As Election Day in the USA is approaching, what does it matter to the rest of the world who becomes the next American president? Here’s a look at how global issues will be affected: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/10/22/926692628/trump-and-biden-on-global-issues-from-reproductive-rights-to-refugees
This year’s OD Project support young refugees from South Sudan. Visit this site: https://www.od.no/pushgrensene to learn more about the project. What do you learn about the country South Sudan and the challenges people are faced with there? Why have many people fled to the neighbour country, Uganda? What are some of the problems they are faced with there? What is the OD Project going to help with?
Write a blog post where you argue why Norwegian students should take part in this year’s OD Project.
During the last few weeks, protests against police violence and the treatment of certain groups have developed in Nigeria. Find out more here: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-54666368
Social media has played a big role in the protests and spreading information. However, there have also been fake or false news stories circulating: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-54628292
What do you think about social media’s role in spreading awareness about such issues and protests, and in what ways can it be damaging when false accounts of such protests are spread in the media?
What does this cartoon tell you about the government’s response to the protests?
Read this article:
Also follow the link https://www.bbc.com/news/world-54477214 to learn more about the work of the UN World Food Programme.
Find out more about the Zero Hunger Goal here: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/hunger/
Then write a blog post about the goal and what you think about the Nobel Committee’s decision to award this year’s Peace Prize to the World Food Programme. Give examples of the work they do. How is the goal of no hunger related to peace?
- Take a look at what the refugee situation is like in the world today: https://www.unhcr.org/figures-at-a-glance.html?fbclid=IwAR2v8SbIQQMRbPf66tUb8O60mcZm2ERhqGm9A5aqu7bguZY7at0Tcl263X4
2. Work in pairs. One person reads up on migration, the other on refugees. Take turns telling each other what you found out:
You should also check out The International Organization on Migration:: https://www.iom.int/
3. Read the two texts below:
Discuss what they tell you about the issues of migration and refugees. What thoughts do these texts provoke in you?
Warshan Shire has said it is important to her to “tell the stories of those people, especially refugees and immigrants, that otherwise wouldn’t be told, or told inaccurately.” What do you think she means by this? Does she succeed in doing so with her poem? Give examples from the text. Can you find similar examples from the other text you read?
4. Immigrant Posters: Discuss these posters and the message they send:
5. The situation in Moria
Read this article to find out more about the situation in Moria after the fire: https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/09/12/greeces-moria-camp-fire-whats-next
Watch this video:
- Why are women and girls especially at risk?
- What do you think Europe should do about the situation in this and other refugee camps? Discuss in your groups.
6. The artist Banksy has donated a lot of art and even a ship to the cause of helping refugees in the Mediterranean Sea.
What do you think about this kind of activism, combining art, creation of awareness and collecting money for a cause?
First, take this quiz to see if you make good climate choices: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/08/30/climate/climate-footprint-quiz.html?campaign_id=54&emc=edit_clim_20200902&instance_id=21841&nl=climate-fwd%3A®i_id=82938763&segment_id=37340&te=1&user_id=3f918cec3816c58d935d8b30ca3a78b9
How, does the article above argue, has Trump’s administration been a set-back for climate ad environmental policies? Make a list and discuss. Then look at this article:
This article argues that Biden has a better climate platform. What are some of the things mentioned that he will do if he is elected president?
Listen to the speech above. What is DiCaprio’s message? What are some of the devices he uses to get his message across?
Watch the film Before the Flood:
The film is from 2016. Do you think it is still relevant today? Have things gotten worse, or improved in some areas? Discuss in your groups. Use the film’s web site to get updates and see what can be done: https://www.beforetheflood.com/
Write a blog post about climate change and how it is affecting our environment, using the information you now has as your starting point.
- What is the WHO, and why has the Trump administration withdrawn its support for this organization?
- What implications do you think it will have if the US does not cooperate with the WHO on developing a vaccine?
Congratulations on having created your very own blog! Please remember to send the link to your blog to your English teacher.
Now it is time for you to write your very first blog post, in which you include the following:
- a bit about you – who are you, your interests etc.
- why you chose the subject International English
- what expectations you have to this subject
- and finally, look at the UN Sustainable Development goals and write a paragraph about which goal you would like to learn more about and why. Also include suggestions or thoughts on how to work with this goal.
Finishing this blog post and POSTING IT on your blog is homework for next week (week 36).
Welcome to a new school year at Fagerlia!
In this class both you and us teachers will use blogs to share information, curriculum, assignments, and answers. At the end of the year we will host a Blog Awards, awarding the best blog, best layout, the blogger with the most posts etc.
Let’s get started!
The first order of business is for you to create your own blogs. Remember, this is an educational blog, which will be evaluated, so keep it tidy and professional. Use https://www.wordpress.com and choose a free account. When making your account you can choose whether to have a public, private or hidden blog, but no matter which you choose you have to share the link with your teacher.
You will receive assignments to publish on your blogs, and some of these will be graded with grades, others will be graded “approved” / “not approved”. This is a good way to practice and develop your writing skills. Feedback on the blog posts will be given directly to you on Skolearena.
So, get to it! Create your blog, and include links to other public blogs of your classmates, as well as our teacher blog, if you find other relevant sites you are free to link to these as well. You might also include a map so you can see where your visitors are from.
We encourage you to read some of your fellow students blogs – both for inspiration and to support each other. Maybe also leave a comment?
After having created your blog, your first blog assignment will be given by your teacher.
Ellen, Ingunn and Hanna
According to Mahatma Ghandi, “poverty is the worst form of violence”.
- What is poverty?
- Try to make up your own definition of this term
- Who are the poor?
- Why does poverty exist?
- Will we ever be able to eradicate poverty?
Take 10 minutes to write down your thoughts on these questions, and then discuss with a classmate.
Today we will discuss the documentary The End of Poverty What is the main message of the documentary?
We will also look at this TedTalk. What new perspectives are essential in order to begin eradicating poverty, according to Efosa Omojo?
Finally, we will read the short story “Robert and the Dog” by Ken Saro-Wiwa and discuss how this story is relevant to the topic of poverty.