ERIC Number: ED443752
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Landmines: The Hidden Crisis. For Middle School Grades.
Johnson, Jacquelyn S.
Intended to make the issue of landmines pertinent and accessible to classroom teachers, this curriculum unit provides material to teach middle school students about the numbers and dangers of anti-personnel landmines placed around the world. By completing the unit, students demonstrate their achievement of several of the social studies standards developed for middle school students in civics and geography. It is suggested that students participate in several pre-assessment activities in preparation for essay writing. Activity 1 is designed to access background information students may have on the landmine crisis, while activity 2 requires students to develop two world maps using data from official U.S. reports. Activity 3 teaches about ongoing U.S.-supported mine awareness education programs in mine-affected nations, while in activity 4 students brainstorm and create a graphic organizer on the various effects the presence of landmines has on the social, economic, geographic, and political spheres of mine-affected nations. The unit provides the teacher with strategies and tips for the actual assessment, as well as 10 handouts for students with relevant information. Appendixes contain a glossary, a list of non-governmental and international organizations, and informational resources. A comic book featuring Superman and Wonder Woman entitled "The Hidden Killer" accompanies the unit. (BT)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Childrens Rights, Foreign Countries, International Relations, Middle Schools, National Standards, Persuasive Discourse, Physical Environment, Social Studies, War
Center for Teaching International Relations, University of Denver, 2201 South Gaylord, Denver, CO 80208-0268; tel: 303-871-3106; 800-967-2847 (Toll Free); Web site: http://www.du.edu/ctir.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Department of State, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Denver Univ., CO. Center for Teaching International Relations.