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Students read an online article to study about the death of Joan Root. They research endangered ecosystems around the world and design ad campaigns to create public awareness.
Students identify and analyze that Global Interdependence and Internationalism have become major themes in human activity in the areas of population, environment, the world economy, and the United Nations. Students identify the structure and functions of the United Nations and its various organs and agencies.
Young scholars explore the insights of indigenous peoples regarding the natural world. In this ecological viewpoints lesson, students read stories that illustrate the concept of unity with nature and research additional information about the topic.
Students define federalism, Federalist, and Anti-Federalist, debate issue of ratification in classroom convention, and take vote on whether to add bill of rights. Three lessons on one page.
Students examine sources of conflict. In this global conflict lesson, students discuss how peer pressure, bias, oppression, ethnocentrism, miscommunication, and fear contribute to personal conflict as well as global conflict. Students compose expository essays regarding the issues.
Students examine and identify the different economic systems throughout the world. In groups, they develop their own economy basd on their own values and principles. They are given a problem scenerio to solve with the components of their system.
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 identify several important events that led to U.S. involvement in World War I. They examine different explanations, form an opinion about the evidence for each rationale and then create a slideshow to present their findings.
Students explore the life of Senator Alan Cranston.
Students explore the roles that the United States government agencies play in weather forecasting, climate control, and other climate-related environmental issues. They then write letters to President Bush recommending how a new National Climate Service could be organized using resources from these established agencies.
Young scholars explore their own attitudes and practices regarding energy use, and then examine the perspectives of others in order to develop their knowledge of the current political debate on energy policy. Students reflect on their own energy use and attitudes toward conservation. They explore the current political climate regarding energy production and consumption by reading and discussing "Power Poltics:Looking to Win the Energy Issue."
Students explore the rising cost of gasoline and how it impacts people around the world differently.
Pupils explore voter turnouts in the United States and around the world. Using Internet research, they gather information about voter turnouts with a particular emphasis on voters between the ages of 18-21. Students discuss what they believe the voting age should be.
Students research and examine about voting turnouts in the United States and around the world. They assess about various aspects of the so-called "youth vote," and have an opportunity to consider the meaning of the vote in a democracy.
Learners review various pieces of artwork to determine the location and weather of the location portrayed. Using a Harris painting, they identify the sources of power and discuss solutions for using modern technology to solve any issues. They create a song using music and rhythms to represent their local environment.
Students discuss how the climate in their area affects they way they live their life. In groups, they identify the climate zones throughout the world and research one country of interest to them. To end the lesson, they make a brochure using the information they collected and shares it with the class.
Tenth graders examine various dances focused on issues faced by society. While viewing, they identify and analyze the movements and how they relate to the sociocultural issues. To complete the lesson plan, they develop their own dance with costumes describing their own feelings about one issue.
Students examine the water rights on an international scale. In this social studies lesson, students research on a specific water rights issue. They write a paper about their findings and create a PowerPoint presentation which they share with the class.
Students in an ESL classroom compare and contrast Puetro Rican and Mexican cultures. In groups, they research the reasons why people leave one country for another and how to obtain a visa. As a class, they brainstorm a list of the misconceptions that face immigrants when they come to the United States and debate the issue of bilingual education.