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 Post subject: North Korea (also, LW wants lesson planning brainstorms!)
PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 5:48 pm 
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I know there are a few people interested in North Korea here, so I thought I'd ask for some input.

My students are generally not very aware of current events, but many have been scared by the current threats from North Korea and some are even convinced that we are about to get nuked. It doesn't seem like they are getting much in their government classes outside of the textbook (to be fair, they have a strict curriculum and state test, so this time of year, I doubt those teachers have much wiggle room). I've been hearing them talk a lot about North Korea lately.

Sooo. After our state test, I'll have about a week or so before they disperse before graduation. I'm thinking of doing something on the fabulous North Korea Uncovered google earth project. I'm also going to really tie earth science into it. I already mentioned how seismographs help us see what they are testing, and the kids were really into that. I don't have to do much to justify applicability to my course since its after state tests, and using maps/Google Earth gives me all the tie in I need shoud anybody ask, so my main goal is really going to be helping the kids understand this complex situation better and to maybe make it less scary.

Anybody have some good resources that I could use to get myself up to better speed and maybe something appropriate for them? For myself, kindle books are good. I'll be poking around a lot myself as I have time; I won't be needing this lesson planned for a few weeks.

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I loved "Nothing to Envy." It's mostly the story of about 6 North Korean people during the early '90s famine in a city on whose name I'm spacing, not Pyongyang.

Another interesting, but possibly less enlightening, book is Guy DeLisle's "Pyongyang." It's a graphic novel, so it's a quick read but I love his work, he is an illustrator who has gone to random interesting places to live for a while either for his animation work or with his MSF-doctor wife.


ETA: Netflix also has this fairly good documentary on Instant Watch. https://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Nati ... kid=438403


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Thanks. I'd forgotten about that graphic novel. I bookmarked it ages ago to buy on Amazon. That might be something to bring in for the kids to look through.

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Here's a (recent!) TED Talk you could use:
http://www.ted.com/talks/hyeonseo_lee_m ... korea.html

And some lesson plans:
http://www.nea.org/tools/lessons/korea- ... sroom.html

A decent, and not too lengthy blog from the New Yorker (there are a bunch, but this one talks about escalation)
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/e ... korea.html


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Oh, awesome! I hadn't thought to check for TED talks. I use those all the time in class, especially for oceanography and astronomy. The kids really like them.

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I learned a lot from Sophie Schmidt's (daughter of google exec) blog about her trip to North Korea with her dad. The pictures and descriptions were great! https://sites.google.com/site/sophieinnorthkorea/

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How old are your kids?

"Escape From Camp 14" is... I don't know, I want to say things like "shocking." As a child he turns in classmates and adults he knows will be killed for whatever tiny infraction they're guilty of, and there's no food, and he's tortured for things his family members did that he didn't even know about. It might be interesting for sparking a discussion of human rights and what it does to people to grow up basically in a prison camp and stuff like that, but it would probably give younger kids nightmares.

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yeah, i was thinking of the recent interviews on radio and such about Escape from Camp 14 but it was just so horrible in many ways.

I've heard a few interviews with Victor Cha which were interesting. I bet you could find some interesting resources around his name and his book "The Impossible State".
http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012 ... korean-war

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I definitely don't want to get too heavy or depressing, especially our last unit of the year! The kids are mostly 18 though. But I don't want to give myself nightmares; I'm a total wimp, so I have to make sure I'm mentally able to handle heavier stuff.

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i also heard recently about [more depressing stuff] rising rates of domestic violence due to rise of the black market and women being the money makers and men having trouble accepting it [in a nutshell]. however, the upshot of that was talking about google earth being the source for mapping the black markets and i bet you could find lots of stuff about that online, as it's been pretty widely talked about.

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torque wrote:
I've heard a few interviews with Victor Cha which were interesting. I bet you could find some interesting resources around his name and his book "The Impossible State".

Yes. I remembered last night that he was on the Colbert Report recently:
http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colber ... victor-cha


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It might be a bit too depressing for your kids, but this is quite possibly the best book at life for the underclass and disparaged people of North Korea. The Aquariums of Pyongyang

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Forgot about this one, google tech talk with Dong Hyuk Shin, a NK defector, born and raised in a concentration camp.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms4NIB6xroc

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