Topic: Geography

Current Event December 1, 2013

Faulkner’s Southern Inspiration

Literature Geography Writing

William Faulkner was a private man and a proud Southerner. He is considered by many to be a literary genius. Faulkner wrote frankly about the South, where he lived his entire life. His work brought him acclaim including a Nobel Prize and two Pulitzer Prizes. From 'The Sound and the Fury' to 'As I Lay Dying,' Faulkner took the reader into the mind of his characters by presenting distinct points of view and a stream of consciousness writing style. Learn more about this great American author by exploring his antebellum home in Oxford Mississippi.

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Current Event November 21, 2013

Low-cost Private Schools in Kenya

Education Geography

Several non-profits are targeting families in Africa making less than $2 per day: they want to give those families' children a chance to gain a world class education with affordable tuition. However, stakeholders in Africa feel like chains of low-cost private schools are actually accomplishing the opposite and do not allow access to education for the poorest kids. Discuss with your students the importance of education and what kind of aid is actually helpful by listening to this story.

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Current Event November 20, 2013

Deadly Typhoon Ravages Philippines

Earth and Space Science Geography Weather and Climate

Over the weekend, thousands of people in the Philippines died as Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the area. It was one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded. Listen to this story to understand why this storm caused so much damage.

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Current Event October 25, 2013

Saudi Women Taking the Wheel to Protest Driving Ban

Gender World History II Geography

In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, activists are challenging the ban on women driving by taking the wheel and documenting their protests by video. Madiha Al Ajroush, a longtime advocate of women driving, compares the inability to drive like cutting one's legs off and taking the wheelchair away. This is not the first attempt to challenge the ban. There were two previous attempts in 1990 and 2011. Use this story to talk to your students about the struggle for women's rights on a global scale and how that compares to rights women currently have in the United States.

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Current Event February 24, 2010

Holi, a Festival of Colors

Geography

Holi, a traditional festival of Spring in India, is celebrated with water balloons, water fights, and of course, tons of different, bright colors. Now, the festivals are large attractions at universities across America.

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