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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Travel Up the Mekong Delta to Angkor

Today, on Snag Films I watched Churning the Sea of Time. Churning the Sea of Time is an hour-long documentary chronicling director Les Guthman's journey up the Mekong Delta through Vietnam and into Cambodia. The history and culture of the region is explained as Guthman advances up the Mekong toward Angkor.

The film is embedded below.


Applications for Education
If you teach any lessons about Vietnam and or Cambodia, this film could be an excellent supplement to those lessons. If you do choose to show this film to your students you may also want to explore National Geographic's interactive animations of Angkor.

New Moon on Shmoop

In case you haven't heard, Stephenie Meyer's New Moon has been released as a new movie. Meyer's books are widely popular with teenage girls (boys read it too, but in much smaller numbers). So if you work in a high school or middle school setting you probably have students who have raved about the book and or went out late Thursday night to see a midnight showing of the New Moon movie. However, if you haven't had time or desire to read the book, you probably don't know what all the fuss is about. Fortunately, Shmoop has made it easy for those of us who haven't read New Moon to quickly figure out what the book is all about.

Shmoop now offers a guide to New Moon. In this guide you will find an overview, chapter by chapter summaries, discussion of themes, and a list of the characters in the story.

Applications for Education
If you're a middle school or high school teacher who hasn't had the time or interest to read New Moon, but you want to know what makes the story so appealing to your students, check out the New Moon guide from Shmoop.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
10 Questions for Stephenie Meyer
Shmoop In Spanish and 19 New Learning Guides
Shmoop Adds Civics and Biographies
Shmoop Study Guides for History and Literature

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