Yet another topic I’ve been thinking about lately. Our reading book has a chapter on economics. The first half of the chapter focuses on poverty and efforts in some countries to provide work for women. I got a little inspired and checked out this website: The Global Poverty Project. I’m working with a high-intermediate group of students.
Here’s a little of what we’ve done so far:
First day – We discussed this quote: “Prosperity is a way of living and thinking, and not just money or things. Poverty is a way of living and thinking, and not just money or things.” — Eric Butterworth, author of Spiritual Economics. Homework: visit the Global Poverty Project website blog and choose a blog post to share with the class.
Second day: Students shared their blog posts in groups. We practiced oral summaries, and then we discussed some of the issues that came up in their group discussions.
Third day: We watched this video from the blog. Students wrote down new words, and then they read the article below the blog. I created a short worksheet with some inference and comprehension questions. We talked about Nelson Mandela’s quote: “Education is the powerful weapon to save the world.”
We’ve only made it to the third day, but I like where this is going. We had a great discussion about the power of education and what a positive influence it has had in all of our lives. I’m trying to think about where to take this next. Any ideas?
Here are some other interesting links I found related to the Global Poverty Project: Live Below the Line, a Huffington Post article on Live Below the Line (would be too advanced for my students, but perfect for a higher level class)