World Issues

World Issues Discussion

Preparation:
  1. Make a list of the 10 most important world issues.
  2. Share your list with one or two peers.
  3. Meet in the back of the room for our discussion.
  4. State your issues in order of importance. Each pair/triad should write their issues one at a time to post on the board.
  5. Different students will take turns organizing the cards/finding connections between issues.
  6. Students will clearly articulate connections between randomly selected issues from different categories.

Discussion:
Are there issues that are repeated?
Are there issues that are similar and should be grouped together?
Are there larger organizational headings we can group Post-its under?
How can we show the relationships between these issues?

Writing Assessment
Write 500 words on why a particular world issues is a problem OR on the relationship between two of our world issues. Use this and at least one other site to help you. Post your work in WPP Online in the 7th Grade Course under the "1. Discovery 7 - World Issues Writing Pre-Test" prompt.

Global Issues
START YOUR RESEARCH HERE! This site gives great overviews of world issues. Click on the link for All Topics to see a list of short items to give you background on a particular issue. Read the introduction! It gives a good starting point!







Interrelational World Issues Web

View an outline of the template
View a web version of the template
View a Bubbl.us student example
  1. Choose one of the "World Issues" from Global Issues site or select a different issue or problem you think is important.
      1. http://www.facingthefuture.org/IssuesSolutions/TakeAction/tabid/124/Default.aspx#.UtfW8xCwJcQ

      2. http://www.facingthefuture.org/portals/0/global-issues/60_sec/
  2. Read the overview resource from the World Issues Resources folder and one additional source or do your own research.
  3. Create a web using Inspiration on the computer or use bubbl.us or mindmeister or spiderscribe to show how your issue influences other events in our world. (Links to other brainstorming and mapping tools)
  4. List facts in your web from your reading to support your ideas and connections. Be sure to include the source each fact came from in your web.
  5. Explain (with a paragraph, an outline, or through your web) how this issue might impact the future of our world or society.
  6. Find additional resources to inform others about the importance of your issue.
  7. Extra Credit:
    • What organization is in charge of your world issue and the ones related to it? What kinds of plans do they have in place to help the problem. Is it working? Why or why not?
    • If no one is in charge of your issue, what kind of organization needs to be developed to attack the problem. Who would this organization need to coordinate to make any plans they devise work?

Global Issues
START YOUR RESEARCH HERE! This site gives great overviews of world issues. Click on the link for All Topics to see a list of short items to give you background on a particular issue. Read the introduction! It gives a good starting point!

Ecosystems
Energy
Food and Water Security
Governance
Health
Peace and Conflict
Population
Poverty
Social Justice

Global Issues - Another site with good info
Youth @ the United Nations


Major Issue #1

(Economy)

Define the issue

(Why is it a problem?)

"Supporting Quote"

Explain in your own words why this quote is important

List the website for supporting quote

Major Issue #2

(Rich/Poor Gap)

Define the issue

(Why is it a problem?)

"Supporting Quote"

Explain in your own words why this quote is important

website where supporting quote came from

How is this related to Major Issue #1?)

"Supporting Quote"

Explain in your own words why this quote is important

website where supporting quote came from

Major Issue #3

(Conflict)

Define the issue

(Why is it a problem?)

"Supporting Quote"

Explain in your own words why this quote is important

website where supporting quote came from

How is this related to Major Issue #1?

"Supporting Quote"

Explain in your own words why this quote is important

website where supporting quote came from