School Resources: Grades 9-12

The Business of Food Developed by Oxfam Canada, this resource is made up of 11 interesting fact-based articles, covering topics such as the “big” business of food, real costs of food, agricultural trade, food dumping & donating, fair trade, pesticides, economics and food security. It includes a case study from Tanzania, project profiles from Ethiopia and Zimbabwe as well as several quizzes and exercises arranged by subject area – math, literature, French, biology, global issues. Answer keys are provided.

Climate Change, Connections and Solutions A two-week curriculum unit for grades 9-12 produced by Facing the Future encouraging students to think critically about climate change and to collaborate to devise solutions. Students learn about climate change within a systems framework, examining interconnections among environmental, social, and economic issues. A curriculum for grave 6-8 is also available.

The Otesha Book by the Otesha Project is divided into six chapters devoted to sustainability: water, clothes, media, coffee, food, and transportation. Four thematic tools are employed to set the stage to share ideas and points of view. Students can debate, discuss, compare and contrast their own behaviour to the changes the narrator makes in his/her life. Following this exercise, students can decide on their mode of action.

A Hungry World – Understanding the Global Food Crisis Developed by World Vision, this resource provides background information, statistics, case studies, classroom activities and action ideas for teaching about global food insecurity. Students explore the many causes and impacts of the food crisis, such as rising fuel prices, ethanol and meat production and commodities markets—while considering the complex ways in which causes and impacts are interrelated. Students examine their own food consumption, read case studies about affected children and families and consider the difficult choices families are sometimes forced to make when their food supply diminishes.

Take Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai These two lessons and related materials examine how environmental issues such as deforestation are intricately linked to many other social issues, and how organizations such as the Green Belt Movement use certain strategies to mobilize citizen action toward social and environmental justice. These lessons are directed toward grades 9 through 12, and college students for use in the following subject areas: social studies, environmental studies, political science, women’s studies, international studies, world history, government and civics.