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The Globalization of Language

Grade Level:7-12

These three activities focus on endangered languages, saving endangered languages, and the dominance of English in global affairs. Students will examine causes of language loss and speculate on the future.

Statelessness in a Global World

Grade Level:7-12

Based on provided readings and using the crisis in the Balkans of the late 1990s as an example, students will address various aspects of statelessness—what it means; how one becomes stateless; the process of re-identifying “identity-less” people.

Global Teaching Tips

Grade Level:k-6

H. Thomas Collins of Project LINKS, The Elliot School of International Affairs at The George Washington University developed these activities, teaching tips, hints and “how tos” over a long career of working with teachers. They can be used in conjunction with world or area studies, world history, global studies and geography curricula. 32 activities!

How Do We Analyze A Global Issue

Grade Level:9-12

Analysis of global issues follows a pattern that can become a model for lifelong learning. Rather than teaching students a body of knowledge which may soon become outdated, we can provide them with tools to locate and evaluate new information. The major goal of this activity is to provide students with such an analytical tool by which to examine any global issue.

Human Rights: Whose Rights are Right?

Grade Level:9-12

Human rights concern the relationship of people with their society. This lesson will compare and contrast rights as they exist in various global documentary sources, and examine them in reference to relevant historical and contemporaneous situations.

Indigenous People: A Human Right to Exist?

Grade Level:9-12

The United Nations, in recognition of the vital role that indigenous peoples play in many world regions, declared 1993 the Year of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The declaration was intended to give indigenous peoples an opportunity to call attention to their cultures and to the discrimination and disadvantages they face. The overall objective for this lesson is that students will understand the concept of an “indigenous people” and locate them in the various world areas.

Establishing the New Nation

Grade Level:9-12

In the early days of the United States the leaders took charge to establish priorities as to the political, social and economic directions the new nation would take. This process of developing priorities, and a plan to carry them out, is loosely called allocating the country’s resources to enable it to grow. This lesson will lead students to understand how a new, or newly developing, nation grapples with the task of establishing itself and its place among the nations of the world.

The Developing World: How Do You Determine It?
Grade Level:9-12

Whenever one refers to a nation as “developing” or “Third World” or “less-developed” or “under-developed,” this implies that other nations must be “developed.” This activity assists students in understanding that all nations exhibit some characteristics that people normally associate with the term underdeveloped. In addition it will help them see that if one looks closely at a nation considered not yet developed, it is possible to find good things that are often lacking in so-called developed nations.

World Issues: Whose Side Are We/They On?

Grade Level:9-12

In the globally connected world in which we live, many issues, political, economic and religious, etc., sometimes divide peoples both within a nation, between two nations or among nations in a regional or world area. Whatever the cause, people around the world find themselves involved, if only peripherally, because of the interconnectedness of global economies and political alignments. The goal in this lesson is to develop in students the ability to identify significant and meaningful issues as they peruse the newspapers, periodicals, television or Internet sources.

The Myths of Hunger

Grade Level:9-12

In the 1990s, enough food was produced to provide every person on earth with an adequate diet. However, not all have access to these food supplies. It has been estimated that the number of hungry people increased to more than 550 million people in the 1980s. The purpose of this lesson is to get students to realize certain “myths” about hunger block our understanding of the issue..