Global Learning and Awareness

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Explore why learning about the international community matters. Through videos, images, background essays, and lesson plans, learn about major global issues, including education, global conservation and environmentalism, global health, and human rights, designed to foster empathic understanding of the lives of youth around the globe and enhance U.S. student’s own understanding of their role in the world.

This collection is a part of the Global Learning & Diplomacy Collection.

  • United Nations Charter (1945) and Resource Materials

    On June 26, 1945, in San Francisco, the United Nations was established. Article 111 of its charter indicated that "The present Charter, of which the Chinese, French, Russian, English, and Spanish texts are equally authentic, shall remain deposited in the archives of the Government of the United States of America. Duly certified copies thereof shall be transmitted by that Government to the Governments of the other signatory states." This resource group includes 2 primary source images, a background essay and a transcript.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • The United Nations Lesson Plan

    The activity provides students with a broad overview of the history, structure, and accomplishments of the United Nations. Students review an overview of the institution and develop brief presentations in a group activity following a set of discussion questions.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Citizenship: Making Government Work

    Review the definition of being a United States citizen and the rights associated with citizenship.

    Grades: 12-13+
  • Declaration of Independence (1776) and Resource Materials

    This document includes an image of the 1776 Declaration of Independence. The Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. It was engrossed on parchment and on August 2, 1776, delegates began signing it.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Your America: Democracy's Local Heroes | Student Guide

    Investigate the rights and responsibilities of American citizenship focusing on examples of citizens who took action to effect positive changes. Explore ways in which students can become involved in their communities. This guide is intended to be used with the "Your America" videos in this collection and includes individual exercises, case studies, and group activities.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Your America: Democracy's Local Heroes | Teacher's Guide

    Inspire civic awareness, promote student activism and examine the rights and responsibilities of American citizenship by exploring stories of how ordinary citizens accomplished extraordinary changes. This Teacher's Guide accompanies the "Your America" Student Guide, which is designed specifically for high school students studying social studies, civics and government. This guide is intended to be used with the "Your America" videos in this collection.

    Grades: 9-12