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Valentine’s Day activity from Teaching Tolerance

February 6th, 2014 · No Comments

This Valentine’s Day activity from Teaching Tolerance provides insight into Valentine’s Day’s roots as a holiday of resistance. It also highlights the injustices that can occur during this holiday — “moments of exclusion and ostracism, assumptions of a heterosexual norm” — and draws a parallel between the ban on gay marriage and the ban on […]

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Tags: blog · bullying · global issues activities · global issues resources · human rights · k-12 · lesson plans · LGBT Issues · poverty & wealth · racism · speaking

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

But It’s Just One Cent! Middle School ELLs Practice Critical Literacy in Support of Migrant Farmworkers

October 17th, 2012 · No Comments

This past summer, at the BART Summer Symposium, I went to a great presentation about a middle-school ESL unit on the treatment of migrant farmworkers. One of the presenters just published an article on this in the Fall 2012 issue of eJournal of Literacy and Social Responsibility. It starts on page 158. Students began by […]

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Tags: blog · child labor · fair trade · food and hunger · global issues activities · human rights · k-12 · poverty & wealth

Youth Xchange: Training Kit on Responsible Consumption

October 24th, 2011 · No Comments

Youth Xchange is produced by UNEP and UNESCO, and it has links to loads of educational resources aimed at young people. Topics include the environment, consumption, body image, nutrition, and much, much more. I haven’t nearly explored it all, but there is a lot of good stuff here. It is mostly profiles of people and […]

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Tags: blog · climate change · consumerism · cultural issues · food and hunger · global issues resources · health · k-12 · poverty & wealth · statistics

Florida Agriculture in the Classroom

July 1st, 2011 · No Comments

I just received a letter in the mail asking me to sign up for a Florida Agriculture in the Classroom license plate that comes complete with the slogan “Agriculture Keeps Florida Green”. I immediately assumed that the educational materials promoted by this plate probably pushed an industrial agriculture point of view. I was right. They […]

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Tags: blog · food and hunger · global issues activities · health · k-12 · lesson plans · reading · water

Green English – English Journal 100(3) – January 2011

June 19th, 2011 · No Comments

I just came across the January 2011 issue of English Journal (vol. 100, num. 3), which had the theme of Green English. The journal is aimed at middle and senior high school English teachers, but a lot of the ideas and activities are totally relevant to ESL or EFL contexts. Several of the articles discuss […]

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Tags: global issues activities · journals · k-12 · reading · reflection · the environment · theory · writing

Global Eye

June 10th, 2011 · No Comments

Global Eye is a (now defunct) magazine aiming to bring global issues to primary and secondary schools. Thus, the language is pretty accessible and a lot of it could be used with English language learners. As a magazine, the materials are primarily readings and pictures / graphics, but there are some writing activities in there, […]

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Tags: blog · climate change · fair trade · food and hunger · global issues activities · global issues resources · infographics · k-12 · lesson plans · natural disasters · politics · poverty & wealth · reading · the environment · visual prompts

Developing a Global Perspective for Educators

June 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

Developing a Global Perspective for Educators (DGPE) is a website based out of the University of Ottawa that has a bunch of K-12 lesson plans created by students in the education program. These include a handful of thematic packages, which are sets of lesson plans spanning multiple grades that cover similar themes. A lot of […]

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Tags: blog · climate change · conferences · consumerism · cultural issues · fair trade · food and hunger · global issues activities · global issues resources · health · human rights · k-12 · poverty & wealth · the environment · water

(Free) Green Teacher Webinars in May

May 6th, 2011 · No Comments

This month, Green Teacher is offering a series of free one-hour webinars. All of these events begin at 7:30 PM EST. May 10 : FROG SONGS: Poetry and Essays, Field Ecology and Entomology – “Learn to use haiku to teach entomology. Learn to use poetry to help students write clearer more exciting essays. This simple […]

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Tags: blog · global issues activities · global issues resources · k-12 · teacher tools · the environment · theory · water · writing

Buy, Use, Toss – Free 10 Lesson Unit from Facing the Future

September 2nd, 2010 · 1 Comment

Facing the Future is offering Buy, Use, Toss, a 10 lesson unit on consumption, for free download. It looks very good, and features some old favorites like The Story of Stuff and Chris Jordan. It’s aimed at grades 9-12, and seems like it would be perfect for adult ESL learners. The lessons ask students to […]

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Tags: blog · consumerism · fair trade · global issues activities · k-12 · lesson plans · pictures · poverty & wealth · reading · statistics · the environment · video · visual prompts