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Building a Just and Sustainable World June 2008
The current issue of YES! Magazine, Superpower? Get Over It, focuses on the role of the U.S. in the world, and you’ll find many stories, interviews and ideas to stimulate your students’ thinking about how we relate to other countries. To complement these YES! articles, we’re pleased to feature “Teaching with the News” lesson plans from the Choices Program, a national education initiative based at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies.
Enjoy exploring this newsletter’s teaching tools on foreign policy that will challenge and engage your students.
For over 20 years, Bainbridge Island, WA, has been building a strong relationship with its sister city Ometepe, Nicaragua. Instead of just learning about foreign relations, students and teachers are forging their own. Here are their stories.
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The lesson plans from the Choices Program at Brown University will challenge your students' current views about U.S. policies toward other countries. Using news headlines as the hook, your students will be pulled into debates and analyses as they weigh the pros and cons of different policy options.
It's not just about reading articles. The two-period lesson plans, U.S. and Iran and Conflict in Iraq have your students role playing and listening to interviews and stories from BBC News Online and National Public Radio.
In the U.S. Role in the World lesson plan, your students explore alternative futures and then cast an online ballot to share their personal views about the United States’ international role.
A two-day lesson plan on Nuclear Weapons and its interactive tools can motivate your students to wrestle with the questions that surround the future of nuclear weapons.
A great way to help your students understand foreign policy is to explore other cultures and nations and how they relate to the United States. Here are a couple of curriculum options to help you make that connection.
The Education Department at UNA-USA publishes lesson plans designed to help you bring some of today’s most pressing global issues into your classroom. These lesson plans on the situation in Sudan are designed to address the conflict in Darfur.
Bring Peace Corps volunteer stories, letters, and folk tales with standards-based lessons to your classroom. Also discover ways to involve students in service learning. Use these lessons to get your students to reflect on the rewards of providing services to others and whether by giving they might perhaps be gaining at the same time.
A poem for many voices. Have your students read this cento like a choral poem so they may think creatively about peace and new priorities for the U.S.
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