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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

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

Gapminder

July 13th, 2010 · No Comments

I’ve long been a fan of visual prompts. I like materials that enable quick understanding of issues, so that students can move into discussion, writing, etc. Gapminder is a great site that shows a range of statistics in very accessible ways. The main section of the site is Gapminder World. The default graph compares life […]

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Tags: blog · climate change · finance · food and hunger · global issues activities · health · human rights · natural disasters · peace and war · poverty & wealth · slideshow · statistics · the environment · visual prompts · water

Teach UNICEF

June 16th, 2010 · No Comments

Teach UNICEF is a new website that shares a bunch of UNICEF teaching materials by topic and grade level. Topics include child labor, armed conflict, poverty and sanitation, to name a few. Most topics offer materials for grades 6-8 and 9-12, and some include K-2 or 3-5. You can also browse by media type. I […]

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Tags: audio · blog · child labor · cultural issues · fair trade · finance · food and hunger · global issues activities · global issues resources · health · human rights · lesson plans · listening · maps · natural disasters · peace and war · pictures · politics · poverty & wealth · reading · slideshow · statistics · video · visual prompts · vocabulary · volunteering · water

EarthPulse 2010

March 9th, 2010 · No Comments

EarthPulse is a great website by National Geographic that provides an overview of many global issues. It starts with a series of essays by Thomas Hayden. He takes a much more strongly anti-consumerism stance than I expected from National Geographic. …here we are, too far into the new century to pretend any longer that a […]

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Tags: animal rights · blog · climate change · consumerism · global issues activities · global issues resources · infographics · natural disasters · pictures · poverty & wealth · reading · slideshow · statistics · the environment · vegetarian / vegan · visual prompts · water

Is the World Getting Better or Worse?

September 15th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Is the World Getting Better or Worse? is a great infographic that combines trends on a number of issues. Basically, it shows that things have improved for most people over the last couple of decades, with the exception of war and the environment. While this is a pretty predictable conclusion, it’s nice to have a […]

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Tags: blog · climate change · global issues activities · natural disasters · peace and war · poverty & wealth · the environment · visual prompts

ACT Responsible

September 4th, 2009 · No Comments

ACT Responsible is a Swiss non-profit that attempts to use the talents of advertisers to address environmental sustainability and social responsibility. Their gallery is full of images and short videos that could be great visual prompts for activities on a wide variety of issues. For starters, check out highlights in The Best Adverts to Save […]

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Tags: blog · climate change · consumerism · cultural issues · environmental justice · environmental racism · fair trade · food and hunger · global issues activities · health · human rights · natural disasters · pictures · poverty & wealth · slideshow · the environment · video · visual prompts · water

Worldmapper

July 15th, 2009 · 6 Comments

Worldmapper has a large collection of world maps that display various issues in a simple yet effective way. They expand each country to illustrate their share in a given issue. For example, the map below illustrates each country’s proportion of the world’s child labor. Worldmapper has maps on many, many topics, including poverty, gender empowerment, […]

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Tags: blog · child labor · climate change · consumerism · cultural issues · environmental justice · environmental racism · fair trade · food and hunger · global issues activities · health · human rights · maps · natural disasters · peace and war · politics · poverty & wealth · reading · the environment · visual prompts · water

Forces of Change

June 30th, 2009 · No Comments

The Smithsonian’s Forces of Change online exhibit has lots of accessible information on various changes taking place on the Earth, especially those related to the climate. It has sections on the Arctic, the atmosphere, El Nino, and soils. If I were using this in my class, I would probably first look under the “media library” […]

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Tags: blog · climate change · global issues activities · listening · natural disasters · reading · the environment · video · visual prompts

Lesson Plans from the International School Studies Association

May 1st, 2009 · No Comments

The International School Studies Association at the University of Denver has a large collection of links to lesson plans that deal with global issues. They break them down thematically (Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Economics, etc.) and by grade level. There are tons of lessons available here, so there are bound to be some good ones. […]

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Tags: blog · ESL activity · food and hunger · global issues activities · global issues resources · lesson plans · natural disasters · peace and war · politics · poverty & wealth · the environment · water