Humanities > History: Modern > American War of Independence
Ready for a revolution? Tim and Moby teach you about the American War of Independence, and who and what helped jumpstart the Revolution. Learn about some major points during the war, including the first battle, a call by one famous pamphleteer for independence, and a victory for the colonists that acted as a turning point by bringing European nations to the defence of the fledgling country. Finally, find out how and when the war ended, and what George Washington had to do with it all. They don’t call him the father of his country for nothing!
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PSHE > Health and Wellbeing > Ebola
Ebola outbreaks are scary, but don’t let fear and panic spread faster than the virus itself. Tim and Moby diagnose the facts behind this serious disease and trace the history of the Ebola virus, from its discovery in Africa in 1976 to the most recent outbreak in 2014. Learn about its symptoms, how contagious it is, and how difficult it is to actually catch it. See how doctors treat Ebola, and why researchers are working overtime to develop a vaccine.
Humanities > History: Modern > Ottoman Empire
For hundreds of years, the Mediterranean region was dominated by the Ottoman Empire, an Islamic kingdom centered in Turkey. In this BrainPOP UK movie, you’ll discover how a tribe of nomadic people from Central Asia expanded until they were able to crush the legendary Byzantine Empire. Learn how the Ottoman Empire grew by conquering region after region, how it entered a long period of decline in the 16th century, and how it all came to an end in World War I. You’ll meet remarkable leaders like Suleiman the Magnificent, the empire’s greatest ruler, and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who founded the modern nation of Turkey out of its ashes.
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Humanities > Religion, Society, and Ethics > Political Beliefs
What do platforms have to do with politics? Find out in this BrainPOP UK movie, as Tim and Moby introduce you to the sometimes crazy world of political beliefs and political parties! Hear about some of the core beliefs that people share, and where they come from. Find out how individuals form their political beliefs, and why certain forces can shape our beliefs. Plus, discover why you don’t have to vote for a person from your party, and when — and how — it’s OK to argue about politics. Remember: Vote early and often!
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PSHE > Financial > Taxes
Have you ever wondered what taxes are really all about (you’ll hear then discussed many times in the upcoming election!)? Tim and Moby tell you exactly how they’re used and why they exist. Find out some of the many things that your family’s taxes pay for, including motorways, schools, and parks, and learn the difference between types of taxes. Plus, Tim and Moby will introduce you to income tax and teach you about how you’re taxed at a higher rate as your income rises.
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Humanities > History: Modern > Thirteen Colonies
How many colonies does it take to make a country? If you’re talking about the United States, the answer is 13! Tim and Moby take you on a tour of the original Thirteen Colonies. Learn where the first permanent British settlement in North America was founded, and who fought the Seven Years War. Discover where the Pilgrims landed, and why they—and other settlers—decided to make the journey across the Atlantic Ocean in the first place. Explore the differences and similarities between the lives of colonists from the New England Colonies, the Middle Colonies and the Southern Colonies. And you’ll get a sneak peek at what led them all to join together against the mighty British Empire! Next stop: revolution!
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Humanities > History: Modern > Underground Railroad
During the years prior to the American Civil War, tens of thousands of African-American slaves won their freedom by heading north along the Underground Railroad, and Tim and Moby will tell you all about the treacherous journey they took. Learn the origin of the term “underground railroad” (no, it didn’t really run underground!), and find out why people called abolitionists risked prison time to help slaves escape. Learn about Harriet Tubman, the most famous “conductor” in the history of the railroad, and how something called the Fugitive Slave Law inflamed public opinion against slavery.
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