Bridging International Education

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International Day of Sport for Development and Peace Lesson Plans The United Nations International Day of sport for development and peace aims to encourage the role of sport to promote solidarity and brotherhood. It also has the objective to be a tool to promote peace and understanding to unite people from different countries, races, religions, and backgrounds. Celebrated on April 6th every year, it also marks the anniversary of the beginning of the Olympics, in the modern era, in 1896 in Athens, Greece. This special day is an excellent opportunity to engage students in class with a...
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When teaching a characterization lesson plan (or any lesson), the teacher must address the one question that hovers over the classroom: Who cares? That is, why is this important? Analyzing character development in literature helps students make sense of their world. It gives them insight into why we like or dislike another person. It gives students insights that how characters act is a better indication of who they are as opposed to what they say. Students see that often what others think or say about a character isn't always correct. Keeping it on an ELA standards level, analyzing...
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6 Ideas for World Health Day Lesson Plans   World Health Day is a special day celebrated every year on the 7th of April, with the objective of raising global awareness on current health issues around the world. Sponsored by the World Health Organization, one of the main objectives this year is to increase health coverage around the globe. Millions of people still do not have access to proper health care and although gradual improvement can be seen, there are still thousands who have to choose between paying for health care and paying for necessities like food and electricity. World...
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  World Water Day is coming up soon, and this is a really exciting opportunity to plan some unique lessons around this very important topic. World Water Day is linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #6, which has the objective of making fresh water available for everyone on the planet by the year 2030. Lack of fresh water and water shortages are a critical issue around the globe, and millions of people lack access to safe water. Water is a basic human need and therefore also a basic human right. It’s important to educate our students as to why this global issue must...
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Teaching imagery in literature begins by sharing definitions and warning students not to say, write, or even think the phrase, "imagery paints a picture in the reader's mind." The Four Levels of Teaching Imagery. Know the definition: Imagery is the use of sensory language and descriptive details. For imagery to be effective, it must appeal to at least one of the five senses--sight, sound, taste, touch, or smell. Identify examples of imagery in literature. This takes imagery to the next level. Identifying imagery demonstrates true understanding. Analyze the image. The first two...
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If you know how to read and write, you know how to interpret symbols. Let's take symbolism interpretation to the next level with these teaching symbolism in literature lesson plans. But first, let's look at our goals. Level 1: Know the definition. This requires little more than memorization. Although it forms the foundation of studying symbolism in literature, it has no use outside of not feeling dumb during English class. Level 2: Identify symbols in literature. This gets class discussion going. It forces students to go beyond the literal interpretation of events in a literary...
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