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The Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools program fosters an understanding of other cultures and global issues by providing online educational resources based on the Peace Corps experience and facilitating communication among U.S. learners and current and returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

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  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Geography
  • English Language Arts
  • Arts & Music
  • Social Studies
  • Foreign Language
  • Intercultural Understanding

The Pulaku Documentary Project takes students on a trip across West Africa, allowing them to experience different aspects a culture threatened by desertification and development.

  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • English Language Arts
  • Health & Wellness

HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa

  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • English Language Arts

Students will wrestle with resolving contrasting values between cultures.

  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • English Language Arts

The writer confronts issues of racial prejudice that she encounters in South Africa, years after the abolition there of the official policy of apartheid.

  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • English Language Arts
  • Literature

Students will examine the universal nature of folk tales and evaluate the meaning of a tale told in Togo.

  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • English Language Arts
  • Literature

Lesson 2 to Help! My Father Is Coming! and The Visit to Vijay's

  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • English Language Arts
  • Literature

Lesson 2 for Mr. John and the Day of Knowledge

  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • English Language Arts
  • Religion

In this unit, students will reflect on the role of water in ceremonies and celebrations around the world.

  • Grades K - 2
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • English Language Arts
  • Geography

The following lesson engages young children in ideas and concepts surrounding community with an exploration of the varied factors that influence how people live, the roles of adults and children, and the interaction of people who live and work within a community.

  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • English Language Arts

Students will strive to view situations from more than their own point of view.

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  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • English Language Arts
  • Women & Gender

Learners will read and discuss "Declaration," a poem about girls' fight for their dreams in South Africa. Learners will focus their reading and discussion on issues of gender as they appear in the poem.

  • Poem
  • Women & Gender
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • English Language Arts

A poem about a resilient group of girls in South Africa.

  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • English Language Arts
  • Global Issues
  • Social Studies

Engaging learners about diversity and discrimination from a global perspective.

  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • English Language Arts
  • International Cuisine

Lesson 1 to Help! My Father Is Coming! and The Visit to Vijay's

  • Grades K - 2
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • English Language Arts
  • Geography

The following lesson engages young children in exploring the concept of family with emphasis on how families around the world share more commonalities than differences.

  • Folk Tale
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • English Language Arts

This folk tale demonstrates in a playful manner how Fate and Mind complement and interact with each other to contribute to a person's success and happiness in life.

  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Literature
  • English Language Arts

Students will find and appreciate that folk tales, a stylized genre of literature, tell more than stories; they convey morals or lessons.

  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • English Language Arts
  • Literature

A simple folk tale on the surface, this tale holds deeper meaning that students can probe, ultimately examining the possible advantages of mortality over immortality.

  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Lesson Plan
  • Teaching of English as a Second Language (TOESL)
  • Geography
  • Science
  • English Language Arts

ESOL Levels: Intermediate, Advanced

  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • English Language Arts
  • Literature

Lesson 3 for The Train Ride Home

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