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11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Economics, History, English Language Arts

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  • Videos, 11 minutes, 50 seconds, CC, Subtitles
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  • Activity - Classroom
  • Articles and Websites
  • Videos, 14 minutes, 22 seconds, CC
  • Videos, 9 minutes, 59 seconds, CC, Subtitles
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Technology and the Environment

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  • In this interactive lesson, students learn about the development of modern technologies, advancements in medicine, changes to agricultural practices, globalization, and human population trends to assess the causes and effects of environmental changes since 1900.
  • Covering topics like infectious diseases, environmentalism, fertilizers, and exponential population growth, the lesson includes videos, articles, discussion questions, and in-class activities.
Teaching Tips


  • This resource is a great way to link world history and climate change or environmental studies.
  • The teacher's version includes discussion questions, a quick guide for using each resource, sample answers, and evaluation questions.
  • The teacher portal includes access to forums, a blog, events, and professional development and planning resources for educators.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The teacher and students must create an account to access the course.
  • It is recommended that students skim the transcript of the videos and accompanying questions before watching.
  • Since this lesson is part of a year-long AP World History course, when students create an account, the teacher should direct them to section 9.1.


  • Although designed to fit into an AP curriculum, this resource can be used anytime during the year during lessons about globalization, innovation, technology, and the history of the environment.
  • Printable versions of the activity worksheets, readings, and video transcripts are available on the teacher and student portals.
  • You can select to pause the videos at each key idea to ensure students understand the main points.
  • This can be used in a flipped classroom or have students complete the video and online components as homework.
  • Science classes can use this lesson to connect to anatomy and physiology topics, infectious diseases and the endocrine system, population dynamics, carrying capacity, sources of greenhouse gas pollution, or numerous ecology topics.
Scientist Notes
The resource lets students understand the history of globalization and the positive and adverse impacts it has created on humans and the environment. There is a high confidence in using this resource in the classroom.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-3. Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-1. Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.9-10.2 Objectively and accurately summarize texts, from a variety of genres, to determine one or more themes or central ideas and analyze its development, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details. (RI&RL)
      • R.11-12.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases, including figurative and connotative meanings. Analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning, tone, and mood, including words with multiple meanings. Analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of technical or key term(s) over the course of a text. (RI&RL)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.9-10.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on topics, texts, and issues, listening actively, and building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.9-10.2 Write text in a variety of modes: a) Write arguments and literary analysis to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning, literary theory, and relevant and sufficient evidence which introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence. Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly, supplying evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience's knowledge level and concerns; b) Write informative texts that examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content by introducing a topic; organizing complex ideas, concepts, and information to make important connections and distinctions; including formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension; developing the topic with well chosen, relevant, and sufficient facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, and other information and examples appropriate to the audience's knowledge of the topic; c) Write narratives that develop real or imagined experiences or events using relevant descriptive details, and well structured event sequences that organize an event sequence logically. Engages and orients the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator or characters; using techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, and reflection, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
      • W.9-10.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem that is rhetorically authentic and culturally sustaining; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating an understanding of the subject under investigation.
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