Creative Visions has developed educational curricula to accompany the GlobalTribe series. Each of the lessons is designed for grades 9-12 and can be adapted to fill a range of in-class hours. Lessons for each GlobalTribe episode are available as an Adobe Acrobat (pdf) file.
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1. Permaculture (pdf): If young people in Mexico City are trying to use permaculture techniques to transform their immediate environment, even in small ways, what can we do in the US? In this lesson, students will investigate how different aspects of your school, such as its energy consumption or food production, could be transformed into a permaculture environment.
2. Monarchs (pdf): Monarch butterflies have long been known for their amazing migration patterns. More recently, they've been seen as a bellwether of environmental ills. Similar to the issues faced by the monarchs, what are examples of human and environmental conflicts in your community? Students will explore local issues, such as land development and habitat protection, by learning from people associated with all angles of the conflict.
3. Sea Turtles (pdf): Ecotourism is one of several ways that Mexico is trying to gain both money for environmental issues and increased awareness on the part of visitors. What is ecotourism and how does it work? Create your own ecotourist destinations and find out!
1. Smoky Valley (pdf): Garbage is an industry. Around the world, complex and often much politicized systems are in place to manage our waste. On the lowest rung of this ladder are people like Rosemary who rely on garbage heaps for their livelihoods. The rest of us should not blindly throw away our food wrappers, diapers, and old computers; we need to understand what happens to our garbage and consider other options.
2. Coral Reefs and Fishing Practices (pdf): Salmon. Shrimp. Mahi mahi. Which one would you choose to eat if you wanted to make the most environmentally responsible choice? This exercise will help you understand the differences in how various fish and shellfish are caught and managed and which are most plentiful.
3. Oral Traditions (pdf): Whether it's the Hudhud or an Appalachian ballad, every culture has stories that are in danger of being lost. Students will explore and record fading traditions close to home.
1. Nelson Mandela (pdf): What does strength look like? What about humiliation? By reading some of the powerful excerpts from Nelson Mandela's biography regarding his imprisonment on Robben Island, students will consider the central emotions and messages of his experience and interpret them through a dramatic exercise.
2. Political Prisoners (pdf): You've heard of Nelson Mandela but have you heard of Ziad Hussein Abarusky, a political prisoner who is currently being held in Ethiopia? Through exploring various political prisoners, both historical and contemporary figures, students will discover some of the practices used to exonerate these prisoners and also the similarities of their plights.
3. Truth and Reconciliation (pdf): South Africa underwent an emotionally wrenching process when it chose to air decades of crimes and injustice through the The Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Should the United States consider a similar process to expose the roots of racism?
Jennifer New is a freelance writer and curriculum designer. She has provided educational materials for such companies as The Microsoft Corporation, Pearson, and McGraw-Hill, in addition to a wide array of non-profit organizations. She is the author of Dan Eldon: The Art of Life (Chronicle Books, 2001) and the forthcoming Working Books: The Art of the Journal (Princeton Architectural Press). She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.