Lesson Plans

  • A Tale of Two Heavens: Escaping North Korea | Wide Angle: Lesson Plan

    In this lesson, from the Wide Angle episode "Crossing Heaven's Border," students will learn about the conditions in authoritarian North Korea that have compelled many North Koreans to attempt a dangerous escape to what they see as the "Heaven" of capitalist South Korea.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Dying to be a Martyr | Wide Angle: Lesson Plan

    This lesson investigates conflict in the Middle East from the perspective of young would-be Palestinian suicide bombers, drawing on video segments from Wide Angle's "Suicide Bombers" (2004). News footage, web sites, and primary sources are used to help provide students with additional perspectives on the conflict.

    PLEASE NOTE: This lesson aims to help teachers and high school students explore the Middle East’s complex history and the roots of the terrorism that threatens the world we live in. It includes resources for teachers such as information on Christianity, Judaism and Islam; the Balfour Declaration; and U.N. Resolution 181, and has been amended to include news footage showing the devastating impact of a suicide attack in Israel. The PBS NewsHour segment and the video segments from “Suicide Bombers” (2004) contain graphic imagery and mature themes. All videos should be reviewed before sharing with students.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Extreme Global Makeover | Wide Angle: Lesson Plan

    Modernization is an important issue in many places, including China and India. Modernization may impact such areas as society, politics, the economy, and the environment. This lesson is based on two PBS Wide Angle documentaries—"To Have and Have Not" (2002) and "1-800-INDIA" (2005)

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Girls Speak Out | Wide Angle: Lesson Plan

    This lesson follows girls in India and Benin to evaluate their access to education, a basic human right. Check out the entire collection of resources from the documentary "Time For School."

    Grades: 5-13+
  • Innovative Approaches to Healthcare in Mozambique and Beyond | Wide Angle: Lesson Plan

    Using video from the PBS program Wide Angle, students learn about limited health resources in Mozambique and innovative approaches taken there and in other countries to combat public health problems. They will learn about the importance of healthcare for women and children. The students will also examine the importance of goverments in healthcare for their citizens.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Making a Difference in the Midst of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict | Wide Angle: Lesson Plan

    Using segments from the PBS program: Wide Angle, this high school lesson explores the history and complexity of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and examines the roles individuals and organizations can play in promoting understanding and peace. In addition to videos, there are links to websites and interactive activities that give students more insight into the conflict.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • One Nation: Two Futures? | Wide Angle: Lesson Plan

    Showcasing the differing viewpoints of "haves" and "have-nots," this lesson covers economic and political shifts in China.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Trading Up: Bringing Ethiopia’s Economy into the 21st Century | Wide Angle: Lesson Plan

    In this lesson, students learn about the efforts of Ethiopian reformers to create a modern agricultural commodities exchange in an economic environment historically dominated by inefficient tradition and government corruption.  They will be able to describe the limitations of traditional “face-to-face” commerce and the transformative potential of open and reliable trading markets. Also they will learn the key elements of a successful commodities exchange. Students will also learn about  the underlying causes of the 1984 Ethiopian famine and be able to describe the impact of the 2008 global economic crisis on the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange.



    Grades: 9-13+