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Explore extreme world poverty using a variety of sources with this eye-opening PBL mini unit that will leave your students feeling thankful, aware, and empowered to create change.
Almost half of the world lives on $2.50 a day or less. At least 70% of all humans live on $10 or less. While those are shocking, the most extreme, $1 a day, is the reality for nearly 800 million people.
Greatness is recognizing and addressing the extreme income disparity that exists in the world.
Few American teenagers know the world beyond their own surroundings and many have no idea that the vast majority of fellow humans live in world of abject poverty, unsanitary conditions, and limited means of opportunity.
Guide your students through a wide variety of sources (from statistics and photos to documentaries and news articles and even a scholarly essay!) as they wonder and build towards answering this not-so-simple question: “What is it like to really live on $1 a day?”
You will set each of your students up for success in this high interest, multi-faceted Project-Based Unit, regardless of ability, with highly scaffolded graphic organizers, skill sheets, and supplemental resources included at each step of the way.
Empower your students to become globally aware and engaged citizens in this 2-3 week unit!
Activities are completely interchangeable- mix and match depending on time constraints, student ability, or personal interests.
Included in this complete project-based unit:
- Unit overview and 3 pages of detailed daily lesson plans
- Rubrics (both CCSS-aligned and generic)
- 20-slide editable PowerPoint with student directions and links to all supplemental resources
Student Materials - 7 Activities & Project
- Concept Definition Sheet to record and reflect on learning
- By the Numbers statistical analysis activity
- A Picture is Worth photo analysis activity
- Living on One Dollar documentary analysis activity
- Scholarly Essay annotation and analysis activity with scaffolded written response to inspect world poverty as well as critique various advanced writing techniques
- Current Event research activity with annotated works cited
- Kiva Micro-Loan project to decide and nominate a person’s request for funds
- BONUS Skill Sheets: Annotating a Text, Annotating a Citation, TASTED News Media Source
Note: the unit uses a few hardcopy resources that are easy to find either at your local library or online; links are provided.
Note to Homeschoolers
Though the included teacher lesson plans and PPT slides are written to fully support a traditional classroom teacher, this resource is also a great fit for your teenage homeschooler:
- the inquiry, thematic structure of this unit is 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 this unit, 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)
- this unit is 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
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