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Recognizing the Faces of Hunger and Poverty
(8th Grade)
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Focus Question(s):

How might individuals and society address the issues of poverty, homelessness and hunger, and their underlying causes?

NOTE: Prior to this lesson, use the Blue Sky Activity in which students envision a better world.  If you already have a Blue Sky display, revisit it before beginning this lesson.
 

Purpose:

The learners will recognize and identify many of the causes of hunger and poverty in the world as well as in their community. They will demonstrate an understanding of one's responsibility to provide for the common good by appropriately responding to the needs of others, particularly those who are experiencing hunger or poverty in their community.

Duration:

One 50 minute class period

Objectives:

The learner will:

  • define the terms hunger and poverty.
  • recognize the many faces of hunger and poverty. 
  • identify many causes of hunger and poverty and how they might be connected.
  • articulate the meaning of the terms civic responsibility and common good and their connectedness.
  • identify local needs related to hunger and poverty.
  • consider intervention strategies to address the issues of hunger and poverty in their community.

Materials:

Handout 1
Poverty and Hunger Video Handout
Handout 2
CRI Action Plan (Crisis Reduction Intervention)

Teacher Preparation:

It is important to be sensitive to the possibility that someone in your class may have some personal experience with homelessness, hunger and poverty.
 

Instructional Procedure(s):

Anticipatory Set:
As the learners are entering the classroom have on display the pictures found at
http://www.borgenproject.org/Pictures.html. Have the learners share what it is that they see in these pictures and note their responses on the display board (i.e. words like poverty, hunger, ill health, fear, loneliness, hopelessness, etc.). Encourage them to share in a word or phrase what feelings these pictures evoke.

  • Tell the class they will be now see a video stream that depicts a hunger and poverty crisis and they should pay close attention to as they will be asked to respond to a series of questions concerning what they see. Show the video stream http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZ94sfaq3Nc&eurl=
    http://www.friendsofwfp.org/site/pp.asp?c=7oIJLSOsGpF&b=4069737
  • After viewing the video, distribute a copy of Attachment One: Poverty and Hunger Video Handout to each learner and instruct them to answer all of the questions to the best of their ability.
  • Assign the learners to groups of three giving them time to review their group's responses to questions 1-7 and to decide on their best "final" answer.
  • Have each groups then share their responses to questions 1-7 and capture the essence of their responses on the display board. Discuss and summarize these shared responses and check for learner understanding.
  • Confident that the learners now have a better understanding of poverty and hunger and their relationship to each other begin a class discussion focusing on their individual responses to questions 8-9.
  • Now that some issues/problems of poverty/hunger have been identified in the community, have the learners turn their attention to question 10 and share their thoughts. Following this sharing of thoughts/ideas, write the words Civic Responsibility/Common Good in large letters. Have the learners share what they think these terms mean. (Definition: Civic Responsibility- A person’s duty or obligation to their community as a citizen to promote the common good; Common Good -  Involves individual citizens having the commitment and motivation to promote the welfare of the community [even if they must sacrifice their own time, personal preferences or money] to work together with other members for the greater benefit of all). Engage the learners in a discussion as to why it is everyone's civic responsibility to help ensure all citizens (of one’s community and the world) access to the earth's resources.
  • Conclude this lesson by listing the thoughts/ideas the learners have identified in question 11 as some of the ways, they as a class, can display their civic responsibility by helping to address the issues of poverty and/or hunger in their own community and promote the common good.
 

Assessment:

The assessment for this lesson can include an evaluation of the learners' involvement in class and small group discussions, an assessment of the depth of understanding and appropriateness of responses offered during question/answer periods.

(Optional Extension Assessment: The creative presentation of their picture/icon/symbol representative of the action they could take to alleviate hunger and/or poverty in their community and/or their active participation in playing The Rice Game)

Learning Link(s): (click to view)

Cross-Curriculum Extensions:

  • To help the learners remember this class experience give each of them an 8 1/2  x 11 sheet of unlined paper. Have them  draw a picture/icon/symbol that represents an action they could take to alleviate hunger and/or poverty  in their community.  Tell them that each of these depictions will be displayed somewhere in the school during the Drive event to serve as a visual reminder of the important role that all people must play if we are to end poverty and hunger in our community as well as our world.
  • Using Attachment Two: CRI Action Plan have the learners brainstorm actions that they as an individual  could take to help diminish the causes for hunger (poverty and homelessness) in the community.  ( ex: help serve a meal in a local soup kitchen, donate one week's allowance to a food bank/food pantry, prepare and deliver a meal to a family in crisis, etc.)   
  • Introduce the learners to The Rice Game and encourage their involvement. This is one way to address the issues of poverty and hunger in the world. www.freerice.com

Reflection: (click to view)

Lesson Developed By:

Amy Anderson
New Albany Schools
Hazelwood Middle School
New Albany, IN 47150

Handouts:

Handout 1Print Handout 1

Poverty and Hunger Video Handout

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Video Clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZ94sfaq3Nc&eurl=http://www.friendsofwfp.org/site/pp.asp?c=7oIJLSOsGpF&b=4069737

 

  1. Define what poverty is in your own words.
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  2. What were the causes of poverty in the video?

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  3. What evidence in the video proved that poverty exists?
     
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  4. Define what hunger is in your own words.
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  5. What were the causes of hunger in the video?
     
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  6. What evidence in the video proved hunger exists?

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  7. In what ways might hunger and poverty be connected? Is it possible to be hungry and not be considered poor? Is it possible to be poor but yet have plenty of good food to eat? Explain your answers.

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  8. Do you see the crisis issues of hunger and poverty in our local community?

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  9. What might be some reasons why hunger and poverty exist in our community?
     
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  10. Why is it important that we be concerned about those who are experiencing poverty and/or hunger in our community?

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  11. In what ways might we, as a class, be able to address poverty/hunger in our community?

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Handout 2Print Handout 2

CRI Action Plan (Crisis Reduction Intervention)

Name_____________________Date___________________Class___________

 

 

CRI Action Plan
Below, brainstorm actions you as an individual  could take to help diminish the causes for hunger (poverty and homelessness) in our community.  ( ex: help serve a meal in a local soup kitchen, donate one week's allowance to a food bank/food pantry, prepare and deliver a meal to a family in crisis, etc.)    
 

 

 

Circle the actions above that you feel you could do to respond to hunger, poverty, or homelessness in our community.
 

 

 

 

Pick one action you circled and think of the steps needed to reach that action.
 

 

 

 

Fill out the CRI Action Plan outline below, and type up the final copy.
 

 

 

 

Group Names:

Date:

Class:

I. Crisis Issue:

A.    Economic Level ( Global, National, Local):

B.      People affected ( data with bibliographies):

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C.    Causes (data with bibliographies):

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D.      Misc. Background on Issue:

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II.       Action to end Issue:

 

A.       People that can help:

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B.     Organizations that can help:

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C.      Materials Needed:

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D.      Expenses

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E.       Possible Outcomes of Action Plan

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F.       Favored Outcome of Action Plan.

 

 

 

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