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Exploring Geography Through African History [electronic resource]

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Lisa Farrow, a Seventh Grade World Cultures teacher at Shiloh Middle School in Baltimore, Maryland, provides her students with an understanding of African history and geography. After creating a personal timeline, the students create a historical timeline of Africa, focusing on the Bantu migrations, the rise of Islam, the West African trading empires, the Turkish empire, the slave trade, and European colonialism. Students take an active role in group work as they create maps and captions that define each period. Ms. Farrow concentrates on the importance of the trading empires and their connection to Africa's history as a whole.
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2003
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Gender-Based Distinctions [electronic resource]

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In Tim Rockey's 10th Grade World History class at Sunnyslope High School in Phoenix, Arizona, Mr. Rockey reviews the concept of civil rights, with a focus on women's rights. Students evaluate the "reasonableness" standard as set by the court and come to understand where the court has drawn the line for gender-based decisions. They explore the following questions: Can public taverns cater only to men? Can females be excluded from contact sports? Can a state military college exclude women? After examining Supreme Court cases, students render a judgment of the validity of the standard of equal rights.
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2003