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.
Here is a set of fantastic project guidelines for a World History research paper, including over 60 possible research topics and guiding questions. Templates for source citations and summaries are included, as well as a very detailed essay rubric.
Students research contemporary people who have made an impact on America's history. For this contemporary people lesson, students discuss the work and accomplishments of Joe DeLaCruz. They read several articles about him and analyze the information.
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classroom activities toward the beginning of the resource, its true value lies in the reproductions of such major historical documents as the United States Declaration of Independence, the Haitian Declaration of Independence, and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.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.
Students 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.
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 interpret historical evidence presented in primary resources. In this World War I activity, students examine World War I posters. Young scholars 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.
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.
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.
Upper graders consider contemporary Chinese economics, political viewpoints, and government. This unit covers a span of several class periods or six days, and engages learners in a variety of skills based activities. They conduct Internet reasearch, engage in discussion groups, create essay outlines, present multimedia presentations, and synthesize and evaluate informational resource. A full appendix is included.
Ninth graders investigate each nation chosen by your team. Each of you be responsible for one area of expertise and gather data in your area for each country you explore. Your role rotate as you travel to each country.
Students examine the topic of same-sex marriage as a campaign issue, by reading and discussing "Gay-Marriage Fight Finds Ambivalence From Evangelicals." students evaluate the top five issues of importance to them;.
Check out this fantastic research project where learners work to see the modern world through the eyes of a historian and analyze a contemporary event of their choice. An in-depth reflection on the project is given by the project creator, as well as all the necessary project worksheets and handouts involving source analysis and research/presentation guidelines.
New! Propaganda Posters
Don't be put off by the fact that the World War I propaganda posters in this packet are Canadian and some of them are even in French. All the better, in fact, to see the techniques. The richly detailed plan has instructors model analyzing basic propaganda techniques in a poster and then guiding learners through the process before individuals design their own World War I poster. US World War I posters are available from the World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial.
High schoolers analyze the events leading to U.S. entry into World War I. They read a speech by President Wilson and an opposition speech, list the reasons each gives for American entry into the war, and complete a Venn diagram.
If you are looking for a creative way to review the historical figures and groups that influenced the events of World War II, this lesson is for you. With a long list of resources, this activity could be used when you are assigning research on pertinent historical figures and groups. These include, Hitler, Mussolini, Roosevelt, Churchill, and the Nazis. After pupils have conducted research, they answer questions about their topic.
Students examine world history by writing an essay in class. For this World War II lesson, students identify the attack on Pearl Harbor, the response from the U.S and the effect it had on Japanese-Americans. Students define Japanese internment and write a five paragraph essay regarding the situation.