Fostering-Cultural-Diplomacy
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Developing Your Potential

Overview: What key behaviors are tied to success in the content area you teach? Help your students explore what those behaviors and attitudes look, feel and sounds like. You could…

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From Cartoons to Classics

Overview: Movies and television are rich sources of intercultural content when you know what to look for. This activity will help guide you to select a clip, show or film…

What-do-you-know-of-what-you-heard
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Critical Listening through Debate

Overview: Enjoy an intercultural twist on a unit idea that’s been used for years. Active listening skills, critical thinking and collaboration are all part of engaging in a debate in-person…

Education-for-All
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Listen and Draw

Overview: No artistic abilities are required for this quick activity regardless of whether it is a stand-alone activity or unit starter. Context and communication styles will definitely be part of…

Exploring-Refugees
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Paper Tear

Overview: Take 3-minutes and generate a fabulous discussion about the power of perspective, active listening, and interpersonal communication. This can easily be done virtually and connects to any content area.…

Understanding-Your-Identity
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The What, Why, and When

Overview: Building off the lesson “The What and Why”, students will engage in brief writing activity to determine if their values are aligned with their actions and future goals. Identifying…

Taking-Action-for-the-Environment
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The What and the Why

Overview: Do your own personal values and the values of others impact your daily actions and priorities? This activity helps your class explore the concept of values and can provoke…

Walk-Apart-Walk-Together
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Mapping My Community

Overview: What makes a community? Is it the people, the landmarks, the events or something else? This activity is a great lead-in for most content areas and provokes a great…

Taking-Action-for-the-Environment
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The D.I.V.E. Method

Overview: Give students a method and a reason to process new and different things that they see, hear and experience so they slow down and reflect before judging or stereotyping…

Understanding-Your-Identity
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Who Are The NACIREMA?

Overview: Using a model by Horace Mann, this lesson will challenge students to consider the strong ties between language and culture and how much of their culture is embedded in…

Education-for-All
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Rituals and Traditions

Overview: School routines, rituals and traditions have a large role in the formation of community and students’ comfort levels while learning. This lesson plan helps teachers provoke discussion and reflection…

Fostering-Cultural-Diplomacy
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Interview and Investigate

Overview: Verifying the source of information and understanding how different sources provide varying perspectives on the same topic can be eye-opening for students. This activity is a fun, highly engaging…

What-do-you-know-of-what-you-heard
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What Do You Know of What You Heard

Goal: Participants will recognize the widespread use of stereotypes. Time: 20–30 minutes. Materials: Large sheets of newsprint, tape, markers, and wall space or other surfaces to which newsprint may be…

What-do-you-know-of-what-you-heard
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Non-Verbal Communication

Overview: This lesson plan is designed for students to consider the many ways in which people communicate non-verbally, identify their own preferences, and begin to think about the importance of…

Active Listening
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Active Listening

Active Listening Lesson Plan Overview: Effective communication requires an understanding that not everyone prefers to communicate in the same way. It also requires a person to be an active observer/listener.…

Learning Styles
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Learning Styles

Overview: Use this lesson plan to gauge student learning preferences in the classroom, and help students become more aware of the strengths and challenges of each style. Activity (Methodology): Self-Inventory…

Walk-Apart-Walk-Together
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Walk Apart, Walk Together

This activity is appropriate for a wide variety of ages, ranging from elementary school to adult. Since it requires no special materials, it can be conducted in almost any setting.…

Understanding-Your-Identity
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Understanding Your Identity

Overview: There are many factors and attributes that affect the way we identify ourselves. Elements such as our background, culture, race, and ethnicity have an important role in our identity.…

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The Effects of Nuclear Weapons

Overview: The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki changed the course of history and have had a significant long term effects on the victims. Students will get the opportunity to…

Taking-Action-for-the-Environment
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Taking Action for the Environment

Overview: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) declared June 5 as World Environmental Day in order to create awareness on issues surrounding the planet, encouraging citizens to take global action. The purpose…

Where do you Stand
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Where do you Stand

Overview: People’s values, norms and assumptions can often influence and explain their behaviors. This activity offers the opportunity to self-reflect on one’s own values and how these are reflected in…

Observations-VS-Judgements1
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Conflict Styles

Overview: Use this lesson plan to gauge students’ preferred conflict styles (based on the Thomas-Kilman Model) and open a discussion around how this knowledge might be used to help navigate…

I Am…
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I Am…

Overview: Use this lesson plan to gauge students’ individual tendencies and prompt rich discussion on how cultural tendencies in societies are reflected in the ways that people describe themselves. Activity…

Exploring-Refugees
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The Potato Activity

Goal: To help youth eliminate stereotypes and to recognize the uniqueness of each individual Time: 20-30 minutes Materials: A brown paper bag, one potato for each student in the class,…

Observations-VS-Judgements
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Observations vs Judgments

Overview: This lesson plan will study the concept of culture by further exploring the differences between a cultural generalization (an extension of the concept of observation) and a Cultural Stereotype…

Microfinance
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Microfinance: A Poverty-Fighting Tool

Overview: In September 2000 society’s attention was drawn to certain social and economic issues impacting us on a global scale through the development of the United Nations’ Millennium Goals (MDG).…

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I have a dream

Overview: Dr. Martin Luther King is known to many as one of the most influential leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. His passion and enthusiasm for social justice and equality…

Observations-VS-Judgements1
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Generalization vs Stereotypes

Overview: The goal of this lesson to explore the concept of culture and to provide a clear understanding of culture, a generalization vs. stereotypes, and the ways in which values…

Exploring-Refugees
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Exploring Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Overview: The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees defines a refugee as person who “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality,…

Examining-Humanitarianism
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Examining Humanitarianism

Overview: The United Nations declared August 19 as World Humanitarian Day, as a way to commemorate the 2003 bombing of the U.N in Baghdad, Iraq, as well as a way to…

Education-for-All
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Education for All #BringBackOurGirls

Overview: Several countries have banded together in order to promote gender equality in education with the goal of eradicating gender disparity in the classroom. Even still, there are several social,…

Examining-Current-Social-Movements
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Exploring Cultural Values

Goal: Exploring what students consider to be typical U.S. cultural values while comparing them to their perceptions. Objectives: Students will be able to: Become aware of what are considered typical…

Understanding-Your-Identity
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Connect the Dots

Goal: Participants will experience the fact that we often subconsciously limit our perspectives and alternatives. Time: 15–30 minutes, depending on discussion. Materials: Copies of the “Connect the Dots” handout Pencil…

Exploring-Refugees
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Chain of Diversity

Goal: Participants will discover and recognize the many ways in which they are similar and are different from others in the group, as well as the ways in which each…