The Global Family

Wednesday 10/11/2017 – OPENING: 10 minutes

Time for a little practice identifying Big Ideas. We’ll make it quick, watching a short video and then going lightning-round-style around the room to hear your ideas about the big ideas you noticed.

LESSON – 45 minutes

Global Family Worksheet

As has been the case all week, today’s work is intended to get us connecting a bit more closely to our individual roles as citizens of the world. But what does that even mean? What does it mean to be a global citizen?

The United Nations defines it like this…

Global citizenship is the umbrella term for social, political, environmental, and economic actions of globally minded individuals and communities on a worldwide scale. The term can refer to the belief that individuals are members of multiple, diverse, local and non-local networks rather than single actors affecting isolated societies. Promoting global citizenship in sustainable development will allow individuals to embrace their social responsibility to act for the benefit of all societies, not just their own.

For another take, here is the University of British Colombia’s definition

Global citizens are willing to think beyond boundaries of place, identity and category, and recognize all human beings as their equals while respecting humanity’s inherent diversity. Within their own sphere of influence, global citizens seek to imagine and work towards a better world.

I know you may not see yourself like that. You live in Vista…maybe you’ve never been beyond its borders. Or if you have, maybe you’ve never traveled to another country.

So how can you be a global citizen?

It’s a fair question. Ang I guess the best way to answer it is to simply say that some things are what they are, whether we understand them or believe in them or not. Let me give you an example. Gravity exists. It’s one of the four fundamental laws of physics. We don’t need to understand how it works, or even believe that it exists (though I think most people do) in order to be affected by it. Just because we don’t understand it doesn’t mean we get to float, weightless, around the world.

We may not see ourselves as global citizens, but the forces of globalization are absolutely impacting every one of us. How and where we work, the things we buy, the way we shop, our interactions on social media, the actions of our elected leaders…all of it and so much more is directly impacted by “the increased movement of people, knowledge, ideas, goods and money across national borders that has led to increased interconnectedness among the world’s populations, economically, politically, socially and culturally.” (SSRC). That’s our definition of Globalization, remember?

So we are all global citizens now. Like it or not. :)

And today’s lesson is designed to get us thinking bigger. Thinking beyond Vista. Beyond our immediate surroundings. Beyond the people we know and interact with daily. We’ll be working to complete the Global Family worksheet by exploring a handful of resources. The links to these resources are below, and you’re encouraged to use them, naturally. But you’re also able to find your own sources for this information, as long as you assess them for credibility and can justify their use if asked.

This will be individual work in the sense that each of you is responsible for completing a worksheet, but you’re welcome to work together as you do so, asking for, and providing help as needed.

When done, we’ll come back together as a class to finish the period reviewing and discussing our work.



I’ve provided links to a few resources. You’re encouraged to use them, though you can also use other sources. However, if you find your own, please be ready to defend their credibility.

Homework (Continued from yesterday)

  • Over  two days (yesterday and today), you’re to keep a ‘Globalization Journal’.
  • As discussed in class, your job is to keep track of the clothes you wear, the food you eat, the cars you drive in and the news you watch, all in order to begin to see a bit more clearly the global interconnectedness we all experience on a daily basis.
  • Organize this information any way you like, in whatever form you like, but I’m going to need to see your completed work on Thursday. I won’t be accepting late work.
  • The below information must be included on your journal…

List each item, and identify where they were made.

List each item, and figure out where that kind of food originated.
EXAMPLE: Pizza – originated in Italy.

List the make, and identify where that company is headquartered.

List news stories and identify any global connections.
EX: Nuclear deal with Iran, connected to Iran, but also many other countries in the Middle East, as well as Russia.

Quote of the Week

“Change is a word for a journey with stress. You get the journey and you get the stress. At the end, you’re a different person. But both elements are part of the deal.”

Seth Godin

This Week’s Agenda

20 Questions

Global Citizen Quiz
Intro to Globalization

Get to the Source

100 People Video/Info Sheet
Globalization Journal

What’s the Big Idea?

Global Family Investigation

HOM Reflection

Travels of a T-Shirt


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