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Analyzing Maps: A new lesson with the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center

Ada Okun

Choices videos capture expertise of map specialists at the Boston Public Library. When I posed the question, “What is a map?” to my middle school students, their first response was something to the effect of, “It tells you how to get somewhere.” They mentioned Siri directing their family to a destination on a car ride. […]

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Lights, Camera, Action

Courtney Coelho

The Choices Program produces videos for new U.S. history curriculum. On a recent March morning, the Choices Program took over a room in Rhode Island Hall, a building on Brown’s College Green, and transformed it into a video set. There were two cameras and a host of lights, and at the center of it all […]

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Summer Program Scholars

Jillian McGuire Turbitt

This summer, scholars from Brown University and beyond will be joining us to give content presentation during our summer workshops. Read on to learn more about each scholar, his or her area of expertise, and what each will be speaking about during their presentation.  Explore all of our summer PD options. African Perspectives in World History […]

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History, Rewritten

Courtney Coelho

The first new unit, which they began in January, will chronicle the period from the end of the American Revolution through 1830. Titled A New Nation, the unit will highlight relevant themes, such as the dynamics of power, gender and race that were at play during that time, as well as labor and the economy.

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Teaching Tariffs and Trade

Andy Blackadar

These two very short videos produced by the Choices Program of Professor Mark Blyth provide brief and usable definitions that can be used as a springboard into a broader discussion about President Trump’s proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum.

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Connecting Students with Humanitarian Crises

Mimi Stephens

OpenStreetMap: A free, open & editable map connecting your students with humanitarian crises around the world. Did you recently use the Teaching with the News lesson Refugee Stories: Mapping a Crisis? Are your students eager to see real world applications of geography? If so, check out OpenStreetMap. OSM provides the platform for your students to play […]

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Immigration, Exclusion, and Race: It’s a Good Time to Teach About This

Andy Blackadar

We in the United States live in an era of superheated politics and a superheated news cycle where media attention flits from issue to issue, outrage to outrage. The president’s remarks on immigration from African countries and Haiti have put the spotlight squarely on him. The attitudes underlying his remarks deserve scrutiny. At the same […]

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We’re revamping our U.S. history series!

Jillian McGuire Turbitt

Choices is launching a new project that re-envisions our U.S. History Series. We will be adding new resources that provide additional breadth, depth, and rigor as well as new innovative lessons.

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The Kurdish Referendum

Andy Blackadar

On Monday, September 25, 2017, 92 percent of the Kurds in Iraq voted for independence in a vote that has been condemned by Iraq, Turkey, Iran, and Syria. Each of these countries, with their significant populations of Kurds, is reluctant to allow Kurds to establish an independent state.

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The Death of Liu Xiaobo

Andy Blackadar

Human right activist and Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiaobo died on July 13, 2017. I’ve reposted something I wrote in 2010 for the Watson Institute’s Global Conversation blog.

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