Homework and class work: Students will do individual exploratory research, using the internet and primary documents provided, which they will utilize in the group creation of a power point presentation over at least three accomplishments/events/activities, which are relevant to the mission of the United Nations, during a specific decade from the creation of the United Nations until the present time period. They will include a paragraph explaining the cause/effect of each item. (Other options, other than power points, could include project boards or time lines which would not require the use of technology usage).
Students will, in 7 groups, be given 1 of each of the 7 decades, identifying, defining, and explaining main functions of the United Nations during their specific era, and will share with the class their findings and inferences. Included in their research will be military, humanitarian (health), economic, and/or agricultural actions. They will also discuss any criticism over their event/issue and how critics thought they were justified in those criticisms. Their thesis statement, when giving their presentation, will be to give their own analysis and examination over the success of the UN during their specific decade, supporting their inference with examples/primary documents.
(Additional/enrichment activities: Students will prepare a paragraph over a NGO, using websites provided, to compare/contrast with others in a class discussion)
Students will gain an understanding of the need for the creation of the UN; they will be able to identify and clarify what/who it is; they will gain a deeper rational as to why people criticized/opposed it; they will see what nations/groups of people it has helped and its success; finally, they will develop their own inferences at to its importance today, citing primary sources in support of their thesis of whether it has truly reached its mission during their specific decade.
- Understand through exploration and discovery, what the mission and basic operation of the UN is and why the United Nations, as an international organization, was needed along with being able to define and identify the 5 branches of the UN and their main functions
- Will develop an understanding/comprehension of how the UN was a result of the international issues of the 1900’s through their creation of a group generated power point presentation (could possible do one of the other options) of some of the important historical events occurring within the UN realm during a specific decade
- Discuss some of the criticisms of the UN, from the past and present and the critics’ justifications
- Demonstrate inquiry, synthesis, and technology skills through research
(Enrichment activity objectives: Classify, compare, contrast, and clarify the importance of NGO’s and their relationships to each other and within the UN)
NATIONAL STANDARDS/SOCIAL STUDIES:
V. Individuals, Groups, & Institutions
Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of interactions among individuals, groups, and institutions, so that the learner can:
c. identify examples of institutions and describe the interactions of people with institutions;
f. give examples of the role of institutions in furthering both continuity and change;
IX. Global Connections
Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of global connections and independence, so that the learner can:
b. give examples of conflict, cooperation, and interdependence among individuals, groups, and nations;
e. examine the relationships and tensions between personal wants and needs and various global concerns, such as use of imported f. investigate concerns, issues, standards, and conflicts related to universal human rights, such as the treatment of children, religious groups, and effects of war. oil, land use, and environmental protection
MISSOURI STATE STANDARDS/SHOW-ME STANDARDS/SOCIAL STUDIES:
3. principles and processes of governance systems
6. relationships of the individual and groups to institutions and cultural traditions
7. the use of tools of social science inquiry (such as surveys, statistics, maps, documents)
COMMOM CORE STATE STANDARDS:
Reading Standards for Informational Text 6-12
Key Ideas and Details
Grade 8 students will:
- Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
Craft and Structure
Grade 8 students will:
- Analyze in detail the structure of a specific paragraph in a text, including the role of particular sentences in developing and refining a key concept.
- Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints.
Writing Standards 6-12
Grade 8 students will:
Text Types and Purposes
- Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organizations, and analysis of relevant content.
b. Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
Speaking and Listening Standards 6-12
Grade 8 students will:
Comprehension and Collaboration
- Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
- Come to discussions prepared having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.
SOCIAL STUDIES GRADE LEVEL EXPECTATIONS: 6-8TH GRADES
RELATIONSHIPS OF INDIVIDUAL AND GROUPS TO INSTITUTIONS AND TRADITIONS
Concept 6. Knowledge of relationships of the Individual and groups to Institutions and cultural traditions
- Knowledge of how needs of individuals are met
Analyze how the needs of individuals are met by families, friends, groups and organizations, such as governments, businesses, schools, religious institutions and charities in the United States and other nations (SS6 1.6, 1.9)
TOOLS OF SOCIAL SCIENCE INQUIRY
Concept 7. Knowledge of the use of tools of social science inquiry (such as surveys, maps, and documents)
- Identify, select, use, analyze and create appropriate resources, primary and secondary, for social science inquiry
Select, investigate, and present a topic using primary and secondary resources, such as oral interview, artifacts, journals, documents, photos and letters (SS7 1.2, 1.4, 2.1)
www.learningtogive.org – great for information about the creation of the United Nations
http://geography.about.com/od/politicalgeography/a/unitednations.htm - great for information about the creation about the United Nations