Unit Theme Resources

Below are links to various materials we've created to support students' work on the unit theme: Independence and Interdependence.

Think Like a Geographer

Here are links to Internet resources that can be used to support instruction of the “Think Like a Geographer” feature for this unit: How Has the Aswan Dam Affected Its Environment?

The Building of the First Aswan Dam and the Inundation of Lower Nubia
This site offers a photo essay on the construction of the first Aswan Dam.
The Southeastern Mediterranean Ecosystem Revisited
This online essay describes the effects of the Aswan Dam on the southeastern Mediterranean ecosystem.

Links for Citizenship

Here are links to Internet resources that can be used to support instruction of the “Citizenship” feature for this unit: Can You Make Peace?

Japanese American Internment Online Exhibit
During World War II, the United States government forcibly held Japanese Americans in camps across the West. This site is memorial to that experience, and includes an example of a civilian exclusion order (the evacuation notice), maps and photographs of the evacuation areas and camps, and the government apology issued by President George Bush to the internees.
Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
This site features “Long Walk to Freedom,” the compelling autobiography of Nelson Mandela, the Nobel Peace Prize recipient and President of South Africa. The site contains excerpts from the autobiography, a map of Robben Island, one of the prisons in South Africa in which Mandela was jailed, and various photographs of him. The site also contains links to his Nobel acceptance and presidential inauguration speeches, and much more.