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High schoolers learn about China's One Child Policy. They read an article about a specific family's experience under the policy (not included) and research and explain the key points of the policy. They assess the pros and cons in a graphic organizer. Finally, they participate in a formal debate on the One Child Policy and write a brief position paper.
Which environmental policies would your class recommend? Find out through this lesson on climate change and government policy. Through an NPR podcast and an article, learners analyze past and present policy, as well as global risk. Individuals write and send letters advocating their policy beliefs. You can adjust the lesson so that learners come up with ideas for a 2009 climate conference, and includes specific "Gale Library" research tools which can be found elsewhere.
The Nashua River serves as the focal point of an investigation of the treatment of and care for natural resources. A reading of A River Rand Wild: An Environmental History by Lynne Cherry, launches the study and class members consider how groups and events impacted the river. Guided by the Project Citizen book, groups identify existing policies, develop an action plan, and draft a persuasive letter to protest pollution of the Nashua River.
Students explore U.S. immigration policies. In this immigration lesson, students read about the history of immigration policies in the U.S., uncover controversial issues regarding immigration, and speak to immigrants as well as immigration officials. Students conduct personal research regarding the topic to prepare for an immigration debate.