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The International Relations Council is pleased to offer supplemental global education resources covering a variety of currently taught international topics for the use of teachers and students.
It is important to keep in mind that the Global Education Resources should serve as a starting point for your global education. This is not an all-encompassing list of activities; instead, it provides you and other students with enough information and resource to begin learning about the world. As an apolitical, nonpartisan organization, the International Relations Council does not endorse any of the organizations, associations, universities, bodies or websites cited in this guide.
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Key to Resource Standards
Standard 1: Choices and Consequences | Standard 2: Rights and Responsibilities
Standard 3: Culture, Values, & Diversity | Standard 4: Change and Continuity
Standard 5: Dynamic Relationships
The Changing Face of America: Two activities where students interpret tables and census data to understand the implications of changing patterns in immigration at national, state and local level.
Objectives: understand historical and contemporary patterns of immigration to the United States, observe immigration markers in cultural landscapes, and identify trends in population changes in the state and community
The Costs of War: Students will explore the human, economic, social, and political costs of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Objectives: understand the scope of the cost, identify who bears the cost and implications for the future
The Debate Over Globalization: Students will research, analyze, and debate pros and cons of globalization.
Objectives: Define and conduct research about globalization, identify pros and cons, choose and support one side of the debate
Demographics of Immigration: Using United States Census Data: Students will study U.S. Census data to create charts and graphs representing past and current immigration trends.
Objectives: Analyze U.S. Census data regarding immigrant demographics, compare and contrast data to determine demographic changes over time, calculate percentages and apply other mathematical skills to arrive at conclusions regarding historic and current immigrant trends and patterns
Discover Diplomacy: Diplomatic Simulations in the Classroom: Nine diplomacy simulations where students negotiate global challenges ranging from migration to wildlife trafficking.
Objectives: Researching and defining a position on a foreign policy issue and adjusting this position as the negotiation evolves, prioritizing goals and objectives, defining responsibilities within the group, creatively negotiating, compromising, and resolving conflict, active listening, team and alliance building, weighing different perspectives and points-of-view, articulating a position, and persuading others, investigating worldwide issues, appreciating different perspectives on those issues, finding opportunities to improve situations, and taking practical action
Faces of America: Students will use clips from Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s PBS Series Faces of America to explore hostile reception immigrants have often received from nativists in America. They will be introduced to larger historical patterns and forces of immigration throughout American history and contemporary America. Finally, they will write letters to hypothetical immigrants to America from the top ten immigrant-sending nations.
Objectives: describe major patterns and forces of immigration, analyze origins and motivations of ethnic stereotyping of immigrants, define major congressional legislation which affected immigrant policy throughout American History, and detect parallels between current immigration policy and historical patterns of anti-immigration movements
Model United Nations: Students will simulate a United Nations General Assembly session to acquaint themselves with issues in international relations and the structure, aims and procedures used by the United Nations to resolve disputes between nations.
Objectives: Learn about current and past problems and situations affecting the United Nations, learn about the life, career, and philosophy of Ralph Bunche, develop cooperative learning skills and develop ability to reach fair compromises, develop critical thinking skills about historical issues as well as current issues in international relations
People on the Move: Two activities designed to help students understand how the movement of people introduces changes in terms of social, economic, environmental, and political makeup of states and regions.
Objectives: Describe patterns of internal migration in the United States (past and present), evaluate implications of internal migration, examine population movement at the state and local levels
Tic-Tac-Toe Tariff: Students will be divided into two countries and given a random basket of Dum Dum Pops. They will trade with other students to get a more valuable basket by the end of the game.
Objectives: Understand the costs and benefits of tariffs
Treaty of Versailles Simulation: Students will engage in a simulation in which they each take part of a major participant in the Treaty of Versailles. They will understand the desires of each country going into negotiations and how the treaty actually ended up (can be adapted for more recent treaties).
Objectives: evaluate the choices each side made and the consequences, understand the interactions among individuals, groups, and institutions