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11th, 12th, AP® / College


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

Resource Types

  • Lesson Plan
  • Video, 11 minutes, 50 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Worksheet
  • Activity - Classroom
  • Article
  • Video, 14 minutes, 22 seconds, CC
  • Video, 9 minutes, 59 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Project

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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 and Engineering
    • 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.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.9-12.5 Provide an accurate summary of various texts; determine the central idea(s) or theme(s) and analyze its development throughout each text.
      • R.9-12.7 Interpret words and phrases as they are used in various texts, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
    • Speaking and Listening (K-12)
      • SL.9-12.1 Prepare for and participate in conversations across a range of topics, types, and forums, building on others' ideas and expressing their own.
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.9-12.3 Routinely produce a variety of clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, audience, and purpose.
  • Social Studies
    • History
      • History 1 (D2): Students understand major eras, major enduring themes, and historic influences in United States and world history, including the roots of democratic philosophy, ideals, and institutions in the world by analyzing and critiquing major historical eras: major enduring themes, turning points, events, consequences, and people in the history of the world and the implications for the present and future.
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