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Global Studies


Curriculum Kits Suggested Grade Level
Global Media Perspectives High School through College
Introducing Africa new Elementary School
Media Construction of the Middle East High School through College
Media Construction of War High School through College
Seeing Africa High School through College-
Available in the Summer of 2013
Soviet History through Posters High School through College





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Global Media Perspectives
High School through College
Includes a 120 page kit that provides the materials and background information needed to engage students in a dynamic and constructive process of learning how global media perspectives differ based on country of production, media source, target audience, and political and social context. There are five lessons representing important issues and media documents from: Africa (news and documentary film clips about the food crisis), Latin America (editorial cartoons about immigration), Europe (news and documentary film clips about Islam and cultural identity), India (magazine covers about India's rise in the global economy), and Southeast Asia (websites concerning Islamic majorities and minorities). Originally designed for a ninth grade global studies class, the lessons are easily modified for high school and college courses in history, journalism, geography, economics, and communications.

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Introducing Africa
Elementary School
Includes a 125-page kit with 18 photographs, 40 African dollar bills, and a puzzle wall map all designed to unearth stereotypes about Africa and helps to teach about diversity. In the first lesson, students challenge their own stereotypes about Africa through a series of photographs. After discussing the photographs, students examine how media constructions of Africa helped inform their responses. The second lesson uses currency as the medium to explore individual African countries’ constructions of the continent. Full-color, laminted copies of the photographs for Lesson 1: Unearthing Stereotypes and student handouts for Lesson 2: African Money are available in the Resources section of the kit.

 

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Media Construction of the Middle East
High School through College
Includes a 250-page kit that covers stereotyping of Arab people, the Arab/Israeli conflict, the war in Iraq and militant Muslim movements. This kit includes 22 lessons with 14 different types of media from documentaries, Disney films, TV news, maps, textbooks and web sites. Students will learn core information and vocabulary about the historical and contemporary Middle East issues that challenge stereotypical, simplistic and uninformed thinking, and political and ethical issues involving the role of media in constructing knowledge, evaluating historical truths, and objectivity and subjectivity in journalism. This kit supports the teaching of global studies, U.S. history, government, current events and media studies classes.

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Media Construction of War: A Critical Reading of History
High School through College
Includes a 125-page kit that analyzes Newsweek coverage of the Vietnam War, Gulf War and the War in Afghanistan. This kit includes three dozen slides of carefully selected Newsweek covers with teacher guides for each, histories of all three wars, a 12-minute video and a lesson plan on media coverage of the Persian Gulf War. Students will learn core information about the wars in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and Afghanistan, how media influences public opinion of current events, and how to ask key media literacy questions and identify bias in the news
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Seeing Africa
High School through College
Includes a 90 page kit with PowerPoint lessons, video clips, and student readings which explore African history, challenges stereotypical thinking about Africa, and helps students analyze and evaluate the meanings of mediated messages about Africa.


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Soviet History through Posters
High School through College
Includes a 130 page kit that helps decode the messages of political posters created by Soviet regimes from Lenin and Stalin through Breshnev and Gorbachev. Teachers lead students through the interactive process of applying their historical knowledge to the analysis of these documents using background and additional information and carefully selected probe questions. The kit includes slides of 78 posters with a one-page teacher guide for each. Students will learn core information and vocabulary about the history of the USSR, political and historical perspectives as communicated through visual media, visual literacy and media literacy skills, especially the ability to identify bias in art and propaganda

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