Poverty

By telling the story of Himal as he copes with poverty—the grade-specific lesson plans illustrate the issues and challenges facing today's youth, as well as programs that are working to improve his life.

Based on UNICEF's flagship report, The State of the World's Children—a comprehensive annual assessment of the world's most vulnerable children—TeachUNICEF lesson plans help students gain a deeper knowledge of the issues facing children and youth around the world.

How Poverty Affects Children: Shasha's Story (full unit) 9 to 12

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In this high school unit, students explore the meaning of poverty through the eyes of Shasha, a 14-year-old girl working to help feed her family in post-2010 earthquake Haiti. By examining a UNICEF official's interview, statistical poverty indicators, and UNICEF poverty-reducing programs, students learn about the effect of poverty on children's lives and the most promising programs to reduce poverty. This unit concludes with a writing assessment aligned with College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards 1 and 2 for Writing from the Common Core State Standards. The unit also helps build empathy with children who experience extreme poverty with an optional tie-in with "Live Below the Line," a challenge to eat and drink on just $1.50 for five days.

How Poverty Affects Children: Shasha's Story (full unit) 6 to 8

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In this middle school unit, students explore the meaning of poverty through the eyes of Shasha, a 14-year-old girl working to help feed her family in post-2010 earthquake Haiti. By examining the root causes of poverty, statistical poverty indicators, and UNICEF poverty-reducing programs, students learn about the effect of poverty on children's lives and ways to break the cycle of poverty. This unit concludes with a writing assessment aligned with College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards 1 and 2 for Writing from the Common Core State Standards. The unit also helps build empathy with children who experience extreme poverty with an optional tie-in with "Live Below the Line," a challenge to eat and drink on just $1.50 for five days.

Christine's Story

Dec 29, 2010 - Christine's story: A 14-year-old Haitian student braves the aftermath of the earthquake. UNICEF correspondent Thomas Nybo reports on the progress of a 14-year-old Haitian girl who is doing well in school despite the lingering effects of the January 2010 earthquake.

Shasha's Story

Shasha's story: UNICEF revisits a Haitian girl in a camp for the displaced. UNICEF correspondent Thomas Nybo reports on a young Haitian girl's hope for continued education, a year after the earthquake destroyed her family's home.

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