How to Use the Global Oneness Project Lesson Plans

We’ve created these lesson plans to help teachers bring multimedia resources into their classrooms. The Global Oneness Project is a multimedia platform containing stories—in the form of articles, films, and photo essays—to deepen learning and empower change. Our interdisciplinary stories and lessons provide meaningful opportunities to emphasize the integration of literacy with auditory and visual learning. The lesson plans are correlated with National Standards to facilitate the development of active, critical thinking in student learning as well as the advancement of active citizens.

This how-to guide is a framework for understanding each section of our lesson plans and its intended function. All of the lesson plans on our website can be integrated into your own existing lesson plans and course frameworks or can be used as “stand alone” lessons. They can easily be adapted to your own style of teaching, giving you a head start.

The title reflects the overall message of the story.

The lesson is based on a story from the Global Oneness Project website, which includes a selection of articles, films, and photo essays from around the world.

Subject area(s) are suggested high school and college courses within which a story and lesson plan might be used.

The key idea is the larger concept explored in the lesson.

The themes, or main ideas, listed explore various humanistic perspectives explored in the lesson.

This section is intended for the teacher. An overview of the story, issue, or subject matter is provided to help the instructor conduct the lesson.

The standards, including the Common Core English Language Arts, the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards, and the Next Generation Science Standards, are aligned within the lesson for teacher reference.

The approximate amount of classroom time needed to conduct the lesson is 60 minutes.

This section contains a bulleted list of materials or equipment needed in the classroom.

Any advanced planning or other preparations needed by the instructor before presenting the lesson is included in this section.

Setting the Stage

Thought-provoking questions are explored in this section to introduce the story to the class. The teacher can also pull information from the background section to provide an overview and set up the lesson.

Engaging with the Story

Activities will be described in this section—ways that students will engage with others by working in pairs, small groups, class discussions, or other classroom projects. Teachers will be given suggestions for student engagement, including specific actions or tasks of observation.

Delving Deeper

This section provides a step-by-step description of the activity the class will explore, which will help students dig deeper into the themes and issues raised in the story. Opportunities will be included for students to express their opinions clearly and consider different arguments. Real-life examples or situations, as well as role-play assignments, are offered which can help students engage with the topic. Teachers can determine the process of how to use the material. Suggested examples are provided and depending upon the class, the teacher can alter the lesson as needed.

Reflecting and Projecting

This section includes questions for reflective writing assignments as well as other activities that will guide students to consider the story’s wider implications. These questions are intended to create an opportunity for students to demonstrate their ability to do the thinking required in the National Standards. Students will be asked to integrate their knowledge and ideas from various points of view and apply newly learned ideas.


The resources listed are suggested material for background or additional information that would strengthen the lesson. The content in these resources are accessible and have a high impact for student learning.


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