Global Learning and Awareness

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Explore why learning about the international community matters. Learn about major global issues—including education, global conservation and environmentalism, global health, and human rights—through videos, images, background essays, and lesson plans. These resources are designed to foster understanding of the lives of youth around the globe and enhance U.S. students’ understanding of their roles in the world.

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

  • United Nations Charter (1945) and Resource Materials

    This resource group contains two facsimiles of the 1945 United Nations Charter. The United Nations was established in San Francisco on June 26, 1945, founded to promote international cooperation, replace the largely ineffective League of Nations, and to prevent another World War. It had 51 member states upon its founding.

    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: 7-13+
  • Citizenship: Making Government Work | Democracy in America

    Explore the concept of citizenship, review the definition of being a United States citizen and the rights associated with citizenship, then learn about the naturalization process and test your knowledge with a 20-question civics exam in this Democracy in America interactive activity from Annenberg Learner.

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

    This is a facsimile of the Declaration of Independence, adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.

    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