Thursday, March 8, 2018

World Geography 2018 - Chapter 23 - Today's Issues - SW Asia

World Geography 2018
Chapter 23
Today's Issues - Southwest Asia

*Originally published March 9, 2017

Chapter 23 Classwork

Chapter 23 Classwork Modified

Chapter 23 Vocabulary

Vocabulary Activity 18

Reteaching Activity 18

Vocabulary Activity 18 (key)

Reteaching Activity 18 (key)

Guided Reading Activity 19-1

Guided Reading Activity 19-2

Guided Reading Activity 19-1 key

Guided Reading Activity 19-2 key

Monday, March 5, 2018

Hotel Rwanda

Hotel Rwanda - A True Story

*Originally published March 3, 2016 and March 8, 2017

The students in Coach Ashley's World Geography classes are watching Hotel Rwanda, an excellent movie about one man's effort to help save hundreds of Rwandans victims of a civil war.

Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle), a Hutu, manages the Hôtel des Mille Collines and lives a happy life with his Tutsi wife (Sophie Okonedo) and their three children. But when Hutu military forces initiate a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Tutsi minority, Paul is compelled to allow refugees to take shelter in his hotel. As the U.N. pulls out, Paul must struggle alone to protect the Tutsi refugees in the face of the escalating violence later known as the Rwandan genocide.

Tensions between the Hutu and Tutsi peoples lead to a civil war, in a country where corruption and bribes are routine. Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle), the manager of Sabena Hôtel des Mille Collines, is Hutu but his wife, Tatiana (Sophie Okonedo), is Tutsi. His marriage is a source of friction with Hutu extremists, most prominently George Rutaganda, a friendly supplier to the hotel who also is the local leader of Interahamwe, a brutal anti-Tutsi militia.

As the political situation in the country deteriorates, Paul and his family observe neighbors being dragged from their homes and openly beaten in the streets. Paul curries favor with people of influence, bribing them with money and alcohol, seeking to maintain sufficient influence to keep his family safe. When civil war erupts and a Rwandan Army officer threatens Paul and his neighbors, Paul barely negotiates their safety, and brings everyone to the hotel. More refugees come to the hotel from the overburdened United Nations camp, the Red Cross, and orphanages. Paul must divert the Hutu soldiers, care for the refugees, be a source of strength to his family, and maintain the appearance of a functioning high-class hotel, as the situation becomes more and more violent, with mobs in the streets just outside the gates.

The UN Peacekeeping forces, led by Colonel Oliver (Nick Nolte), are unable to take assertive action against the Interhamwe since they are forbidden to intervene in the genocide. The foreign nationals are evacuated, but the Rwandans are left behind. When the UN forces attempt to evacuate a group of refugees, including Paul's family, they are ambushed and must turn back. In a last-ditch effort to save the refugees, Paul speaks to the Rwandan Army General, Augustin Bizimungu (Fana Mokoena) and when the bribes no longer work, he blackmails him with threats of being tried as a war criminal. The family and the hotel refugees finally leave the besieged hotel in a UN convoy, and they travel through retreating masses of refugees and militia to reach safety behind Tutsi rebel lines.


Updates* 3/9/17
Hotel Rwanda Study Questions (original)

Hotel Rwanda Study Questions

Hotel Rwanda Study Questions (key)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

World Geography 2018 - Chapter 22 - Human Geography of SW Asia

World Geography 2018
Chapter 22
Human Geography of SW Asia
Religion, Politics, and Oil

*Originally published March 2, 2017

Chapter 22 Classwork

Chapter 22 Classwork Modified

Chapter 22 Vocabulary

Guided Reading Activity 18-1

Guided Reading Activity 18-2