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Global Schools Project

Ken Carano



Soldiers, Slaves and Lost Children: Investigating the Children Left Behind

Ken Carano

Civics & Government, Geography, Social Science General, World History

Grades 09 through 12

Themes: child soldiers, human rights, Universal Declaration of Human Rights |


Abstract: This will be a multi-day lesson, conducive to 10th-12th grade World History or Global Studies courses, and will begin by having the students take a school climate survey that is modeled after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which will be used as a prelude to receiving background on worldwide child exploitation, student projects on childhood labor and children soldiers, and culminate in a student-driven, and teacher facilitated, wiki and discussion board that raises awareness on this issue.

Curriculum Standards: Civic Ideals and Practices; Global Connections; Power, Authority and Governance.

Geographic Focus: Global

Class Periods*: 4-5

Author: Ken Carano

Related Files: Lesson Plan | Teacher Attachment | Guided Imagery Choices | Attachment 1 | Attachment 2 | Attachment 3 | Attachment 4 | Attachment 5 | Attachment 6 | Attachment 7 | Download All As .ZIP

*based on a 55-minute class period.




Global Schools Project

Global Schools Lesson Plans

Department of Secondary Education

Social Studies Education


Lesson Plans

The following links provide entry to the Lesson Plans developed by the Global Schools Project Fellows. Most all of the plans can be infused into middle or high schools social studies courses to provide interdisciplinary, global education perspectives to your students.

Although categorized by the following headings, many of the lesson plans would meet multiple state or NCSS Thematic standards.




Human Rights

Politics/International Relations

Social Studies General


The lesson plans can be downloaded by going to one of the above areas and selecting the plan.





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