One or Two 60-Minute Class Periods
The learner will:
- identify a current issue or event in another part of the world.
- research and identify philanthropic organizations involved in the current issue or event.
- identify specific actions taken by one organization.
Use the KWL method to quickly find out what students know about the Red Cross, what they want to learn, and at the end of the lesson, what they have learned. Post student responses in columns on the board or a chart.*
- Discuss the American and International Red Cross. Identify the mission of the organization and discuss the functions of the organization. This is an opportunity to find out what students already know about the Red Cross.
- The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.
- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and internal violence and to provide them with assistance. It directs and coordinates the international relief activities conducted by the Movement in situations of conflict. It also endeavors to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles. Established in 1863, the ICRC is at the origin of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
- Using print materials and Web site information, students will find information about the Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Examples of information to be found would be:
- Mission Statement
- The various activities and functions these organizations perform.
- An account of recent events where the Red Cross or ICRC has provided assistance. (Visit Web sites.)
- Provide students with magazine or newspaper accounts of a current event such as Hurricane Mitch, the earthquake of January 1999 in Colombia, or other natural disasters. Students should read accounts of these disasters to understand the needs of the victims and their community.
- Students, working in cooperative groups of two to four individuals, will brainstorm the needs of the people/country of the disaster areas. Following the brainstorming activity, students will share with the rest of the class the needs they identified. Construct an all-class list of needs (see Attachment One, Column One).
- Students will return to the information they gathered about the Red Cross and construct detailed lists of the activities that have been sponsored by the organization in response to the disaster (see Attachment One, Column Two).
- Students will construct a chart that will compare the class-identified needs of the people/country, and which of those needs the Red Cross is (or was) trying to help meet (see Attachment One, Columns One and Two).
- * List what students have learned about the Red Cross in the last column of the KWL Chart. Guide the class in recognizing connections among the items in the completed chart.
Lesson Developed By:Thomas Webb
|Class-Identified Disaster Victim Needs||Current Red Cross Efforts
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