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Global Schools Project

Melissa Mousseau

 

 

War Through the Eyes of Children

American History, Geography, World History  

Grades 09 through 11

Melissa Mousseau,

“I’ve seen people get their hands cut off, a ten-year-old girl raped and then die, and so many men and women burned alive…So many times I just cried inside my heart because I didn’t dare cry out loud.”- fourteen-year-old girl, abducted in January 1999 by the Revolutionary United Front, a rebel group in Sierra Leone

Abstract: Often times in a rush to cover names, dates and places, teachers overlook the human cost of war. Even when the human cost is mentioned, the sacrifices children make during war still are not addressed. This lesson is designed to give students a glimpse into war torn countries and how the war affects the lives of their children.

Curriculum Standards: Culture; Individual Development and Identity; Individuals, Groups and Institutions; Global Connections

Geographic Focus: Global

Class Periods*: 1

Author: Melissa Mousseau

Related Files: Lesson Plan |Inside the Numbers | Download All Files As .ZIP

*based on a 55-minute class period.

 

 

Perspectives on the American Revolutionary War

Melissa Mousseau

American History,World History

Grades 09 through 11

Abstract: Since grade school, students are taught several reasons for the American victory over the British in the Revolutionary War. Obvious reasons for victory include: guerilla attack by colonial militia, British troops in unfamiliar terrain, and Colonial perseverance over the tyranny of taxation. While these reasons are valid, students should also be aware the American Revolution was a series of wars fought on US shores and in other areas around the world.  It is important to note that Americans were aided in their victory by other countries.

Class Periods*: 1-2

Author: Melissa Mousseau

Related Files: Lesson Plan

Based on a 55-minute class period

 

 

One Person Makes a Difference

Melissa Mousseau,

World History Human Geography Cultural Geography

Grades 09 through 11

Abstract: Ghettos, shanty towns, and favelas --- all specific names to describe the same horrific urban plight of disease, poverty, crime, and death occurring in most major countries today. In 2009, a reported 50 million people lived in the desperate conditions of the favelas of Brazil. Many of the worst favelas are outside Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city of Brazil. In the favelas, children turn to gangs instead of school. Murders go unsolved. Yet hope still remains for some, among the filthy despair. Anderson Sa is just one of many examples of this hope. Sa uses music to inspire the masses in the favelas. This lesson will give students background about the political, economic, and social decay in the favelas. More importantly this lesson will highlight the positive changes occurring in the favelas, proving one person can make a difference.

Curriculum Standards:

Standard 1: Culture
Standard 3: People, Places and Environments
Standard 5: Individuals, Groups, and Institutions

Class Periods*: 5

Related Files: Lesson Plan

 

 

Globalization For the Better or For the Worse?

Melissa Mousseau,

Geography, Social Science General

Grades 09 through 11

Abstract: Students armed with a global perspective hold a decisive advantage in an increasingly shrinking world. Changing economic and social patterns inevitably will alter the comfort zone of many United States citizens. This lesson is designed to introduce the complex topic of globalization into the World Cultural Geography curriculum. With a foundation in globalization established, students will be able to analyze positive and negative aspects of globalization in future lessons.

Curriculum Standards: Time, Continuity and Change; Science, Technology and Society; Global Connections

Geographic Focus: Global

Class Periods*: 1

Author: Melissa Mousseau

Related Files: Lesson Plan

*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.

Economics

Environment

History

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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