Here are some links to resources related to the foundational lenses and teaching pedagogy for Junior High Students. List compiled by Myself, Emily Cantin, Emily Chretien, Madison Martin, and Karin Solde.
A great resource aimed at teaching middle to junior high school students about
genocide in a way that contextualizes the atrocities. I like it because it presents
historical context and talks about genocide as a global and historical human tragedy.
Also provides a number of lesson ideas.
Educational site with lesson plans meant to teach global interconnection, privilege,
philanthropy, and charity to junior and high school classes. Doesn’t teach from a
place of apology or pain but from a duty to help those less fortunate.
TeachUnicef provides topic materials on the subject of global citizenship for grades K-12 allowing teachers to browse unit and lesson plans in either Spanish or English. Unicef states that lesson in global citizenship provide foundational concepts that ‘springboard’ investigation into further themes of global/social activism.
This lesson plan focuses on grades 6 to 8 and takes a social studies approach, particularly geography, to investigating the questions: “What does it mean to be a global citizen?”. The class content focuses on research of major countries, regional development in Canada/World, and building map skills.
A cross-curricular approach allows citizenship to be incorporated into other lessons as and when it arises. This site offers articles such as “We are failing poorer students”…These articles can be a starting point or hook for starting a project or inquiry based learning.
GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP IN PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
IN THE NETHERLANDS: IN RELATION TO GLOBAL CITIZEN THE OPINIONS, ATTITUDES
AND EXPERIENCES OF PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION TEACHERS.
This is a PDF with some ideas from the Education Council of the Netherlands. I have included some quick reference pages.
LEARNING SKILLS AND PROJECTS FOR CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS….page 7
IS IT DISCUSSED IN THE LESSONS? ….page 20
IN WHAT WAY IS IT DISCUSSED? ….page 20
SPECIFIC THEMES ….page 27
WHO ELSE IS INVOLVED IN GLOBAL
CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION? ….page 31
WHAT HAPPENS OUTSIDE THE LESSONS? ….page 32
This website has a huge amount of resources for teachers in regards to social justice and
global citizenship, including setting up a global cohort for teacher candidates, and covers
topics such as environmental education, human rights, international development, and peace and justice. Teachers can develop lesson plans and resource kits around these issues, and submit them to share with others.
This a great lesson plan on which to use as a foundation and build upon. Students start by reading through an issue of Canada’s History (but it could be by discussing current events on the news, etc.), then brainstorm issues experienced in developing countries. Students then learn about Canada’s current role in International development by exploring Canada’s International Development Agency. Students then write a letter to the Minister of International Cooperation, expressing their support of a program that appealed to them. Students then determine if issues explored occur in their own communities (poverty, hunger, etc.), then research local charities or organizations dedicated to addressing the issue(s). Finally students choose an organization to support, and organize a social
justice activity (fundraising, etc.). This would be a great lesson plan for grade 7-12 as students have the foundational knowledge of research, and should be being encouraged to participate in actions that address social justice and global citizenship education before graduation.
This website is useful for teaching world statistics by reducing the population of the world to 100 people. This resource can be used for highlighting issues of gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, social class, and location through simplified statistics that are tangible for middle school aged students. I would suggest using this at the beginning of a unit on global citizenship or to introduce subjects like poverty, water quality, literacy, etc. If you explore the website a little further, there are also lesson plans available to download under the tab labelled “schools.”
This link connects to a teacher’s blog with resources that are also useful for teaching world statistics by reducing the world to 100 people. This blog has links to other websites, as well as infographics and videos that are not available on the 100people.org website. The videos and infographics are particularly helpful for visual learners in your classroom, and may inspire creative projects. The content on both websites connect to social studies as well as mathematics.
Almalgamation of Canadian aboriginal resources spanning all curricular areas. Moreseo
geared towards middle-high school but includes resources for all grades.