Lesson Plans

  • 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. This resource is part of the Global Learning and Awareness Collection.

    Grades: 7-13+
  • 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+
  • Exploring Environmental Change

    Students explore the connections that can exist in a natural environment, and examine how changes to the environment, particularly those caused by human activity, can affect those connections.

    Grades: 6-9, 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+
  • Populations at Risk: The Problems Facing Internally Displaced Persons Worldwide

    In this lesson, students use video segments from the PBS series Women, War & Peace, as well as information from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre and the United Nations to learn more about internally displaced populations.

    Grades: 9-12
  • 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+
  • Comparing Education Around the World

    In this lesson plan, students learn about Ken and Joab, two boys who are starting first grade. Ken attends school in Japan, while Joab lives in Kenya. Students compare and contrast the circumstances surrounding the two boys’ experiences at school. They create a venn diagram demonstrating what they have learned. Check out the entire collection of resources from the documentary "Time For School" here.

    Grades: 3-5