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URBAN AND RURAL LIFE
  • City or Country Life? [National Geographic]
    For grades 3-5. Countries in East Asia have especially extreme population densities in their cities. Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, and Hong Kong reflect urban living conditions in Eastern Asia. Life in small villages in agricultural areas represents a dramatic contrast to city life in Eastern Asia. This lesson explores the advantages and challenges of life in urban and rural areas.

  • Cities in Asia [National Geographic]
    For grades 6-8. After identifying the characteristics of cities, students will analyze the influence of geography on patterns of urban settlement and the role geography plays in the types of cities that develop. Students will create a list of different types of cities and then compare and analyze different Asian cities.

  • One Nation, Two Futures? [Wide Angle, PBS]
    For grade 10. This lesson, using clips from the WIDE ANGLE film "To Have and Have Not" (2002) (available on the site, free of charge), can be used after a lesson on the Communist Revolution and Mao's rule. A basic knowledge of China's geography, of the tenets of Chinese Communism, and of Mao's efforts to redirect the course of China's future by means of the Cultural Revolution, is required for the successful completion of the lesson.
NOMADIC LIFE
  • Nomads: Where Boundaries Move [National Geographic]
    For grades 3-5. This exercise explores the way humans have adapted to regions that do not sustain communities through agriculture and the influence this has on how they live and view the boundaries of their home.

CASTLE TOWNS IN 17TH-CENTURY JAPAN

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