Contemporary World Issues Teacher Resources

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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. 
This resource is rich with primary and secondary source material regarding major events in the Atlantic world during the Age of Revolution. While there are suggested classroom activities toward the beginning of the resource, its true value lies in the reproductions of such major historical documents as the United States Declaration of Independence, the Haitian Declaration of Independence, and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Use the sentence frames in the Classroom Guide as a solid framework for considering the theme of freedom and what it means to different individuals as you review the instructional materials.
Learners 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.
Students assess how global trade impacts the businesses and industries of their city. They explore world trade and interview people at related business and industries.
Students research contemporary people who have made an impact on America's history. In this contemporary people lesson plan, students discuss the work and accomplishments of Joe DeLaCruz. They read several articles about him and analyze the information.  
Students conduct oral history interviews and research historical and contemporary media articles about multiculturalism and diversity.
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.
Young scholars 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.
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.
Students 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 explore characteristics of Indian Tales/ Parables. In this literature lesson, 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.
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.
Learners explore the nature of freedom of the press through examining a story about the capture and torture of journalists in Zimbabwe. They participate in a round-table discussion of the issues. They research an African country of their choice.
Learners research the role played and contributions made by African American soldiers during World War I. They discuss the evolution of civil rights in America's history, and the progress that has been made in the last 100 years.
Learners interpret historical evidence presented in primary resources. In this World War I instructional activity, students examine World War I posters. Learners investigate the use of propaganda strategies in the posters and discuss the visual metaphors.
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.