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The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies

May 1st, 2014 · 1 Comment

This transcript of a speech given by journalist Chris Hedges offers a very powerful look at our current state of affairs. The introduction of the article draws parallels between our self-destructive path and the novel Moby Dick, which opens the door to using this article as part of a unit on literature, as well as […]

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Tags: art as activism · climate change · consumerism · finance · financial crisis (2008) · global issues activities · history · listening · natural disasters · poverty & wealth · reading · the environment · video

Wendell Berry / The US Government Shutdown

October 9th, 2013 · 1 Comment

On a recent episode of Moyers and Company, Bill Moyers sat down with Wendell Berry. Berry is a writer, farmer and environmental activist who has been active in the US for over 50 years. The interview is pretty long (~40 minutes) but sections of it would be great in a lesson on the environment, food, […]

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Tags: animal rights · art as activism · blog · food and hunger · global issues activities · listening · poetry · politics · poverty & wealth · reading · the environment · video · writing

Maps and Activist Poetry

September 4th, 2013 · No Comments

Two quick links today. The first (thanks Rob!) is a collection of 40 maps. I love using visual prompts with students, and these maps quickly and clearly communicate a wide range of information about our world. One in particular that I liked (#17, pictured above) is a map of the highest paid US public employees […]

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Tags: art as activism · blog · global issues activities · maps · poetry · visual prompts · writing

100 Views of Climate Change

March 13th, 2013 · No Comments

100 Views of Climate Change is a website from Colorado State University that offers short and long videos on climate change, along with notes on books and articles and links to other resources. Finding specific resources is very easy. The site is broken into five sections: climate, nature, humans, action, and the big picture. Each […]

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Tags: art as activism · blog · climate change · global issues activities · global issues resources · listening · reading · the environment · video

To This Day by Shane Koyczan

March 7th, 2013 · No Comments

I love Shane Koyczan. I first heard his work in a collaboration with musician Dan Mangan called Tragic Turn of Events / Move Pen Move. His most recent work is a project based around his poem To This Day, where he collaborated with numerous volunteers to make a video that powerfully addresses the issue of […]

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Tags: art as activism · audio · bullying · global issues activities · happiness · human rights · listening · poetry · reading · video

No Name-Calling Week

January 18th, 2013 · No Comments

January 21 to 25th is No Name-Calling Week, a national campaign aimed at combating bullying in schools. The resources page features links to lesson plans for elementary, middle school and high school students. There are also art lessons and promotional materials. None of these activities are specifically targeted towards language learners, but many could be […]

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Tags: art as activism · bullying · global issues activities · human rights · k-12 · lesson plans · LGBT Issues

Buy Nothing Day 2012

November 21st, 2012 · No Comments

With all the talk of Black Friday (here in the US), I always like to do a short lesson on Buy Nothing Day around this time of year. One place to get materials is the Adbusters’ campaign page, where there are a number of protest ideas and posters. Developing Teachers has a 90-minute lesson based […]

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Tags: art as activism · blog · Buy Nothing Day · consumerism · fair trade · global issues activities · happiness · lesson plans · my articles · pictures · poverty & wealth · reading · simplicity · the environment · visual prompts

The True Cost of Food / Free Range Studios

November 2nd, 2012 · No Comments

The True Cost of Food is a 15-minute video about the hidden costs of factory farming, industrial agriculture and fast food. It comes with a discussion guide and an excellent Take Action handout. I really like how the Take Action handout is framed — recommending actions based on the issues students care about. The video […]

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Tags: animal rights · art as activism · climate change · consumerism · fair trade · food and hunger · global issues activities · global issues resources · health · lesson plans · listening · the environment · vegetarian / vegan · video · visual aids

TDD Summer 2011 Presentation – Global Issues Poetry Activity

July 20th, 2012 · No Comments

In preparation for an office move, I’ve been going through my files. I found a presentation I gave last summer that I wanted to share. It’s on a global issues themed poetry activity. I’ve done it with both intermediate and advanced students. The first iteration of this activity was done as one of the activities […]

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Tags: art as activism · blog · consumerism · ESL activity · fair trade · global issues activities · greening an IEP · human rights · lesson plans · poetry · poverty & wealth · presentations · racism · reading · the environment · writing

Dark Mountain 3

June 20th, 2012 · No Comments

The Dark Mountain Project is a group of environmentally minded writers and artists who are challenging the stories we tell ourselves. The stories which any culture tells itself about its origins and values determine its direction and destination. The dominant stories of our culture tell us that humanity is separate from all other life and […]

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Tags: art as activism · blog · climate change · consumerism · global issues resources · imagined future · reading