English Language Arts


  • Welcome to Canada | Global Oneness Project

    Students watch a 19-minute documentary that tells the story of Mohammed Alsaleh, a young Syrian refugee granted asylum in Canada in 2014, who is now counseling newly arrived refugees.

    In this lesson, students explore through classroom discussions the themes of cultural displacement, human rights, and resilience. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

    Grades: 9-12
  • A Refugee's Story (Lesson Plan) | Global Oneness Project

    Students watch a 19-minute documentary that tells the story of Mohammed Alsaleh, a young Syrian refugee granted asylum in Canada in 2014, who is now counseling newly arrived refugees.

    In this lesson, students explore through classroom discussions the themes of cultural displacement, human rights, and resilience. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Recording a Dying Language (Lesson Plan) | Global Oneness Project

    At a rapid rate, indigenous languages around the world are becoming endangered. Individuals, linguists, and organizations are developing ways to preserve and rehabilitate native languages and cultures.

    Students watch a 9-minute film, Marie's Dictionary by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, about a Native American woman who is the last fluent speaker of the Wukchumni language and the dictionary she created to keep her language alive. 

    In this lesson, students participate in classroom discussions and explore the themes of identity, preservation of a culture, and endangered languages. Reflective writing prompts are also offered for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Marie's Dictionary | Global Oneness Project

    At a rapid rate, indigenous languages around the world are becoming endangered. Individuals, linguists, and organizations are developing ways to preserve and rehabilitate native languages and cultures.

    Students watch a 9-minute film, Marie's Dictionary by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, about a Native American woman who is the last fluent speaker of the Wukchumni language and the dictionary she created to keep her language alive. 

    In this lesson, students participate in classroom discussions and explore the themes of identity, preservation of a culture, and endangered languages. Reflective writing prompts are also offered for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Exploring the Creative Process (Lesson Plan) | Global Oneness Project

    Students watch a 4-minute film, Silent Crescendo by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, about an artist who paints with tea and ink. The film is a intimate portrait of an ex-Yugoslavian émigré artist who follows a daily ritual of creating simple drawings.

    In this lesson, students explore the creative process and discuss what individuals and society gain from living a creative life. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Silent Crescendo | Global Oneness Project

    Students watch a 4-minute film, Silent Crescendo by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, about an artist who paints with tea and ink. The film is a intimate portrait of an ex-Yugoslavian émigré artist who follows a daily ritual of creating simple drawings.

    In this lesson, students explore the creative process and discuss what individuals and society gain from living a creative life. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Passionate Pursuits | Lesson Plan | Global Oneness Project

    All sorts of artisans create beautiful, appealing alternatives to mass-produced consumer goods and entertainment. Communities can become more vibrant and resilient when handmade goods and services are created locally.

    Students view a photo essay, "The Beauty of Craft," by Unnikrishnan Raveendranathen, which portrays a number of master artists and craftspeople in the San Francisco Bay area and their passionate commitment to traditional art forms. 

    In this lesson, students learn about the "maker" and "reskilling" movements and discuss the value of low-technology art and craft forms for both individuals and society. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. 

    Grades: 9-13+
  • The Beauty of Craft | Global Oneness Project

    Photographer Unnikrishnan Raveendranathen explores the creative process with master artists and craftspeople in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    All sorts of artisans create beautiful, appealing alternatives to mass-produced consumer goods and entertainment. Communities can become more vibrant and resilient when handmade goods and services are created locally.

    Students view a photo essay, "The Beauty of Craft," by Unnikrishnan Raveendranathen, which portrays a number of master artists and craftspeople in the San Francisco Bay area and their passionate commitment to traditional art forms. 

    In the accompanying lesson, students learn about the "maker" and "reskilling" movements and discuss the value of low-technology art and craft forms for both individuals and society. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. 

    Grades: 6-12
  • Building a Community of Trust (Lesson Plan) | Global Oneness Project

    Youth are kept on the margins of society in urban areas where violence and gang activity is high. Organizations and individuals who focus on community youth development and conflict resolution can transform violence into peace.

    Students watch a short film, Barrio de Paz by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, about a retired nun and her transformative work with youth gangs in Ecuador. 

    In this lesson, students explore how respect, trust, and love can transform youth violence. Through classroom discussion, students examine reasons why young people join gangs and ways those instincts can become the foundation for creative participation in society. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

     

    Grades: 9-12
  • Barrio de Paz | Global Oneness Project

    Students watch a short film, Barrio de Paz by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, which tells the story of peace worker Nelsa Libertad Curbelo and the city's gang youth, who have left behind a life of crime to come together and provide services to their struggling community. Loved like a mother, Nelsa has helped the gangs channel their need for unity, structure, and love into the power to participate in society.

    In this lesson, students explore how respect, trust, and love can transform youth violence. Through classroom discussion, students examine reasons why young people join gangs and ways those instincts can become the foundation for creative participation in society. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

     

     

    Grades: 6-12
  • A Tapestry of Multicultural Diversity (Lesson Plan Resource) | Global Oneness Project

    With a long history of immigration, New York City contains one of the most culturally diverse populations in the world, representing a wide variety of religious and faith communities.

    Students view a photo essay, "Belief," by Caleb Ferguson, which explores photos of New Yorkers celebrating various cultural festivities. 

    In this lesson, students discuss multiculturalism and the ways in which they celebrate diversity. Students view the photo essay in pairs or small groups and are given reflective writing prompts for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

     

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Belief by Caleb Ferguson | Global Oneness Project

    With a long history of immigration, New York City contains one of the most culturally diverse populations in the world, representing a wide variety of religious and faith communities.

    Students view a photo essay, "Belief," by Caleb Ferguson, which explores photos of New Yorkers celebrating various cultural festivities. 

    In this lesson, students discuss multiculturalism and the ways in which they celebrate diversity. Students view the photo essay in pairs or small groups and are given reflective writing prompts for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

     

    Grades: 6-12
  • Clowning Around (Lesson Plan) | Global Oneness Project

    Students watch an 8-minute film, Laugh Clown Laugh by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, about the Berlin based clown, Reinhard "Filou" Horstkotte. The role of the clown, for Reinhard, is not just to entertain, but to explore the whole human being including all of the contradictions. 

    In this lesson, students discuss the meaning of clowns and explore the themes of spontaneity and laughter as well as vulnerability. Guided classroom discussions help students to explore misconceptions about clowns as well as how the clown could be a "master of failure." Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Laugh Clown Laugh | Global Oneness Project

    Students watch an 8-minute film, Laugh Clown Laugh by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, about the Berlin based clown, Reinhard "Filou" Horstkotte. The role of the clown, for Reinhard, is not just to entertain, but to explore the whole human being including all of the contradictions. 

    In this lesson, students discuss the meaning of clowns and explore the themes of spontaneity and laughter as well as vulnerability. Guided classroom discussions help students to explore misconceptions about clowns as well as how the clown could be a "master of failure." Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

    Grades: 6-12

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