, one map projection at a time. (NPR) Why is designing a world map so difficult? Use our activity to better understand what distortions occur when modeling a spherical surface on a flat map. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key…
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Boston Public Schools have switched to using the Gall-Peters map projection instead of the historically common Mercator.  It's an interesting read in looking at WHY this decision was made, and Nat Geo also offers some lesson ideas for teaching about map projections.  
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Appeals court affirms order to remove Confederate monuments

Appeals court affirms order to remove Confederate monuments | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling allowing New Orleans to remove three Confederate monuments in the city – likely resolving the case in which the Southern Poverty Law Center and others filed a legal brief that urged the monuments’ removal and documented their connections to the Confederacy’s legacy of white supremacy.
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Could lead to some interesting inquiries in the classroom - should Confederate monuments be removed?  
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When Teaching Slavery Goes Wrong

When Teaching Slavery Goes Wrong | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
This morning I came across a wonderful series of tweets from historian Kidada Williams, who was responding to recent controversies involving k-12 teachers and lesson plans about slavery that go very wrong. We've all seen these reports. Teachers with the best of intentions set up mock slave auctions
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Very interesting blog post on the mistakes in teaching slavery that we see happen way too often.  
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Gender Reversal Teaches Uncomfortable Lessons - Marginal REVOLUTION

Gender Reversal Teaches Uncomfortable Lessons - Marginal REVOLUTION | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
How would the Trump-Clinton debates have been perceived if the genders had been reversed? Two professors worked with trained actors to duplicate not just the words but also the mannerisms of Trump and Clinton–only with a female actor playing Trump, now […]
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This is an absolutely fascinating look at gender reversal in the 2016 presidential election debates.  Take a look - what happens when a woman is speaking Donald Trump's lines, and a  man is speaking Hilary Clinton's?  Perhaps not what you expect...
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Visualizing Gender Inequality in a Feminist Bookstore - Sociological Images

Visualizing Gender Inequality in a Feminist Bookstore - Sociological Images | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The Society Pages (TSP) is an open-access social science project headquartered in the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota
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A bookstore turned all books written by males backwards...so what do you see?
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Virtual Field Trip Data Base

Virtual Field Trip Data Base | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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Type, Grade Level, Subject, Topic, Title, Link, Price, Special Dates, Notes
Live, K-12, STEM, Adaptation, Adapt to Survive, http:// www. perotmuseum. org/ events-and-programs/ school-programs/ sciencecast-distance-learning/ index. html, Free
Live, 3-4, STEM, Agriculture, Cotton
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Contemporary Antisemitism and Youth

Contemporary Antisemitism and Youth | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Students reflect on present-day antisemitism encountered online and on college campuses, and explore examples of youth who are standing up to it.
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From Facing History & Ourselves - help students understand Antisemitism.
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Are We Covering or Are Students Discovering?

Are We Covering or Are Students Discovering? | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Rather than "covering" a curriculum with instruction driven by a textbook, the authors advocate planning lessons that focus on big ideas & student understanding
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