These units, lesson plans, websites and resource lists have been developed by licensed K-12 teachers in conjunction with Institute for Global Studies professional development opportunities. Lessons are linked to state standards.
Lesson Plans and Units developed by K-12 and Community College Educators
Units and Lesson Plans on Teaching Issues of Social Justice
- Investigating Social Justice through Infrastructure (Secondary Social Studies, Humanities, Current Events)
- Social Justice in Action (Grades 2-5)
- What do You Think When You Look at Me? Body Shaming across Cultures (Secondary Sociology)
- Intro to Social Justice Education (Community College Syllabus)
Units and Lesson Plans about Africa
- An Opportunity in Africa (Secondary Social Studies)
- Culture and Identity (Secondary Social Studies)
- Deconstructing Stereotypes (Secondary Interdisciplinary)
- Economics of Africa Unit (Secondary Social Studies)
- Ghanian Fantasy Coffins Lessons (Secondary Social Studies)
- Kibera Walls for Peace Lessons (Secondary Social Studies)
- Play Pump Lessons (Secondary Social Studies)
- Ripple Effects: How Access to Water and Sanitation Impact Standard of Living (Secondary Social Studies)
- Teaching with Comics (Secondary Interdisciplinary)
- Unpacking African Stereotypes (Secondary Interdisciplinary)
- The Red Pencil as Ethnography (Secondary Interdisciplinary Social Studies/ Language Arts)
- A Long Way from Home: A Study of Journeys and their Effects on Mankind through Black Dove White Raven (Secondary Language Arts)
- Challenging Perspectives: An Inquiry Based Approach to Apartheid in Beverly Naidoo's Out of Bounds (Middle and Secondary Language Arts)
- Far From Home: Novel Study (Secondary Language Arts)
Award Winning Books for K-12 Students on Global Topics
Children’s Africana Book Awards
Since 1991, these awards honor outstanding books on Africa published or republished in the United States. View past winners.
Middle East Outreach Council Book Awards
Since 1999, these awards recognize books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to understanding of the Middle East. View past winners.
Américas Award: Consortium of Latin American Studies Program
Since 1993, these awards recognize books for children and young adults that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States, and to provide teachers with recommendations for classroom use. View past winners.
Website for 2016 Summer Institute Africa in the Classroom
Resources including maps, data, lesson plans, service learning, and more can be found on the Africa in the Classroom website.