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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, 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.
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.
Eighth graders examine photographic images of the 1950s to discover how photographers captured the story of their contemporary world. In this Art History lesson, 8th graders demonstrate historical perspective by participating in a class discussion of events that shaped American and Louisiana history. Students analyze cartoons, photographs, posters, and other visual medium to identify opinion, propaganda, or bias.
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.
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.
Tenth graders analyze a biographical piece of art by Raymond Saunders. They identify shapes, symbols, and lines that are used, and how the piece relates to the artist's life and modern society. They design and create an original piece of art that uses contemporary symbols to address current social and political issues.
Tenth graders are introduced to the major issues affecting the world today. Using the internet, they research one of the major topics of gender equality, poverty, education and children's rights. They create a portfolio of the information they gather and identify the responsiblity of others as they present their information to the class.
Tenth graders assess the Canadian International Development Agency themes of poverty, education, children's rights, gender equality, and environmental issues. They choose one area to research and create portfolios about them. Once students have presented their findings, they consider how their own experiences differ from them.
Students examine how personal responsibility affects globalization. In this global issues lesson, students explore ethnicity, economics, media, and technologies as they relate to globalization. Students then read a speech by Tony Blair about the challenges of being globally connected and write their own speeches in response to Blair's.
Twelfth graders examine the impact of globalization on modern society. In this global studies lesson, 12th graders read selected articles about globalization and discuss their impressions. Students also perform inquiry research and write essays that address fair trade, liberalism, and other globalization issues.
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.
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.
“Humanscape No.65” by Melesia Casas and Ester Hernandez’s “Sun Maid Raisins” launch a study of how works of art can advocate for social change. After examining these two works and discussing the human rights issues raised, class members are encouraged to create their own advocacy graphic. Learning links, reflections, service opportunities, and worksheets are included in the richly detailed plan.