Current Global Issues Thematic Inquiry PBL Full Course Bundle

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    Step up your Environmental Science, Human Geography, or Current World Problems course with this project-based semester-long curriculum, saving big!

    These thematic, inquiry-driven units ask students to decide for themselves where they fit in this complex, competitive, and connected global village by exploring everything from the growing world population to globalization to sustainability. Tied with each unit are multiple projects that challenge your students’ ability to teach their classmates, reflect and empathize, and to strengthen their reading, writing, and research skills.

    This course is the real-life intersection of social studies and environmental science by exploring our world's most pressing problems of how we as a human race interact with our planet now and moving forward.

    Additionally, project-based instruction brings focused rigor and authenticity to your daily lessons. And the personalized work students create is so inspiring. It has re-ignited a passion for teaching in me and I hope it will for you too!

    This mega bundle will always include the latest versions of everything Global Issues at Let's Cultivate Greatness, including all future resources! Just go to "My Purchases" and download at no additional cost!

    Download the FREE Course Overview and Suggested Calendar to decide if this course is a great fit for your students!


    Included in this Semester-Long Course:

    Am I in the Majority or the Minority of the World’s Population? a 5-6 week unit exploring our world’s enormous population, demographics of the world’s people, and global poverty.

    What's it Like to Live on One Dollar a Day? a 2-week bonus unit that more closely examines what extreme poverty looks like around the world.

    Are We Shrinking or Expanding as a World? a 5-6 week unit exploring our world’s rapid population and industrialization growth, consumption of natural resources, and an in-depth analysis of globalization.

    How Can I Best Sustain our Natural Resources? an 8-week mega unit (or 3 separate smaller units- you choose!) exploring the dwindling of our natural resources, our personal water, fossil fuel, and garbage footprints, and doable sustainability strategies.

    What are the Environmental Priorities of the 21st Century? a 2-option, 2-3 week capstone research project where students complete either a one-pager or research essay on the global issue they find most pressing.

    3 BONUS Projects

    Op-Ed Essay, Letter to the Editor, and Letter to An Elected Official self-contained, everything's-included writing projects that allow your students to become agents of change with their new knowledge!

    In addition, all smaller products and mini-unit listings within each main unit are all also included! Perfect for customizing to your classroom's needs and time constraints!


    Tips from my Classroom

    I created this curriculum for on-level high schoolers who may not be able to take AP Environmental Science or AP Human Geography. Routinely though, a student has taken one of them already, but the content is different enough that they still gain a lot from this course while also making great connections with their prior knowledge.

    These units intentionally use a wide range of materials, from photo books to collegiate-level essays, that will engage even your lowest readers and challenge even your most college-ready students. And any one activity can simply be omitted if it's not a fit for your students!

    I hear regularly from both high school and middle school teachers who have had great success with these resources. Don't hesitate to leave me a question if you have any wonderings!


    Note to Homeschoolers

    Though the included teacher lesson plans and PPT slides are written to fully support a traditional classroom teacher, this course is also a great fit for your middle or high homeschooler:

    - the inquiry, thematic structure of these units are driven more by critical thinking, reading, and writing skills and a central high-interest question than any one set of state-specific, grade-specific content standards

    - a wide age and ability range can easily access the rich variety of sources utilized in these units, making it perfect for a multi-grade group

    - your student’s voice is central to each activity, through talking out their learning, maximizing the one-on-one

    - activities can be completed independently and aren’t solely reliant on group or whole-class work

    - all utilized sources are free or inexpensive and easily obtainable; either included, accessible online, available at your local library, or purchased used through Amazon (links provided)

    - these units are independent of a textbook, though one could be used for greater background knowledge

    - any activity can easily be left out to customize for your student's skill level or personal interest

    This listing is for one license for regular classroom use by a single teacher only. In upholding copyright law, resources are uneditable, unless otherwise stated. By purchasing a license to this resource, you have access to all future updates at no cost, available under “My Purchases". Multiple and transferable licenses are available for purchase. To request a complete terms of use prior to purchase or if you have any questions about this resource, please leave a question below under Product Q&A.

    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
    Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation.
    Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
    Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.
    Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
    Total Pages
    800+ pages & 400+ PPT slides
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    Teaching Duration
    1 Semester
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