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Message in a Bottle (and other materials from Yes! Magazine)

November 1st, 2013 · 3 Comments

YES! Magazine just added a great new activity based on the above picture to their curriculum section. It would work well in an ESL or EFL classroom. It’s simple, it requires critical thinking, and it makes a great speaking or writing prompt. First, show students the above picture and ask them what they notice. Then, […]

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Tags: blog · global issues activities · global issues resources · human rights · pictures · politics · protests · reading · speaking · Turkey · visual prompts · writing

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

Occupy Wall Street

October 4th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Occupy Wall Street is a protest in New York City that has been going on for 18 days. On Saturday, 700 protesters were arrested, following the arrest of 80 protesters the week before. The occupation involves members of a number of different groups, and the main thrust is a frustration with the fact that American […]

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Tags: blog · consumerism · finance · financial crisis (2008) · global issues activities · happiness · infographics · listening · pictures · poverty & wealth · reading · slideshow · video

L. M. Bogad and Performance-based Activism

July 15th, 2011 · No Comments

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of going to a talk on campus by L. M. Bogad. He is a professor at UC Davis and spoke on the topic of performance-based activism. He’s been involved with number of groups, including Billionaires for Bush and The Yes Men. On his website, he has video […]

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Tags: art as activism · audio · blog · climate change · consumerism · global issues activities · pictures · politics · video · visual prompts

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

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

The Best Sites for Learning about Cesar Chavez

April 4th, 2010 · No Comments

March 31st was Cesar Chavez’s birthday, and Larry Ferlazzo updated his list of the Best Sites for Learning about Cesar Chavez. His list includes a lot of great stuff, including readings, audio and video clips. One that caught my eye is something from the Smithsonian on the banning of the short-handled hoe. I have to […]

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Tags: audio · blog · child labor · cultural issues · food and hunger · global issues activities · health · human rights · listening · pictures · politics · poverty & wealth · racism · reading · slideshow · video · visual prompts

Dancing Rabbit Blogathon – March 26 / 27

March 25th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Dancing Rabbit is an intentional community in northeast Missouri that is dedicated to living sustainably. They eat (and grow) local, organic food, practice natural building techniques, and host educational seminars. I stayed there for three weeks a couple of years ago and loved it. It is truly something worth supporting. Their website also features past […]

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Tags: animal rights · blog · charity · climate change · consumerism · food and hunger · global issues activities · health · human rights · natural building · pictures · poverty & wealth · reading · the environment · vegetarian / vegan · video · visual prompts · 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

One Man’s Trash

September 4th, 2009 · 2 Comments

One Man’s Trash is a neat article in the NY Times about Phoenix Commotion, a construction company run by Dan Phillips that makes low-income housing using discarded building materials and other types of “trash”. The article isn’t too long, and could easily be used as part of an activity on consumerism or natural building. The […]

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Tags: blog · consumerism · environmental justice · global issues activities · natural building · pictures · poverty & wealth · reading · slideshow · the environment · visual prompts