Lesson Plan

Introduction to the United Nations - Social Studies 8: Power

The lesson begins with a reading on the United Nations and the Nobel Peace Prize. After a brief discussion of the article students are asked to write letters to the United Nations Secretary-General expressing their global concerns, the world they would like to see in the twenty-first century, and the role they see themselves playing in it.

Following composition, students will read their letters to the class for feedback and complete another draft for display.

The lesson plan also provides a mailing address where the students could send their letters. If this is done, please note: since the lesson was first posted, the United Nations has chosen another Secretary General. Letters should be addressed to Mr. Ban Ki-moon. A biography of Mr. Ban can be found at un.org/sg/biography.shtml.

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