Contemporary World Issues Teacher Resources
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The Contemporary World - The HIV/AIDS Pandemic in Africa & Canada's Response
Students research the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa as an example of a contemporary global issue and will explore the ways in which the disease is being addressed with an emphasis on the Canadian government. In this HIV/AIDS lesson plan, students work in groups to reseach AIDS-related interventions. Students role-play as a Canadian NGO working in Malawi and design a project to help a village facing the AIDS pandemic.
Advertising in the Contemporary World: An Introduction to Persuasive Texts
Beginning a persuasive writing unit with your middle schoolers? Approach it through something that persuades us all: advertising! Through studying video and print advertisement, your class will practice Common Core skills for reading informational texts. They will also sharpen their narrative writing prowess as they study and craft emotional charged stories meant to persuade. Includes several handouts that are sure to help any ELA teacher lead up to a more in-depth persuasive writing unit.
The World's Water Woes
Students discuss their community's water sources and assess the factors affecting the water availability and quality. They research water disputes around the world and explain common factors among them.
Young scholars assess how global trade impacts the businesses and industries of their city. They explore world trade and interview people at related business and industries.
Big Brother vs. Little Brother: Updating Orwell's 1984
Government surveillance is an enduring conflict that has become increasingly complex with our nation's use of technology. Add to the understanding of Orwell’s 1984 by using the resources here that display the contemporary actions of Big Brother. Included are high-quality articles and studies of 1984, and how the conflicts of the novel are reflected today. There are ideas on how to use technology and drama to make the novel come to life for different learners. Some educators might find that there is too much to do here, but the design is easy to pare down without sacrificing content knowledge.
Animal Tales Around the World
Students explore characteristics of Indian Tales/ Parables. In this literature instructional activity, students compare contemporary society to western culture through analysis. Students create their own tales using this genre.
Students work on a 'campaign committee' to define civic issues that are important to them and their community. They write letters to city officials with proposals for how to address these issues.
World Consumption: Unequal Slices of the Pie
Students interpret the United Nations Human Development Reports and explain the relevance and use of the human development index in offering insight into a nation and its challenges. They draft a letter to the United Nations.
Originating from the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem, here is a resource to support your world historians in their study of World War II, the Holocaust, your cultural scholars learning about anti-semitism, or your readers as they dig into The Diary of Anne Frank or Elie Weisel's Night. Ten statements for discussion are presented; the teacher resource provides online resources for readings and background information and question ideas to guide group and whole-class discussion. The website for Yad Vashem has a wealth of other curriculum as well.
Protecting Our Natural World: Issues of Conservation
Young scholars explore various agencies that were created to protect the environment and the tension that was created in our country when they were formed. They show their findings in a variety of ways, including posters, research papers, projects, etc.
Students research contemporary people who have made an impact on America's history. In this contemporary people instructional activity, students discuss the work and accomplishments of Joe DeLaCruz. They read several articles about him and analyze the information.
Issues in Public Education During the Kentucky Civil Rights Era
Students conduct oral history interviews and research historical and contemporary media articles about multiculturalism and diversity.
World Fair? A Global Classroom Unit On Economic Rights
Students explore economic rights of people. After listening to statements and songs by people such as John Lennon and Mahatma Ghandi, students examine the truths and values depicted by each person. Students participate in a simulation to identify wealth distribution in the world. They discuss the gaps and inequalities in economic status. In groups, students prepare a dramatization about economic rights.
World History Fair and Exposition
Learners role-play as invitees to the World's Fair to develop a virtual electronic pavilion or poster presentation about the United States, its history and challenges. They act as tour guides giving their presentations and answering questions.
Students revisit issues of civil rights in the U.S. They use the recent national discussion of retiring Senator Strom Thurmond's 1948 Dixiecrat Presidential campaign as a starting point.
Learners explore the increasingly diverse civil rights movement by researching and profiling its key issues, main organizations, and top leaders.(August 25, 2003)
Learners discuss the term "women's issues". Students read "Pulling Strings: Invoking the Moral Authority of Moms." Learners explore and evaluate women's movements throughout American history. Students synthesize discoveries by creating a time line of significant Women's movements in American history.
Adding Fuel to the Fire
Students consider global warming and the greenhouse effect, then explore how these issues affect other countries. They graph findings and write papers considering how continued usage can affect the future of the atmosphere and the global economy.
A Geographic Perspective on Africa
Students examine the types of tools and maps used in Geography. They create their own geographic perspective in regards to Africa. Using an issue of their choice, they analyze the issue through the geographic perspective. They answer questions related to the issue they choose as well.
Students examine different decades in American history, finding connections between the historical events and the poetry written during these time periods. They write their own poetry based on current world events.