April 2007 Lesson Plan


Imagining the Future
Grades 6-12
2-3 Lesson Periods

Objectives


In this lesson, students will:
  1. Envision a future in which the goal of “education for all” has been met
  2. Understand the current needs of their communities to truly achieve the goal of “education for all”
  3. Understand the political, economic and social steps that should be taken to achieve those goals in their communities
  4. Practice their research and writing skills


Description



Students will take part in a brief, class-wide reflection activity in which they will envision their community once the goal of "Education for all" has been reached. Students in small groups will brainstorm the sorts of changes that must happen in their community in order for this goal to be reached – politically, economically and socially. Students will create “newspaper” articles written in 2015, by which time the UNESCO goal for primary education for every person in the world is intended to have been reached. Students will publish these articles on the GCYP “News from the World’s Future” wikispace, sharing their communities’ needs and potential with their fellow students around the world.

Materials


  • Blackboard
  • Computer with internet access
  • MS Word or PowerPoint
  • Email access to participate in forums and wikispace (not needed for every student, but at least one teacher, student, or administrator address is needed for each school group)
  • Guiding Questions handouts (see below)
  • “Posting Your News Article” instructions (see below)

Suggested Procedure


Opening
  1. While we have been discussing the right of everyone to receive an education for a couple months now, the international community set itself the goal of “Education for All” back in 1990. When the “Education for All” initiative was introduced, world leaders hoped to ensure that all citizens of the world would receive at least basic, primary education by 2015.
  2. We have discussed the need for education to ensure our futures are healthy and productive. How does education:
    • Improve our future health?
    • Improve our ability to participate in politics?
    • Improve our future economic situation?
    • Improve our environment?
  3. Does everyone in our community currently receive a basic education?
    • Homeless people/children
    • Poor children and adults
    • Chidren who have to work
    • Disabled children or adults
    • Sick children or adults
  4. What would our community look like if everyone received education?
    • What would public facilities/institutions look like?
    • What would the schools look like – would we need more of them?
    • What would the local government look like?
    • What would the local hospitals be like?
  5. What kind of changes need to be made in our community to reach the goal of “Education for All” by 2015? What are the major obstacles in the way of meeting this goal?
    • What political changes need to be made? (Different types of school systems, different testing systems, etc?)
    • What economic changes need to be made? (More/less resources allocated to schools, different wages for teachers, etc?)
    • What social changes need to be made? (Less discrimination, more attention to boys/girls’ education, etc?)

Group Projects: Newspaper Articles from 2015
  1. Divide students into three groups. Assign each group one arena of change to investigate:
    • Political
    • Social
    • Economic
  2. Using internet resources and local newspapers, each group of students should explore what a major obstacle for achieving “Education for All” within their arena is for their local community, and what needs to change in their local community in order to achieve that goal. (i.e., the group exploring the political arena may find out, through researching local newspapers on the internet, that the proposal for more schools has been stalled in the city council. They should then research how that obstacle can be alleviated – for example, if a large group of people wrote letters to the city council requesting attention on the issue).
  3. Ask each group of students to write one article from the perspective of a journalist writing in the year 2015. In each article, students should:
    • Explain what the major obstacle to reaching the goal of “education to all” was, in the past
    • Explain how that obstacle was overcome
    • Explain how the community has benefited from this change “now” (i.e., in 2015)

Sharing Projects on the Wikispace
  1. Each group of students may post their articles on RI-SOL’s “News from the World” wikipage
  2. Instruct each group of students to post their articles in the following manner:
    • On the correct wiki page (political, economic or social), students should find the heading for their country (Political News in the US, Political News in Afghanistan, etc).
    • Under this heading, students should write a headline and a one-sentence lead-in to their story.
    • Students should follow instructions (below) to link their headlines to a new page, on which they should copy and paste their article.