December Theme: Humanitarianism

What does it mean to be a true humanitarian? What does it take to put aside personal beliefs and go to the aid of those in need even if it comes with great personal sacrifice? What is your personal responsibility to fellow humans?

7th/8th Grade 
Advisory 12/5/16

Today we are transitioning from Poverty and Hunger to Humanitarianism. This month is also an opportunity to focus on inquiry and being an inquirer. As you learn about humanitarian crises and the needs of your fellow man across the globe, how can you lead your own inquiry on the things that speak to you the most?

Think about a problem or issue facing humanity today. Hunger, clean water, war and conflict, what is your responsibility as a citizen of the world, to solve these problems? 

Think about this question as you go through the following activities...
 
Today, let's look at World Humanitarian day 2016 and it's theme of "One Humanity". 

Watch this "Video"

YouTube Video

 

This video is about World Humanitarian Day at the UN. To have students find out a little more about World Humanitarian Day, have them visit the UN website.

In 2016 the day focused on "One Humanity" as a theme and raising awareness about what they called impossible choices that people all over the world have to face every day. 

Read about the efforts to raise awareness in 2016.

Advisory 12/7/16

Today, continue your conversation about humanitarian work and making impossible choices.

Start by taking this quiz with a partner. 
  • Go to the website
  • Scroll down and choose the second option "Start Impossible Choices to walk in the shoes of a refugee". 
  • Start by choosing "Start without Facebook personalisation"
  • Go through the scenarios with your partner and remember, it is just a simulation (an experience designed to be similar to what some people have to go through)
Discuss the choices you made with your partner, why do you think the UN describes these decisions as "impossible choices"?

Advisory 12/12/15

Last week, you took a look at "impossible choices". Today, you are going to do some research about those actually living in crisis. 

Go to the OCHA website, with your team, choose a country from the list where they work  and get a little more informed. 

What do you think you need to know about this situation?
With your team, create a chart or mind map organizing the information you find.

Advisory 12/14/15

Now that you have had a chance to learn more about the people and places in crisis, let's go back to the initial question: what is your responsibility as a citizen of the world, to solve these problems? 

In writing, respond to this question. This response could be a poem, essay, cartoon, or other form of written expression. 


6th Grade 
Advisory 12/5/16

Today we are transitioning from Poverty and Hunger to Humanitarianism. This month is also an opportunity to focus on inquiry and being an inquirer. As you learn about humanitarian crises and the needs of your fellow man across the globe, how can you lead your own inquiry on the things that speak to you the most? 

Think about a problem or issue facing humanity today. Hunger, clean water, war and conflict, what is your responsibility as a citizen of the world, to solve these problems? 

Think about this question as you go through the following activities...
 
Today you will be focusing on defining humanitarianism. There are 4 principles of humanitarian work: neutrality, impartiality, humanity and independence. 

YouTube Video

 

This video is about World Humanitarian Day at the UN. To have students find out a little more about World Humanitarian Day, have them visit the UN website.

This website talks about how the day is all about celebrating those that gave their lives in the service of others and it also describes the 4 principles listed above. 

In 2016 the day focused on "One Humanity" as a theme and raising awareness about what they called impossible choices that people all over the world have to face every day. 

Since this day is about celebrating those who give their lives in the service of humanity, this weeks activity will be to research a humanitarian as a team and create a postage stamp to describe how this person put their "stamp" on the world. Here are two websites that could give you ideas on who you might choose and get you started.



After you have learned about the humanitarian you chose, use this template and example to create your own postage stamp as a team, then share it with cassandra.pate@pueblocityschools. 

Humanitarian Stamps


Open up this document and then "make a copy" to create your own in drive! Don't forget to share it!

Advisory 12/7/16

Today, you will finish researching your chosen humanitarian and share with the class. Here are the links to the starter websites if you need them! If you cannot access these websites, try a google search, there is a ton of information about great humanitarians out there!



Advisory 12/12/15

This week, you are going to look at the idea of micro philanthropy and why it has become so popular today. First start with this video about Adam Carter who started his own micro philanthropy called Cause and Affect.

YouTube Video


After the video, think about what Adam said about finding what we have in common as humans and then using our actions or our work to help bring us to a more equal place. 

Then, check out Adam Carters website:

Ask yourself: what does the Cause and Affect Foundation do that is different from other charities you have heard of?

Check out the field reports located on the website. There are some really amazing stories about people getting the aid they need regardless of the differences we have, what an inspiration! 

Advisory 12/14/15

Continuing with the idea of micro philanthropy or having a direct link between you and the cause you are supporting, check out some of the organizations that are offering a less conventional philanthropy like modestneeds.org, justserve.org, or heifer.org. These organizations allow you to donate to specific people for specific needs. 

Now that you have had a chance to learn more humanitarians and philanthropy, let's go back to the initial question: what is your responsibility as a citizen of the world, to solve these problems?



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