In this unit that provides examples of philanthropic opportunities to help others for the common good, students learn about three global health issues and take local action to address the issues. Each lesson may stand alone to focus on a single issue: Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Hunger, or Malaria. In Lesson One, students research the names, causes, and symptoms of common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). They identify resources someone can turn to for help with STDs and propose and carry out a plan to teach others about STDs. In Lesson Two, students define hunger and explore the myths and facts about the issue of global hunger. They brainstorm actions they can take to reduce the effects of hunger on others in their community and around the world. Students write poems to represent their thinking about the problem of hunger. In Lesson Three, students learn facts about the global threat of malaria and methods for fighting its spread. Students learn one way they can take action against malaria through fundraising to purchase insecticide-treated bed nets.
Four to Six 50-Minute Class Periods, plus time to carry out a service-learning project
The learners will:
In Lesson One, students plan and carry out a campaign to educate others about sexually transmitted diseases, with a goal of reducing the number of cases of STDs in the teen community.
In Lesson Two, students generate a plan of action based on the research and discussion around hunger. They may organize a canned food drive or work in a local soup kitchen/pantry, or come up with another plan to address hunger locally, nationally, or globally.
Lesson Three: Have students form groups of three or four. Within these groups, ask students to pretend they have been hired by the government of a country with a high incidence of malaria, such as Ghana. The government has asked the group to prepare a report that explains how they can reduce the incidence of malaria in the country. Each group should prepare an oral and visual presentation (e.g., posters and charts) that discusses its recommendations, taking information from the websites they have visited.
World Health Organization website: http://www.who.int/malaria/en/. See statistics about Ghana here: http://www.who.int/malaria/publications/country-profiles/profile_gha_en.pdf
GenerationOn. "Sweat for Nets" http://www.generationon.org/teachers/resources/sweat-for-nets. Access the forms at http://www.generationon.org/orgs/sweat-for-nets-forms-and-templates.
See individual lessons for benchmark detail.
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