Modern World Studies


  • Five Habits to Heal the Heart of Democracy By Parker Palmer | Global Oneness Project

    In this article, Parker Palmer presents qualities of citizenship that are essential for sustaining democracy in troubled times. Palmer suggests that we must value our differences, draw inspiration and greater understanding from contradictions, and celebrate the power of community building to restore our democratic society.

    Photograph by AMNESIAC_ARTS

    Grades: 6-12
  • Repairing the Fabric of Democracy | Lesson Plan | Global Oneness Project

    Students read a short article, "Five Habits to Heal the Heart of Democracy," by Parker Palmer who presents qualities of citizenship that are essential for sustaining democracy in troubled times. Palmer suggests that we must value our differences, draw inspiration and greater understanding from contradictions, and celebrate the power of community building to restore our democratic society.

    In this lesson, students discuss the values and efforts that contribute to a healthy democracy. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

    Photograph by AMNESIAC_ARTS

    Grades: 9-13+
  • 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+
  • 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+
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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