Lesson Plans and Worksheets
Browse by Subject
- Global Issues
- Child Labor
- Climate Change
- Human Population
- International environmental issues
- Animal Rights
- Human Rights
- Consumption and Consumerism
- Emerging Technologies
- Financial Crises
- Global Food Crisis
- Medical Ethics
- Natural Disasters
- Nuclear Proliferation
- Child Trafficking
- Arms Trade
Global Issues Teacher Resources
Find Global Issues educational ideas and activities
Young scholars examine world history by writing an essay in class. In 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. Young scholars define Japanese internment and write a five paragraph essay regarding the situation.
How does one become a catalyst for change? What are the challenges faced by those who take a stand for change? What part do the arts play in cultural change? Using primary and secondary sources from the 1920s and 1930s, class members explore these questions and craft an essay that presents their reflections. The packet includes a brief plan but the real value is in the resources included. Provided are a resource list, a reflective essay writing assignment, rubric, and exemplary writing sample. In addition, templates for “Power Quotes,” historic events, famous people, significant art and architecture, education issues, fads, fashions, literature, music, and radio shows are provided.
Kids get artistic as they explore the impact of art materials, sculpture, and performance. They discuss the work of Janine Antoni and then create a performance piece that reflects social or global issues they feel strongly about. The end result should be an empathetic, thoughtful, and highly engaging experience for the entire class.
Get those upper graders thinking about the world, social conflict, and art as a catalyst for change. They'll uncover the meanings behind four abstract works, intended to spread awareness of the need for social change. Kids are then asked to create a recipe for a protest. They'll use current events and issues to write a statement of protest and artistic ways to express that protest.
Before the class makes abstract art, they see contemporary examples and analyze them. They look at art made by abstract artists under the age of 33 then use similar techniques to create an interesting collection of their own. The instructional activity spans five sessions and includes discussion questions, art resources, vocabulary, and creative projects.
Five segements from Ken Burns' documentary series Prohibition, easily accessed on the PBS website, are at the center of a terrific short unit on the roots of America's ambivalent relationship with alcohol. Engage your secondary class with a discussion of proposed government regulation of personal behavior based on several examples provided. Then explore the roots of Prohibition through video excerpts, active listening practice, and an engaging, thought-provoking deliberation activity. A comprehensive resource that includes video note-taking and discussion questions, active listening guidelines, background information about six historic constituent groups that class members role play in the deliberation activity, and a bibliography with other useful resources. Take a weekend off from planning. With a resource as complete as this one; you've got Prohibition covered.
Introduce the concept of myths to your class. Using the link to "Myths Around the World," read a story aloud and have learners list characteristics of a myth. Readers then choose their own myths from the site and work in groups to answer questions about each legend. Finally, scholars write their own myths. The resource includes several lessons in a small unit.
A thought-provoking lesson which will provide your 5th graders with a world view. Pupils discuss children's rights here in the US and around the world, and do some comparisons. They watch a video, embedded in the plan, that shows a young girl who is forced to work in terrible conditions in a developing country. Students discuss what they see, and are asked to write a letter to the owner of the brick factory (where the girl works), asking him to improve the conditions. This hard-hitting lesson has an excellent graphic organizer embedded in the plan that will help pupils organize and compose their letters.
Eighth graders analyze photographs featuring the Civil War. In this Louisiana history lesson, 8th graders investigate selected photographs from the Civil War and note their impressions of the photographs. Students consider what they can infer about people and events of the Civil War as they keep track of their impressions on the provided graphic organizer.
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.
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.
Fifth graders investigate the origins of foods they eat while they consider social justice issues. In this food sources lesson plan, 5th graders play a game and then research food distribution, food security, and hunger in the world today. Students present their findings to their peers.