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Explore everything from our growing world’s population, worldwide demographics, and extreme world poverty with this eye-opening PBL unit.
Your students will end this unit able to:
- Articulate exactly what the world’s population of 7.7 billion looks like (2018 estimates)
- Compare and contrast their lives with those around the world in regards to food, shelter, and belongings
- See exactly what living on one dollar a day means for fellow humans
- Research, evaluate, reflect, and argue for their place in the world- with the majority or in the minority
Check out the Preview for a detailed look at this compelling unit or download the FREE Unit-At-A-Glance.
Greatness is appreciating what separates and connects one’s self with the rest of the world.
Few 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. Yet at the same time, share tremendous similarities of human emotion, spirit, and dreams of the future.
Guide your students through a wide variety of sources (from children books to scholarly essays to news articles to documentaries) as they wonder and build towards answering this not-so-simple question: “Am I like the majority of the world or am I in the minority?”
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 citizens in this 3-5 week unit!
Activities are interchangeable to customize your own unit- mix and match depending on time constraints, student ability, or personal interests.
Included in this complete unit:
- Unit overview and 5 pages of detailed daily lesson plans
- Suggested Bell Ringer and Exit Ticket ideas for each activity
- Step-by-step simulation script and directions for activities
- Answer keys and rubrics (both CCSS-aligned and generic)
- 55-slide editable PowerPoint slideshow with student directions, prompts, and links to resources, including 1-slide quick reference for all hardcopy resources
Student Materials & Activities
- Unit Notes & Concept Definition Sheets to record and reflect on learning throughout unit
- 2 Opening Activities: World Citizenship Test & World Population Simulation to shock students at just how big and varied the world is
- Project 1: World Population Poster to challenge students’ math and creativity
- Children’s Book Analysis to explore 4 different eye-opening children’s books (Material World, Hungry Planet, If the World Were a Village, and Toy Stories)
- Scholarly Essay Analysis to inspect the problem of extreme world poverty as well as critique various advanced writing techniques, using an essay from 50 Facts that Should Change the World
- Documentary Analysis to see in action extreme world poverty by viewing Living on One Dollar a Day
- Project 2: Micro Loan Offer to select one deserving person in the world to provide the gift of financial support
- Project 3: Current Event Research to strengthen research and citation skills as well as track and compare similar pressing issues around the world
- Project 4: “I Am…” Poem to review and reflect on everything learned
- Culminating Essay to demonstrate learning in an authentic and personal way, complete with supporting brainstorm activity, outline, and rubric
- 4 Skill Sheets handouts: Annotating a Text, Annotating a Citation, Analyzing a News Media Source, Constructing a Thesis
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
Want to try just part of this unit?
World Poverty PBL Mini Unit: see what living on one dollar a day really looks like
World Population Poster Project: combine calculations and creativity in this impactful project
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--- Water PBL Unit: explores the problems and solutions in maintaining this finite resource
--- Fossil Fuels PBL Unit: explores the problems and solutions of our biggest addiction
--- Garbage PBL Unit: explores the problems and solutions of our consumeristic, disposable lifestyles
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