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Learners research the work of North American NGOs and select one to support with a financial contribution as a class. In this philanthropic research lesson plan, students consider the work of Benjamin Franklin, defining good citizenship and listing examples of his work. Learners also define and identify non-governmental organizations (NGO) and analyze why they are needed, as well as, how society benefits from their work.
Students examine the political situation in Haiti. They share their opinions on the role the United States should play in foreign governments. They identify the causes of the turmoil in the country as well.
Students read various arguments posed by John Dewey when it comes to population growth. In groups, they use magazine articles and the internet to find issues related to populations and complete experiments to identify the challenges associated with overpopulations. To end the lesson, they participate in a debate which they discuss the importance or non-importance of controlling the population.
In this current events worksheet, students analyze a political cartoon about recent world crises and respond to 3 talking point questions.
As scholars examine a simple political cartoon, they consider some of the crises of 2009: oil, foreign wars, energy, global warming, Swine Flu, etc. A list is provided for background information, and 3 talking points (or writing points) guide deeper thinking. Learners analyze the evidence and validity of citizen response as the cartoonist depicts it: panic. They consider whether or not the public overreacted to the Swine Flu pandemic, and which of the listed crises effected them the most.
Young scholars create a definition for family that is applicable to the African American. The make a collage made up of family pictures and present it to the class giving a brief explanation of the family members present in the collage. They interview a relative or family friend who has migrated from a Southern rural town.
Students discuss policy approaches in the Iraq crisis, They review assigned policy options to consider the values that underlie it and its pros and cons, and then develop a short presentation to give to the class.
Students read an article about the criticisms leveled at the Federal emergency Management Agency in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. They role-play as reporters questioning FEMA leaders about respoonses to disasters. Students create timelines highlighting the changes in the agency following disasters.
Students define hidden homelessness and recognize the problems associated with it.  In this hidden homelessness lesson plan, students view a case study and answer questions on a worksheet about hidden homelessness. Students calculate the costs of hidden homelessness.
Students list things that define a home and identify reasons for homelessness. For this home and homelessness lesson plan, students discuss and read about why people become homeless.
Students research homelessness. In this current events lesson, students view a presentation about homelessness and discuss the different types of homelessness that can be found in communities. Students discuss the impact of homelessness and causes of homelessness.
Students research a problem of society that is not easily recognized. There is a hidden population of homeless persons who live in hotels, shelters, etc... Students research a case study and reflect upon the problem in order to propose solutions.
Examine the Federal Reserve System and how monetary policy effects various aspects of the US economics system. Here you'll find all the necessary data and background information to lead a lecture on the Federal Reserve. You'll also find web links and two activity ideas intended to help upper graders understand how financial policies are made.
Explore Japanese society and national identity. Class members share ideas about the Japanese economy and then investigate a series of resources, including an article, a film, a lecture, and a poem, to learn about Japan's Bubble Economy and the Lost Decade. Wrap up the lesson with a discussion about social, economic, and international consquences.
Develop media smarts by considering the power of celebrity involvement in world issues. A look at the work of such celebrities as Angelina Jolie, Oprah, and Bono prepare learners to develop their own media campaign for a global development issue. Powerful resources and links enrich this investigation from the Media Awareness Network.
Set the stage for your next lesson on the Korean War with handouts packed with information on the country's history and major events leading up to and following the war. The resource includes three worksheets that provide a historical overview of the country, a study/assignment sheet listing pertinent key terms from the Korean War and its aftermath, and finally a chart comparing the current demographics and economies of North and South Korea.
Learners listen to the EconTalk podcast with economist Keith Hennessey before diving into an economics lesson. They are shown how the Congressional Budget Office calculates their yearly spending. Then they read the Budget Control Act from 2011 and consider scenarios that the Joint Committee might discuss. 
Upper graders listen to a podcast on the EconTalk website featuring economist Keith Hennessey. The podcast focuses on the Budget Control Act of 2011, the national debt, and government spending. They read specifics about the BCA, then give an opinion about what the government's next move should be. Related questions are included to check for comprehension or to use for a group discussion.
Get an introductory course on inflation and the Consumer Price Index as Sal breaks down American disposable income based on government analysis. He focuses on housing percentages, explaining inconsistencies in the rental equivalence approach versus the previously used asset price method. Sal uses the Case-Shiller Index to show learners how the housing market collapse of 2009 created an underestimated CPI for housing. Learners contemplate the effect this has had on Social Security payments with regard to inflation.
Students discuss global development and create a graphic representation of the discussion. In this media analysis lesson plan, students deconstruct disaster coverage by reading articles and identifying missing information. Students research missing information to present news coverage on recovery. In groups, students create a multimedia disaster contingency plan to present.

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