Geography


  • 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
  • Palm Oil in Myanmar by Taylor Weidman | Global Oneness Project

    In this lesson, students view photos of palm oil production in Myanmar and discuss the human impacts of the industry, the costs to workers and family. They also respond to questions to articulate their points of view around various themes, including cultural displacement, corporate abuses, the effects of development, and human rights. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

    Grades: K-13+
  • Exploring Cultural Sustainability (Lesson Plan Resource) | Global Oneness Project

    Social changes can be affected by a variety of influences, including exposure to other cultures, available resources, and environmental conditions. Some changes may impact the sustainability of a society and the environment on which it depends.

    Students view a photo essay, "Mongolia’s Nomads," by Taylor Weidman, which highlights Mongolian pastoral herders, one of the world’s last remaining nomadic cultures.

    In this lesson, students explore the concept of cultural sustainability and the nomadic way of life of present-day Mongolian pastoral herders. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

     

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Mongolia's Nomads by Taylor Weidman | Photo Essay | Global Oneness Project

    Social changes can be affected by a variety of influences, including exposure to other cultures, available resources, and environmental conditions. Some changes may impact the sustainability of a society and the environment on which it depends.

    Students view a photo essay, "Mongolia’s Nomads," by Taylor Weidman, which highlights Mongolian pastoral herders, one of the world’s last remaining nomadic cultures.

    In this lesson, students explore the concept of cultural sustainability and the nomadic way of life of present-day Mongolian pastoral herders. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

     

    Grades: 6-12
  • Sports for Social Change (Lesson Plan) | Global Oneness Project

    Students watch a short film, A Game for Life by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, about an innovative soccer program in the poor neighborhood of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, that helps to educate local youth about HIV/AIDS prevention.

    In this lesson, students explore how participation in team sports can help empower youth in other areas of their lives. Students identify principles of how young people learn and discuss the ties between sports, civic engagement, and HIV/AIDS prevention. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

     

    Grades: 9-13+
  • A Game for Life | Global Oneness Project

    Nolusindiso "Titie" Plaatjie knows that soccer can help kids "stay away from things that could destroy their lives" because that's just what it did for her. 

    Students watch a short film, A Game for Life by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, about an innovative soccer program in the poor neighborhood of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, where "Titie" helps to educate local youth about HIV/AIDS prevention.

    In this lesson, students explore how participation in team sports can help empower youth in other areas of their lives. Students identify principles of how young people learn and discuss the ties between sports, civic engagement, and HIV/AIDS prevention. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

     

    Grades: 6-12
  • Flamenco - A Cross-Cultural Art Form (Lesson Plan) | Global Oneness Project

    Flamenco is an art form rooted in the Spanish culture for generations. Today, flamenco is popular all over the world and is taught in many countries.

    Students watch a 13-minute film, Soleà by Pedro Kos and Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, which captures a day in the life of flamenco guitarist Juan RamIrez. Through his eyes, we experience Soleà, the mother of flamenco, and Juan's unusual journey to master his craft. 

    In this lesson, students explore the elements of the cross-cultural art form of flamenco as well as the themes of creative exploration, dedication and commitment, and music history. Reflective writing prompts are also included, containing additional sources, for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

     

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Soleá | Global Oneness Project

    Flamenco is an art form rooted in the Spanish culture for generations. Today, flamenco is popular all over the world and is taught in many countries.

    Students watch a 13-minute film, Soleà by Pedro Kos and Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, which captures a day in the life of flamenco guitarist Juan RamIrez. Through his eyes, we experience Soleà, the mother of flamenco, and Juan's unusual journey to master his craft. 

    In this lesson, students explore the elements of the cross-cultural art form of flamenco as well as the themes of creative exploration, dedication and commitment, and music history. Reflective writing prompts are also included, containing additional sources, for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

     

    Grades: 6-12
  • Ancient and Modern Worlds (Lesson Plan) | Global Oneness Project

    In an age of rising populations and climate change, global food security is a major concern. New farming technologies and market-based agriculture provide one answer while traditional farming practices and natural resource management provide another.

    Students watch the film,  A Thousand Suns by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, about the traditional farmers of the African Rift Valley and their unique world-view.

    In this lesson, students examine the impacts of globalization and climate change on traditional farming in the Gamo Highlands of the Rift Valley. Students identify ways that Gamo farming is linked to a unique holistic worldview and debate whether globalization is having a positive or negative impact on Gamo culture. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

     

    Grades: 9-13+
  • A Thousand Suns | Global Oneness Project

    In an age of rising populations and climate change, global food security is a major concern. New farming technologies and market-based agriculture provide one answer while traditional farming practices and natural resource management provide another. 

    Students watch the film,  A Thousand Suns by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, about the traditional farmers of the African Rift Valley and their unique world-view.

    In this lesson, students examine the impacts of globalization and climate change on traditional farming in the Gamo Highlands of the Rift Valley. Students identify ways that Gamo farming is linked to a unique holistic worldview and debate whether globalization is having a positive or negative impact on Gamo culture. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

     

    Grades: 6-12
  • A Vanishing Island (Lesson Plan) | Global Oneness Project

    Students watch a 9-minute film, Isle de Jean Charles by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, about a tiny island community off the Louisiana coast. The film explores the changes taking place on the island through the lives of two residents whose families are facing a future where rising seas, coastal erosion, and storms are threatening to wash their home away. 

    In this lesson, students discuss the effects of hurricanes and the advantages and disadvantages for living near the coast. Students will participate in classroom discussions and explore the themes of cultural displacement and the effects of environmental change. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Isle de Jean Charles | Global Oneness Project

    Students watch a 9-minute film, Isle de Jean Charles by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, about a tiny island community off the Louisiana coast. The film explores the changes taking place on the island through the lives of two residents whose families are facing a future where rising seas, coastal erosion, and storms are threatening to wash their home away. 

    In the accompanying lesson, students discuss the effects of hurricanes and the advantages and disadvantages for living near the coast. Students will participate in classroom discussions and explore the themes of cultural displacement and the effects of environmental change. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

    Grades: 6-12
  • After the Quake: Preserving the Artifacts of Kathmandu | Lesson Plan | Global Oneness Project

    Earthquakes and other natural disasters can destroy valuable cultural artifacts, but local and global efforts can protect and restore relics for future generations.

    Students view a photo essay, "Protecting Cultural Heritage After the Nepal Quake", by photographer Taylor Weidman, taken after the earthquake which struck Nepa in April of 2015. The photo essay shows the damage to world heritage sites as well as religious artwork from the ancient temples.

    In this lesson, students explore the cultural artifacts in Nepal and discuss ways in which artifacts are used in their daily lives. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Protecting Cultural Heritage After the Nepal Quake by Taylor Weidman | Photo Essay | Global Oneness Project

    Earthquakes and other natural disasters can destroy valuable cultural artifacts, but local and global efforts can protect and restore relics for future generations.

    Students view a photo essay, "Protecting Cultural Heritage After the Nepal Quake", by photographer Taylor Weidman, taken after the earthquake which struck Nepa in April of 2015. The photo essay shows the damage to world heritage sites as well as religious artwork from the ancient temples.

    In this lesson, students explore the cultural artifacts in Nepal and discuss ways in which artifacts are used in their daily lives. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Kara Women Speak by Jane Baldwin | Photo Essay | Global Oneness Project

    Students view a photo essay from Jane Baldwin's recent body of work titled, "Kara Women Speak: Stories from Women," which distills ten years of travel in the Omo River Valley photographing and recording stories from the women of indigenous communities living in southwestern Ethiopia.

    In this lesson, students examine the characteristics of the Kara people and their way of life, and discuss the potential environmental and cultural impacts of the Gibe III dam and hydroelectric plant in Ethiopia. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

     

    Grades: K-13+
  • Drokpa: The Nomadic Mountain People of Tibet by Diane Barker | Global Oneness Project

    Photographer Diane Barker's body of work titled, "Drokpa: The Nomadic Mountain People of Tibet," distills more than a decade of travel to the Tibetan Plateau. From 2000 to the present, Barker has documented the nomads in the region and threats to their traditional lifestyle. Modern Chinese culture, including cell phones and other technology, continues to encroach into the lives of nomads, as the Chinese government enacts its plan to relocate nomads from high-altitude pasturelands into government housing. In classroom discussion, students examine specific aspects of nomadic life and explore what could be lost as ancient cultures disappear.

    Grades: K-13+
  • Resiliency Among the Salmon People (Lesson Plan) | Global Oneness Project

    Students watch a short film, Yukon Kings by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, about the challenges facing Ray Waska, a Yupi’k fisherman, and his community as the fish stocks of Alaska’s Yukon Delta diminish.  

    In this lesson, students learn about how the cultural traditions of Native Alaskans are linked with local ecosystems. Students debate the need to respect and protect tradition vs. accepting change. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

     

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Yukon Kings | Global Oneness Project

    Students watch a short film, Yukon Kings by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, about the challenges facing Ray Waska, a Yupi’k fisherman, and his community as the fish stocks of Alaska’s Yukon Delta diminish.  

    In this lesson, students learn about how the cultural traditions of Native Alaskans are linked with local ecosystems. Students debate the need to respect and protect tradition vs. accepting change. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

     

    Grades: 6-12
  • 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+

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